The Comets outscored Neah Bay 34-0 in the decisive second quarter in a 54-22 road win over the Neah Bay Red Devils Friday, Oct. 26. Jimmy Strange scored three long touchdowns in the game.
The Devils kept the ball away from Naselle in the early going. They started the game with an onside kick recovery, scored a touchdown 43 seconds in, and followed with another onside recovery.
Cole Dorman’s 43-yard scramble tied it at eight with 5:31 remaining in the first quarter. Neah Bay threatened again, getting into Comets territory late in the quarter before losing a fumble at the 36.
Dorman capitalized on the turnover, hitting Josh Townsen deep for a 50-yard touchdown twelve seconds into the second period, the start of a dominant quarter for the Comets. Strange recovered the ensuing onside kick, then took a short pass 52 yards for Naselle’s second touchdown in 15 seconds.
Naselle’s offense continued producing explosive plays throughout the quarter. Fa’aoso Tutu’u had a 30-yard touchdown run to make it 28-6. Ethan Lindstrom caught a deep ball for a 44-yard touchdown, then added another 44-yard touchdown catch-and-run for the 42-8 lead.
Strange added touchdown runs of 38 and 57 yards in the second half.
Naselle finished the regular season 8-1, 6-0 in Northwest League play. Their only loss was to State-favorite Odessa, by a 76-14 score. Naselle has a first-round bye in the playoffs. Next weekend, they face the winner of this week’s game between Taholah and Rainier Christian. Naselle defeated Rainier Christian 72-12 this year.