SOUTH BEND - An experienced and talented South Bend squad ran past Naselle 68-0 Friday in 11-man football action. The under-manned Comets had 13 players left standing at game's end.
The Indians did not suit up any of their seniors and both of Naselle's seniors were injured during the one-sided contest.
"Right now we are trying to hold on to our positive motivation, trying to teach the players until we can get the [football playing] experience we need to be competitive," Coach Matt Scrabeck said. He had praise for sophomore Randy Johnson, saying he ran extremely hard and had a good game.
"Mike Perez played very well in the defensive line and had several hard tackles," according to Scrabeck.
Comet seniors, Derek Johnson (knee) and Dan White (wrist), were injured and not able to complete the contest. Others on the M.A.S.H.-like list of injured included Joseph Fletcher (knee), Tony Ruch (thigh), and David Gradt (shoulder) according to the coach.
Doug Wise continues to play steady at the quarterback position and completed three passes to Fletcher for 17 yards. Randy Johnson returned kicks well, also, according to Scrabeck. Richard Smith punted very well, several times pinning the Indians deep in their own territory. Defensively Jeremy Ray at his outside linebacker position led the team in tackles.
"We have to concentrate on short-term goals right now," Scrabeck said. "We have to improve every day and be happy with small victories when we accomplish something new. It has been a lot of fun coaching these guys so far this season."
The Comet record falls to 0-4, having played two 11-man games and two eight-man football frays. Their next action will be at home against Taholah in an eight-man contest set for October 17. "Hopefully the week off will give us time to heal and to continue to improve," Scrabeck concluded.
Naselle 0 0 0 0 -0
SB 32 16 14 6 -68