NASELLE - The Naselle Comets football team played its last home game of the season Friday, Oct. 21, on Rueben Penttila Field, losing 42-6 to the state's second ranked team, the Willapa Valley Vikings. The Comets league record dropped to 0-4 and 2-6 overall.
The Comets own mistakes were a big part of the loss to the high-powered Vikings. "We had several turnovers early that gave them a short field," said Coach Robin Andrea.
Those turnovers numbered four in the first half, including an interception that was returned for a TD. Naselle had eight fumbles, losing three, and threw two interceptions in the game.
All of those mistakes contributed to Valley scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter. The Vikings added two more scores in the second quarter, to lead 42-0 at the half, even though the Vikings also turned over a fumble deep in Naselle territory shortly before the half.
"The kids played hard and just could not keep up with Valley's speed.
"At the same time, we played every down trying to make things happen. This will pay off in our future," said Andrea. "It is difficult to continually change the way we have had to (because of injuries) but the kids are game and continue to work at it."
The Comets more than held their own in the final 24 minutes with the Vikings playing more of their reserves in the second half. Naselle's only score came on a six-yard touchdown run by Aoy Marion in the fourth quarter.
The Comets were only out gained 282 yards to 207 yards. Marion gained 111 yards on 19 carries, including the six-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter for Naselle's only score of the game.
Naselle closes out its season this Friday at South Bend.