Trevor Cook throttled Naselle’s defense for 138 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns to bolt Willapa Valley past Naselle 33-15 Friday night at Crogstad Field in Menlo. Halfback Seth Flemetis rushed for 97 yards (1 TD) and Quarterback Matt Konigsberger threw for two scores. Cook also caught a 43-yard TD pass.
The Vikings (3-1) led 21-0 at halftime and 27-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Naselle fell to 1-3 with the loss.
“Having our second consecutive great week of practice paid huge dividends when we went head to head with Naselle,” Willapa Valley head coach Greg Wonhoff told the Herald. “The order of the night was two-fold. We knew that our defensive unit was going to have its hands full trying to contain Naselle's shifty quarterback, Sammy Scrabeck, and we wanted the Viking warship to leave the dock fired up and ready to play.
Even though the Comets are in a rebuilding year, they are a hard nosed, well-coached team,” Wonhoff said. “It is one thing to scout them, watch them on film, and see their tendencies, but it can be totally different when it comes to executing a plan of attack. Our defense did what it had to do when it had to do it.
“Our defensive secondary, led by cornerback Matt ‘Front End’ Konigsberger, safety Trevor ‘Captain’ Cook, and cornerback Hunter ‘Stash’ Gray, put on a clinic on open field tackling with 5, 5, and 6 solo tackles respectively,” Wonhoff noted. “Add to that, 7 from defensive end Drew ‘Werd’ Pearson, and 5 from both inside linebackers comprised of Trevor ‘Ritzy’ Ritzman and Seth ‘Silo’ Flemetis. Add 5 more solos for Dylan ‘Marshal’ Barrett, and that all equals a fine night. As I mentioned earlier, Sammy Scrabeck is a phenomenal runner.
Lucky Wood, Stephen Camenzind and Pearson recovered fumbles and Konigsberger forced one.
“The boys up front in the defensive line took care of the Comet offensive linemen, leaving our secondary to do the mop-up work,” Wonhoff added.
“Offensively, we took a few baby steps forward with our passing game, completing 4 of 7 for 70 yards,” Wonhoff said. “We certainly are nowhere where we would like to be, but we will continue to forge ahead with the plan.
“It could be said that we were just lucky on two of those passes, as they certainly could have easily been intercepted, but saying it and doing it are two different things,” Wonhoff said. “I'm referring to the two passes that went right through the hands of Naselle defenders and into the hands of our intended receivers. There is a drill on which we spend a lot of time. The old-fashioned tip drill paid off in a huge way for us, and it just proved that even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut. In fact, we have been on the other end of the drill before, twice versus the JV Bears of Olympia.
“We have been living by running the ball, and Friday night was no exception,” Wonhoff pointed out. “Captain led all rushers with 138 zig zaggy yards on 17 carries. He was followed by Silo with 97 beastmodelike yards on 21 totes, and Front End carried the ball 6 times for 44 yards.
“We are constantly stressing the importance of maintaining blocks down field, and we spend, to the dismay of the players, a lot of time doing a drill I call Driving the Blue – Find a Vike, and he will fill in the blanks for you. All I know is that the boys love to hate this grueling drill. The bulk of this down field blocking falls in the hands of our receivers, and I need to call out Jason ‘J-Flu’ Fluke for another outstanding job. I think the Captain should buy him a milkshake for his efforts.
“This Friday (7 p.m.), we host the Trojans of Pe Ell, and again will have to come out with our swords drawn,” Wonhoff said. “Their head coach, Josh Fluke, is one of the most intense players I have ever coached in all my years, and you can bet that he will expect nothing less from his young charges.