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Tigers cool Comets for state 1B title


December 12, 2019

Chris Johnson

Naselle Comet Ethan Lindstrom takes flight after an Odessa tackle.

A young news editor once told the story: "Sports are like hunting bear with a switch," she said in her Arkansas drawl. "Sometimes you get the bear; sometimes the bear gets you, and sometimes you shouldn't go in the woods at all."

And that anecdote can sum up the Naselle Comets football season: They ran roughshod over league and playoff opponents until they ran into the buzzsaw that was the Odessa Tigers team who claimed an 80-26 victory in the state Class 1B football championship last Saturday.

Until the final minute, the Tigers scored every time they got their hands on the ball, leading 32-0 after one quarter and 54-6 at halftime. They gained 555 yards on the ground and 31 in the air. In contrast, the Comets gained 266 yards on the ground and only three in the air.

Jimmy Strange gained 138 yards on 10 carries; he scored on runs of 26 and 21 yards. Fa'aoso Tutu'u gained 115 yards on 13 carries and scored on a 52 yard run. Ethan Lindstrom had 36 yards rushing on 16 carries; he completed three of eight passes with one interception.

On defense, Joey Strange had five solo tackles and two assists; Gabe Gilbert was 5-1, Jason Haman 3/2; Kolt Lindstrom 3/1; Ethan Lindstrom 2/3; Tutu'u 2/2; Jimmy Strange 1/3; Daniel Holt 2/0 and Jordan Lopez 1/0.

The game was the last for Comet seniors Tutu'u, Ethan Lindstrom, and Gilbert.


1st Quarter

11:34 Odessa: Marcus King 16 yd. run (King rush), 2 plays, 51 yards, 8-0.

9:48 Odessa: Josh Clark 3 yd. run (King rush), 8 plays, 53 yards, 16-0.

6:00 Odessa: King 13 yd. run (Clark rush), 6 plays, 56 yards, 24-0.

3:08 Odessa: King 65 yd. run (Clark rush), 3 plays, 89 yards, 32-0.

2nd Quarter

10:25 Odessa: King, 7 yd. run (Brady Walter rush), 7 plays, 92 yards, 40-0.

6:09 Naselle: Jimmy Strange, 26 yd. run (rush failed), 7 plays, 50 yards, 40-6.

5:58 Odessa: Clark 54 yd. kickoff return (King rush), 48-6.

Chris Johnson

Jimmy Strange scores one of his two touchdowns for the Naselle Comets in their 80-26 loss to Odessa.

0:31 Odessa: King 49 yd. run (pass failed), 3 plays, 57 yards, 54-6.

3rd Quarter

8:00 Naselle: Strange 21 yd. run (Strange rush), 7 plays, 54 yards, 54-14.

7:53 Odessa: Pilot Weishaar 50 yd. kickoff return (King rush), 62-14.

1:53 Odessa: Clark 11 yd. run (Jakob Starkel pass from Cameron Weber), 5 plays, 80 yards, 70-14.

1:05 Naselle: Fa'aoso Tutu'u 52 yd. run (rush failed), 1 play, 52 yards, 70-20.

4th Quarter

9:25 Odessa: King 33 yd. run (Jeff Nelson kick), 2 plays, 48 yards, 77-20.

3:04 Odessa: Nelson 22 yd. field goal, 2 plays, 33 yards, 80-20.

1:23 Naselle: Strange 63 yd. run (rush failed), 1 play, 62 yards, 80-26.


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