NASELLE — Cole Dorman threw for five touchdowns as the Naselle Comets scored early and often in a lopsided 72-20 victory over Neah Bay in the Quad-District 1B football playoffs on Friday in Naselle.
Naselle (8-2) moves into the state quarterfinals, where it will face the fifth seed from districts 5-6-7-9 on Saturday at a time and field to be determined.
“We scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter, then we went into a penalty binge,” Naselle coach Jeff Eaton said. “We had every possible penalty. Fortunately, it didn’t last long.”
Dorman was an efficient 19-25 for 269 yards. He completed first-half scoring strikes of 27 yards to Josh Townsen, 9 yards to Jacob Eaton, and 5 yards to Fa’aoso Tutu’u as the Comets rolled to a 36-6 halftime lead. In the second half, Antonio Nolan hauled-in a 30 yard scoring strike, and Ethan Lindstrom snagged a 16 yard TD toss.
“Cole was really on his game,” Eaton said. “We did a good job protecting him and he didn’t have constant pressure. When he has time to pass, he’s deadly accurate.”
The victory didn’t come without injuries, as Jacob Eaton and Townsen left the game in the second half. Eaton suffered a dislocated thumb, and Townsen broke a toe.
“Ethan was in a lot of pain when the trainer touched his toe,” Eaton said. “Jacob got his thumb back in place, and it’ll be in some sort of protection. We won’t play until Saturday, so he’ll get an extra day to recover.”
Naselle also rushed 19 times for 171 yards. Nolan had seven carries for 64 yards, Erik Lund had nine touches for 54 yards including a 1-yard scoring dive, and Lindstrom, Oggie Lopez and Fa’aoso Tutu’u had a rushing score apiece. Townsen caught five passes for 72 yards, and Lindstrom grabbed seven passes for 70 yards.
Defensively, Lindstrom had nine tackles, recovered a fumble for a score, and was lauded for his deep kickoffs. Jimmy Strange had eight tackles, an interception and a safety, and Lopez had nine tackles and an interception.