PUYALLUP — Ethan Lindstrom made big plays on offense, defense and as kicker in the opening minutes, putting Naselle ahead 24-0 after three minutes on their way to a 68-0 win at Chief Leschi Friday, Sept. 13.

Lindstrom opened by recovering his own onside kick, bouncing the ball through a gap in the middle of the return team. Shortly thereafter, Joey Strange found the end zone with a 34-yard run on a sweep toss from Lindstrom. Jason Harman came up with an interception, setting up a 23-yard touchdown run by Lindstrom. Two plays later, Lindstrom returned an interception for a touchdown. The Comets added two-point conversions on all three early touchdowns to lead 24-0 2:54 into the game.

The Warriors, normally an 11-man football team, were playing their second straight non-league game against an eight-man 1B team, having squeaked by Muckleshoot Tribal in the opening week. Fewer players on the field means less friction, and a team with a speed edge has an unstoppable advantage. Often that advantage is most pronounced when the fast team is on offense. But Comet coach Jeff Eaton said the speed advantage for the Comets’ defensive line over Leschi’s offensive line was a key on Friday, as the Comets held the Warriors to one first down.

“Our defensive linemen were in their backfield all the time,” Eaton said. “Our offense had short fields all day and didn’t really have to gain many yards. We pinned them deep, and they didn’t gain any yards.”

Kolten Lindstrom had a sack and recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown and one near the goal line. Kolten also recovered another of his brother’s tricky kickoffs.

“Ethan kicked it deep, it was one of those where he put his spin on it, it bounced around, and Kolten recovered it,” Eaton said.

Ethan Lindstrom finished two of five passing, hitting Jimmy Strange and Oggie Lopez for touchdowns. He added seven carries for 101 yards, including the early touchdown.

Jimmy and Joey Strange combined for 114 rushing yards on 10 carries. Kolten Lindstrom added a rushing touchdown.

Naselle (2-0) will host Tacoma Baptist (0-2) in a non-league game Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

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

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