NASELLE - Playing without two of their starters who were injured in an 8-man game played only three days earlier and without any chance to practice as an 11-man team rather than an 8-man team, the results of the Naselle-Valley JV football game were quite predictable.

The Comets lost in a 42-0 shutout to the Valley JVs in the game played on Naselle's Rueben Penttila Field last Monday, September 29.

"We weren't ready to play in the first half and the results showed it. Valley scored 34 points on us in the first half," said coach Matt Scrabeck. "The team got things together in the second half and held Valley to only one score."

The Comets were missing their offensive and defensive leader, Derek Johnson, who had injured a knee in Friday's game. They were also missing tight end and safety Caleb Hazen, who was held out as a precautionary move when he was hit on the head in Friday's game. "If we can get a special helmet for him, he might be available for our next game, but I don't know what Derek's status is," said Scrabeck.

The Comets had an early lasagna dinner Friday, prepared by Mrs. Scrabeck, Mrs. Hazen, and other volunteers, and then walked through the 11-man formations that they would use in the game. That was the only preparation that the team had in making the switch to the 11-man game.

"We started a young team, with all but two positions manned by freshmen and sophomores. It took them a half to get it together before they began playing a good game," said Scrabeck. "Some of our kids had good results. Freshman Tony Ruch led our team offensively with 10 carries for 60 yards. It was his best game of the season. Senior Neil Wirkkala, playing his first game ever, made four tackles, and he and the coaches were pleased with his game. Richard Smith provided much of the verbal leadership that Derek usually provides and he led the defense with six tackles."

Valley JV 20 14 0 8 -42

Naselle 0 0 0 0 -0

NHS's football 2003 schedule changed againNASELLE - Naselle High School athletic director Jon Tienhaara advised that the Comets football schedule has changed again.

This time, the changes were not caused by Naselle's change in team status. The Morton game, originally scheduled for Oct. 10 in Naselle, has been canceled. Morton's small turnout of players has forced them to drop their football program for the rest of the season.

The Comets next game will be a home game with Taholah on Oct. 17 on Naselle's Rueben Penttila Field.

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