NASELLE – Offensive lineman Vince Fauver caught his first career touchdown on the night he was crowned Homecoming King in a 54-0 win over Neah Bay Friday, Oct. 5. Despite a sideways rain, Cole Dorman threw for 432 yards. Josh Townsen lit up the Neah Bay defense for 134 first-quarter receiving yards in the first quarter alone and made major contributions on defense. Naselle improved to 5-1 overall, 3-0 in league play with the win over the Red Devils (3-3, 2-1).
At the halftime coronation, Kenzie Glenn was recognized as Homecoming Queen, Fauver as King.
Fauver’s touchdown came in the third quarter, out of a power formation with the tight ends playing on the inside of the guards. Since this is small-school, eight-man football, teams usually play with three-man lines, with no tackles. Putting tight ends on the line might ordinarily indicate a commitment to overpower the defense and run up the middle. But because Fauver was lined up outside the tight end, he was, strictly speaking, an eligible receiver. He ran a route, got open, and caught the pass for an 18-yard touchdown that stretched Naselle’s lead to 38-0.
“It was an overload play,” Fauver said. “We’ve been working on it the last few weeks in practice.”
“I stole it from Neah Bay,” coach Jeff Eaton said. “They ran it against us last year. I’m still learning things; I’m still always on the lookout for good plays to use in eight-man football.”
Townsen’s big day started on the Comets’ second offensive play. He got behind his defender, caught Dorman’s pass 15 yards downfield and took it the rest of the way for a 74-yard touchdown. Two possessions later, on the first play of the Comets’ drive, Townsen took a screen pass for a 23-yard touchdown. Townsen added a 37-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass later in the quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Townsen chased Neah Bay quarterback Meric Soeneke into a Jimmy Strange sack, forcing a punt. Antonio Nolan fielded the punt in the middle of the field, made the oncoming defender slip in the wet grass, took it to the outside and outran the coverage unit down the sideline, giving Naselle an 18-0 lead in what was, up to that point, a competitive game. Townsen added another big play on defense, tackling Jay Brunk from behind to prevent a touchdown. Brunk, playing quarterback, had gained 45 yards on the play, breaking away from a corner blitz.
Ethan Lindstrom added to the Comets’ lead. Just before the half, he caught a screen pass and Jakobe Johnson freed him up with a big block, allowing him to score untouched. On the other side of halftime, Lindstrom caught a short pass and outran his defender for a 22-yard score to make it 32-0. Late in the third quarter, Lindstrom caught a 37-yard deep ball and added a 21-yarder on the same drive, helping set up a short Fa’aoso Tutu’u touchdown run.
Jacob Eaton added the Comets’ final touchdown catch with 4:34 remaining.
Tutu’u and Jimmy Strange tied for the team lead with 10 tackles. Strange recovered two fumbles. Townsen had six catches for 168 yards, Lindstrom had five for 107, and Eaton added five for 93.