MENLO - Going into Friday night's game, the Willapa Valley Vikings had not allowed a point to be scored against them in their first two games of the 2002 football season.
Following their game with Naselle, they still hadn't allowed a point as they shut out the Comets 48-0 in the teams' opening Cen-Pac League football game played in Menlo. NHS's record dropped to 0-3 for the season, 0-1 in league.
The defending state champion Vikings wasted little time in putting it to the Comets, leading 27-0 after one quarter, 41-0 at the half. The second half was much more even as the Vikings went deeper into their roster and NHS played a better second half.
"Valley played a near perfect game," said Comets coach Matt Scrabeck. "I complimented their coach on the way that their players played the game. We did much better in the second half after we started in carrying the fight to the other team. We will be working on that this week and on staying focused on what we are doing. We will be practicing on staying with our blocks and the backs hitting the holes when they are open."
Scrabeck had words of praise for some of his beleaguered Comets. He said that freshman Wryan Anderson was outstanding on defense. Scrabeck said that Anderson made things happen and worked all over the field.
Scrabeck said, in addition to Anderson, "The young kids did well. Doug Weiss showed leadership at quarterback. Tony Mendoza ran well in the second half."
Derick Johnson, playing in his first game after a knee injury, played well at center. Cody Davis gained 79 yards in 14 carries, mostly on option plays.
The Comets entertain unbeaten South Bend on Rueben Penttila Field this Friday. The Indians are one of the surprise teams of the early season as they beat Mossyrock last week in their league opener.
Naselle 0 0 0 0 - 0
Valley 27 14 0 7 - 48