MATLOCK — Naselle took a 30-0 halftime lead on their way to a 44-14 road win over Mary M Knight on Saturday, Sept. 30. Naselle dominated the Owls on both sides of the ball beginning early in the game.
The Comets got on the board with Erik Lund’s 18-yard run. They soon got the ball back and struck quickly. On the first play of the drive, Cole Dorman threw a deep ball for Brian Smith, who caught it along the sideline for 33 yards at the Owls’ 15 yard line. Smith ran it in five plays later, producing a 16-0 first-quarter lead.
Early in the second quarter, Vince Fauver got quick pressure on the Owls quarterback, who put the ball up for grabs, leading to an interception by D.J. Wirkkala. Lund had a 32 yard touchdown run on the next play. On the two-point conversion, Wirkkala took a direct snap and ran it in for a 24-0 lead.
Shortly after, the Owls had to punt but fumbled the snap deep in their own territory. Dorman again went for the jugular, hitting Lund for a 14-yard touchdown pass, Lund’s third score of the game. That gave the Comets a 30-0 lead with 7:55 remaining in the second quarter.
Conditions for the 1:00 game were unexpectedly dry in the first half, but the rain made up for lost time with a very heavy downpour beginning when the teams took the field for the second half. Fans, watching from the grass near the field or small unprotected bleachers, huddled under umbrellas and tents. Fortunately for the Comets, Dorman was unfazed. He hit Parker Dalton with a 24-yard pass down the sideline, setting up a touchdown run by Oggie Lopez. Later in the quarter, Dorman hit a 25-yard pass to Jacob Eaton.
After an Owl touchdown, Lopez returned the kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and a 44-8 lead. The Owls scored again with 6:38 remaining to make it 44-14. The Comets practiced their slow-down game, running down the rest of the clock.
Dorman finished 11 of 18 for 197 yards and a touchdown pass. Lund had 115 yards on 16 carries. Smith had 10 tackles, including two sacks.