A 47 yard pass, 41 yard field goal, and 40 yard catch and run jump-started the Comets to a 23 point lead in Verndale. With running time starting in the third quarter, the Comets quietly closed the game with their second win in a 39-8 underlined win Friday night.
"So many things went right for us tonight," recalled Hillcrest Head Coach Charlie Brue. "We had a really good completion rate." Comet Quarterback Sean McGuire completed 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. McGuire's work through the air was made possible by the Comet line who fortified the trenches against a hard-hitting Verndale team.
Verndale's one-two punch of Mitch Blaha and Mack Jones is 9-man smash-mouth football at its best. Few teams in the area establish the run better than Verndale has over the last decade, and the 2015 Pirates are no exception. Verndale roughed-up 205 of its 213 total yards through their two-headed running back attack. The Comet defensive line was prepared for the contest and fortified the line of scrimmage. Coach Charlie Brue noted, "Our defense was stout, making several crucial third and fourth down stops...We surprised ourselves tonight."
The Comet clinic on scoring saw tough running from Kyler Newman and Chris Tungseth, in addition to the electrifying play of Sean McGuire and Reggie Undseth. Undseth hauled in 8 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown, while McGuire used his legs eight times earning 49 yards and a touchdown. Newman had 10 carries for 64 yards with 5 receptions for 41 yards. Tungseth did his part with an 11 yards per carry average on 5 handoffs, while snapping 2 passes out of the air for 46 yards, giving him 101 yards from the line of scrimmage.
Teams facing the Comets not only have to stop the traditional air and ground attack. Hillcrest Senior Jordan Foss is making a name for himself in the humid autumn air as he is putting-up big-time Comet points. A 41 yard field goal attempt continued to climb after reaching the goal line. Stout defenses can't let the Comets cross the 50 yard line with Foss' kicking ability on the Comet sideline. The challenge of stopping the Comets, who put together 390 yards of total offense Friday night, is made more difficult with the legs of Foss who offers the Comets points anytime they near the 40 yard line.
The Comets look forward to a Friday night contest verses Rothsay in hopes of going 3-0 on the season.