NHS's Richard Smith runs 68 yards for TD vs. Taholah

<I>AUDREY WIRKKALA photo</I><BR>A Naselle Comet strives for extra yardage against heavy opposition.

Game ends after first half with Chitwins 50 points ahead

NASELLE - Taholah ran away from Naselle 56-6 in an eight-man football game at Reuben Penttila Field Friday.

The young Comets scored in the first period when Richard Smith picked up a kickoff and raced through the Chitwins for a 68-yard touchdown. Smith's spectacular run back tied the score at 6-6.

From that point on, it was all Taholah on the score board, as they poured on 50 unanswered points the remainder of the half. According to high school rules, when a team is ahead by over 45 points in the second half, the game is called. The Chitwins received the kickoff after intermission and play was halted.

The Comets earned three first downs in the game and were driving as the half-time buzzer sounded. Joe Fletcher picked up the initial first down running hard up the middle. A Taholah penalty, one of many, gave Naselle a second, and the third first-down came on an end-around play in which Caleb Hazen packed the pigskin for an 11 yard pickup.

Quarterback Doug Wise, even though he was 0-5 passing, threw the ball well according to Coach Matt Scrabeck.

"He has come a long way at quarterback and used excellent overhand form to throw tonight, but some of our receivers didn't run their routes as precisely as we would like."

Tony Ruch ran hard from his fullback position and Carl Fredrickson made a fine gain on another end-around play. Randy Johnson made a key tackle early in the game but hurt his foot and was unable to carry the football as much as Scrabeck would have liked.

Senior Dan White led the offensive line that "blocked better than they have this year," according to Assistant Coach Chris Clark. Senior running back, Derek Johnson, missed the game and is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Defensively Scrabeck had praise for Jeremy Jordan, who led the Comets with five tackles.

"He came all the way across the field to make tackles," the coach said. Smith, besides running for a touchdown, also led the Comets by sacking the Chitwin QB on two occasions.

To Scrabeck and the Comets' credit, the team battled and played clean football the entire half. Taholah was whistled for seven penalties, including taunting, clipping, and hitting late. Naselle lost three fumbles while Taholah didn't turn the ball over in the contest. The Chitwins ran for over 300 yards and passed for over 75 more.

The Comets record is now 0-5 and their final game of the season is with Christian Faith in Naselle Sept. 25.

At half time the faithful Comet fans were treated to a glimpse of the future as approximately 40 budding superstars participated in two simultaneous flag football games. The pre-junior high kids are part of the youth football program Scrabeck and members of the community are promoting. The Comet junior high team defeated Valley handily last week, as well.

Taholah 34 22 -56

Naselle 6 -6

Scoring:

First quarter

Tah-8:34 Pittack 61 run (run failed)

Naselle-8:21 Richard Smith 68 KO Return (run failed)

Tah-7:26 Kautz 56 pass to Sagebar (Kautz pass to Ralston)

Tah-4:02 Pittack 50 run (run failed)

Tah-3:46 Pittack 26 run (run failed)

Tah-Russell 28 run (A. Smith run)

Second quarter

Tah-9:31 Pittack 16 run (Kautz pass to Ralston)

Tah-7:15 Pittack 88 run (Kautz pass to Ralston

Tah-4:11 Reeves 17 run (pass failed)

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