NASELLE Travis McMillion ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the game and Onalaska never trailed as the Loggers chopped down the Comets 42-26 in a non-league football game in Naselle Oct. 11.
We stopped them at times, but they had too many big plays on offense, coach Jeff Eaton stated. We moved the football sporadically. Sam Scrabeck threw six passes that hit our receivers in their hands, but they dropped the ball, Eaton lamented.
The Comets trailed 12-8 at halftime. They first got on the scoreboard when Scrabeck tackled an Onalaska runner in their end zone for a safety. Scrabeck then capped off a second-quarter drive with a seven-yard scamper for a touchdown, but the kick failed.
Just before halftime we had a sure touchdown pass fall through our fingertips and that would have given us the lead and some momentum, Eaton said.
The Loggers were held scoreless for much of the third quarter. However McMillion passed for a 58-yard touchdown, fullback Keifer Kastle powered over the goal line from 17 yards out and then McMillion raced for a 47-yard touchdown to end the quarter in a flurry.
Naselle answered with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Scrabeck to Franco Smith in the third period. Scrabeck proved to be a workhorse as he rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter from 22 yards and from one yard out.
In the battle of quarterbacks, Scrabeck ran for 133 yards in 25 carries and he passed for 129 yards by completing 13 of 27. McMillion rushed for 147 yards in 13 carries and he passed for 94 yards by connecting on four of seven throws. Scrabeck scored three touchdowns on the ground, passed for another and recorded a safety, while McMillion ran for three scores and passed for one touchdown.
The Comets defense was led by Justin Martinez with 10 tackles and Skyler York who made nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Hayden Gudmundsen and Cody Kirkman both contributed seven tackles and Moti Tutuu and Dakota Phillips both had six tackles. Smith intercepted a pass for Naselle.
Tony Lopez rushed for seven yards in three tries and Martinez gained 41 yards in seven carries. Jake Williams caught four passes for 65 yards, Gudmundsen caught five passes for 14 yards, Cole Bergeson had two receptions for 23 yards and Smith added two catches for 27 yards.
Their touchdown pass in the third period was a killer. Our football IQ wasnt what it should have been on that play. It was third down and 18 yards to go and we should have never let their receiver get behind us. We keep making those kinds of mistakes. The kids fought back and on most plays we stopped their running game, but then we would have a penalty or fumble the football. We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot, Eaton explained.
He had praise for Yorks putning. He angled all five punts away from McMillion. Skyler knew the game plan and he executed it. We did several good things against Onalaska, but we made too many mistakes, Eaton concluded.
We had our ups and downs against Onalaska, but we definitely are improving as a team. I caught five passes, the most I have caught as a varsity receiver. Most of my receptions came on bubble-screens where Connor (See) or Jake (Williams) blocked for me. I like playing defense better, but you have to play on both sides of the ball to win. As safety I came really close to an interception, Gudmundsen stated.
We stopped them right before the first half was over and that pumped us up going into the locker room. But then fumbles and mistakes with our outside containment cost us the game. I definitely punted away from McMillion. It was weird last Friday to not have a game, but it was nice to get back out there and make some tackles. We have the capability to still make the playoffs if we stay focused, York related.
Naselle rushed for 181 yards and passed for 129, while the Loggers ran for 347 yards and passed for 94. Almost half of those yards came on four touchdowns that totaled 202 yards for Onalaska. Turnovers were costly as the Comets lost four fumbles, while recovering one fumble and interception a Loggers pass. McMillion ran for 147 yards and Kastle 153.
The offensive line of Dakota Phillips, Cody Kirkman, Allyn Bauer, Jacob Scrabeck, Bergeson, Tutuu and York protected Scrabeck and opened the outside for him to run. The difference-maker was the big play explosiveness of McMillion.
Naselle is 0-3 in league play and 1-4 for the season, while Onalaska improves to 3-3 on the year.
Onalaska 12 0 22 8 42
Naselle 0 8 6 12 26
ONY Travis McMillion 80 run (kick failed)
ONY Keifer Kastle 1 run (run failed)
NAS Safety Sam Scrabeck
NAS Scrabeck 7 run (kick failed)
ONY McMillion 58 pass to Evan Wrzesinski (run good)
ONY Kastl 17 run (pass good)
ONY McMillion 47 run (pass failed)
NAS Scrabeck to Franco Smith 25 pass (kick failed)
NAS Scrabeck 22 run (pass failed)
ONY McMillion 3 run (pass good)
NAS Scrabeck 1 run (pass failed)