TACOMA, Wash. — The Comets’ superior passing game and an explosive performance by Fa’aoso Tutu’u led to a lopsided road win over a talented Tacoma Baptist team, as Naselle beat the Crusaders 56-20 at Curtis High School in Tacoma Saturday night.
Tutu’u recovered a Crusader fumble deep in Comets’ territory and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown, helping the Comets to a 24-6 halftime.
His 62-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half turned it into a blowout, and he added a 31-yard score in the closing minutes.
Tutu’u finished with 129 yards rushing on eight carries, despite having a 77-yard first-half run called back on holding.
“He’s just a freak athlete,” fellow running back Antonio Nolan said of Tutu’u. “He’s fast, he has vision and cutting ability.”
Naselle quarterback Cole Dorman added touchdowns on a 40-yard run and a 22-yard deep ball to Ethan Lindstrom.
Timing in the Comet passing game was precise. Dorman, a senior, has been throwing to most of his receivers for three or four years.
“Every time Cole has time, he finds someone,” Nolan said. “We (receivers and running backs) are good at running routes. We practice it a lot, the timing of it.”
“I consider him the most accurate passer I’ve had,” long-time coach Jeff Eaton said.
Lindstrom set up the Comets’ first touchdown with a 24-yard catch-and-run, using a nifty move to elude his defender. For their second touchdown, the Comets turned to a trick play. Dorman connected on a short pass to Jacob Eaton in the middle of the field. Eaton drew tacklers and lateralled to Nolan, who took off for the 39-yard score.
The Comets (2-1) host Darrington in a league opener Friday at 6 p.m.