Tulalip Heritage beat Naselle, 74-40

Next: Thursday, Oct. 22 vs. Washington School for the Deaf, home, 7 p.m.

By PATRICK WEBB

Observer correspondent

NASELLE — Ever had three minutes of your life you would like to do over?

That was the pervading feeling on the drive home Friday as the Naselle football team and coaches reflected on a 74-40 loss.

The Comets faced Tulalip Heritage, a Marysville-based team that had accepted a late nonleague game when Naselle’s contest at Twin Valley was cancelled because that team had too few players. The eight-man football game was played on a neutral field at Oakville.

Naselle’s defense had trouble coping with the Hawks’ Robert Miles Jr., a speedy player with a 6-1, 185-pound frame who was difficult to bring down.

Despite his dominance, NHS Coach Jeff Eaton said the score went back and forth in the early stages.

Naselle was behind 30-26, unable to get its passing game going, but gaining good yardage on the ground. Going into halftime with a 6-point deficit seemed acceptable, Eaton said.

With 2:56 remaining in the first half, Naselle’s nightmare began.

“They scored, got an onside kick, got it, scored, and with 49 seconds left we threw a pass for an interception and they scored again,” said Eaton, disbelief and frustration evident in his voice.

Those three touchdowns put the halftime score at 50-26 in favor of Tulalip Heritage. Despite scoring again in the second half, Naselle could not gain momentum.

When the final whistle sounded, running back Jacob Scrabeck had scored five touchdowns for the Comets, gaining 263 yards on 22 carries. It brought his season tally to 19, but on the night only put a dent in the Hawks’ winning margin.

Quarterback Hayden Gudmundsen had a tough night passing, but on the ground he made 77 yards in four carries, including a touchdown.

The coach said tackling was somewhat erratic. Scrabeck and D.J. Wirkkala chalked up 11 apiece, Kyle Wirkkala made seven and Ramzi Estes had five.

Next for the Comets is the visit of the Washington School for the Deaf in a rare Thursday night game.

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