OLYMPIA - Sophomore Dustin Eaton tossed a perfectly thrown touchdown pass to classmate Chandler Chapman with 32 seconds remaining to earn Naselle a 24-21 come-from-behind Pacific 2B victory at Olympia over Northwest Christian Friday.
Naselle had trailed 7-0 and 14-12, but went ahead for the first time with 5:03 remaining when Eaton ran five yards for a touchdown. The Navigators from Olympia put together a 65-yard drive, thanks to 50 yards of penalties assessed from the South Sound officials.
Not to be laundered by yellow hankies, Eaton brought his Comets back with three completions good for 51 yards in what amounted to the NFL's two-minute drill. Leonel Mendoza ran for a pair of touchdowns early and gained 71 yards in 12 carries. Eaton added 48 yards rushing and was 10-17 for a career-high 171 yards.
Coach Jeff Eaton had praise for his line of Trevin Leeland, Seth Scrabeck, Nick Zimmerman, Jesse Kimball and Ryley Queener. "They only got to Dustin once in the pocket, thanks to our line. We threw a season's worth of passes tonight, but we needed every one of them," said Eaton with a huge smile and a sigh of relief.
The huge victory gives Naselle sole possession of third place in the Pacific as they improve to 2-2 in league and 5-2 overall. The Navigators are also 2-2 and drop to fourth place.
Pacific League standings:
South Bend 4-0
Northwest Christian 2-2
North Beach 1-3