The Comets took a “short” bus ride Friday and came home with a 42-12 win.
The mere 85 miles to Oakville was nothing like their two prior road marathons which were at least twice that far.
But they arrived to find just 11 players suited up to play the 8-man football game.
Once the visitors’ score hit 22, the Acorns coach asked for a running clock to offer some mercy (in high school, that usually only comes into play when the score hits 40).
Oakville had begun brightly, but when Naselle junior DJ Wirkkala intercepted a pass and ran it back to about halfway, the visitors’ points started coming.
Senior quarterback Hayden Gudmundsen got into gear, spearheading the offense with plays that would accumulate into five carries for 94 yards. He scored two touchdowns himself — one from 10 yards — and connected with sophomore running back Erik Lund for a 17-yard passing play for another.
Lund caught two passes for a total of 32 yards.
Another sophomore, Carson Bergeson, took his opportunity from full back and added six points running in from three yards.
Jacob Scrabeck, who had two good games on the Lyle field the prior two weeks, had a 24-yard rushing touchdown. He carried the ball a total of six times, clocking up 72 yards.
Freshman Tommy Lopez added 54 yards on five carries, part of Naselle’s 241 yards on the ground.
On defense, freshman Vince Fauver played middle linebacker and made three tackles. Sophomore Shon McEneny also had three tackles, including sacking the quarterback for a 12-yard loss.
As in prior wins, Naselle head coach Jeff Eaton used the solid margin of points to give his squad’s youngsters some varsity playing time. “They are gaining experience.”
The last Comets’ score, in the third quarter, featured a pass from quarterback Cole Dorman to Parker Dalton. The two freshmen had connected for a touchdown in the opening game of the season against Chief Leschi.
Oakville put together plays to score in the third and fourth quarters, but Naselle players were ready to celebrate.
“The bus ride home was pretty loud,” said Eaton.
Naselle had its sole loss the prior week against Sunnyside Christian, so the Comets’ season record stands at 3-1. Next is a home clash with Taholah Friday.
The Chitwhins fell to large scores against Lummi, Evergreen Christian and Neah Bay — some of the top-ranked teams in the region. But they bounced back with a monster 74-8 win over Mary M. Knight High School Friday.
Eation is ready. “I really think it’s going to be a good match-up,” he said.
Naselle 42, Oakville 12
Score by quarters
Naselle 28 8 6 0 — 42
Oakville 0 0 6 6 — 12
Naselle 42, Oakville 12
Next: Friday, Naselle, vs. Taholah, home, 7 p.m.