ILWACO The only time the Fishermen and the Comets will meet on the football field in 2012 was last Thursday. The game was a controlled scrimmage at Peterson Field in Ilwaco and everyone was declared a winner in learning alignment, assignment and techniques.
The Comets were led by the two touchdowns from Sam Scrabeck, another by Tony Lopez and a couple TD catches for Chandler Chapman. The Fishermen countered with a drive that was capped off by Tom Odneals burst to paydirt behind the wedge blocking of his teammates.
A total of 14 Naselle players and another 24 from Ilwaco lined up Thursday in a scrimmage where each team alternated 10 plays on offense and 10 plays on defense. The teams alternated between varsity and JV players.
Recovering a fumble for Ilwaco was Mike Warner, and Cole Bergeson pounced on a loose ball for the Comets. Chandler Chapman snared an interception for Naselle and Brandon Sparks picked off a pass for the Fishermen.
The scrimmage culminated spring football workouts for both schools during the month of June. Ilwaco also visited Castle Rock for a jamboree of controlled scrimmages (no kickoffs or punts and quick whistles to avoid injury), where they played very well according to Ilwaco coach Kevin McNulty.
Naselle coach Jeff Eaton was happy with the efforts of his team during the spring workouts.
Neither team will be participating in the football camp at Camp Rilea this summer as in years past.
Our spring practices have been pretty productive, said IHS quarterback Eric McMillan. We have learned our plays, and especially at Castle Rock we found out we can hang with the other teams in our league like La Center and Kalama.
Our line was pretty physical and we were able to run the football, he said. I need to definitely improve my timing with the receivers, but I threw the ball pretty well in the scrimmages.
McMillan cited time in the weight room as a reason for his improved quickness and strength.
Our team is close knit and we work well together. The light workouts this spring were great, McMillan said.
Naselles Levi Wasmundt said, Weve been working since after Memorial Day and the first few days we couldnt wear pads, but after that we went all-out. At first all we could do was walk through plays, but when we got to block and tackle it was more fun.
I saw the film of our scrimmage and I did some good stuff, but also saw things I need to work on, like firing off the ball and using the power from my hips more, Wasmundt said. I have been lifting weights and now I need to use the muscle Ive put on by lifting, he concluded.