Naselle scored 11 touchdowns for an 82-22 road win over Darrington on Friday, Oct. 12. Darrington (2-5, 0-4 in Northwest League play) kept things fairly close for a while against Naselle (6-1, 4-0), trailing only 38-22 late in the second quarter. But the Comets scored two touchdowns in the next two-and-a-half minutes and piled on some more in the second half.
Antonio Nolan caught touchdown passes of 36 and 40 yards in the first six minutes and added a 19-yard run nine seconds into the second quarter, helping Naselle to a 30-8 lead.
But Darrington was showing some life. A long kickoff return to the 10 yard line set up their first-quarter touchdown, and they scored touchdowns on runs of 20 and 79 yards in the second quarter, the latter of which got them within two touchdowns at 38-22 with 4:26 in the half. Darrington was making the game much more competitive than the teams’ previous meeting, when the Comets had gone ahead (38-0) in the early minutes.
Nolan responded with his fourth touchdown of the half on a 32-yard run. Ethan Lindstrom followed with an onside kick that the Comets recovered, then caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Cole Dorman for Naselle’s second score in just over a minute, making it 52-22 before halftime.
The Comets went on to reach a season-high point total of 82, partly because they had more game time than a team usually does in such a blowout. The running clock, which starts when one team has a 40 point lead, greatly speeds the rest of the game, suppressing outrageously high scores. But because of Darrington’s three early touchdowns, the running clock didn’t start until Naselle’s lead was 68-22 with 4:15 remaining in the third.