BELLINGHAM — Playing in strong winds, Naselle turned to its ground game for a 40-26 victory over Lummi Friday, Oct. 25. The Blackhawks (6-2 overall, 3-1 in Northwest League) gave the Comets (8-0, 5-0) their closest game of the year.

Fa’aoso Tutu’u ran for a long touchdown in the early going.

“We sent Fa’aoso up the middle on a play where they had no one lined up over center,” coach Jeff Eaton said. “It was a counter play, and he had a 60 or 70-yard touchdown run.”

It was the first of several long runs for Tutu’u. Eaton said Joey Strange and Ethan Lindstrom likely also ran for over 100 yards on the day.

With 30- to 40-mile-per-hour winds, Naselle had to keep the ball on the ground.

“We only ran three or four passes, and we never threw the ball far at all,” Eaton said.

Naselle led 24-0 by the second quarter against a Blackhawk team whose only loss had come in a 54-46 shootout against Neah Bay.

Lummi answered with a kickoff return for a touchdown and kept the game competitive. Naselle came up empty on some scoring chances. The Comets lost a pair of fumbles inside the 20. Another drive got inside the five-yard line when Ethan Lindstrom was sacked; he faked a handoff to Tutu’u, but the Blackhawks weren’t fooled and got right to him.

With Naselle clinging to a 24-12 lead in the second half, Lindstrom scored on a read-option play to extend the lead to 20 points.

The Comets’ biggest lead was 40-12, but Lummi got a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including one in the final minute, to make the game relatively close.

The Comets finish their regular season at home against Taholah Friday, Nov. 1.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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