WL football wins again

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Comets' football team won its second consecutive game of the season, Sept. 20, defeating Columbus at Columbus Junction 45-20. Five Comets scored touchdowns while Raudel Fierro made a 44-yard field goal for the team.

"That's the great thing about this team. We've got a bunch of guys stepping up at different times," said Coach Slife.

The Comets struck first, starting their drive on the West Liberty 44 after a good kickoff return by Carl Guardado. Brett Becker connected with Riley Anderson, and Anderson ran all the way to the Columbus 24 for a first down. Trevor Schneider carried for nine yards, then Guardado ran for a touchdown. Fierro's PAT kick was good, and the Comets had a 7-0 lead just one minute into the game.

Later, after a Comets fumble, the Wildcats had two carries for short yardage, then a long pass play, which Kyle Miller stopped after a chase, made it first-and-goal at the four. Three plays later, the Wildcats scored on a keeper. The PAT two-point carry was good, and Columbus took an 8-7 lead.

A few posessions later, Miller got an interception for West Liberty and ran the ball all the way to the Columbus end zone for a Comets' touchdown. Fierro's PAT kick was good, and the Comets had a 14-8 lead with 2:06 left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats tied up 14-14, off of a fumble with 10:18 left in the half.

Anderson ran 24 yards for a touchdown late midway through the second quarter. Fierro's PAT kick was good again for a 21-14 West Liberty lead with 7:01 on the clock.

Becker passed the ball to Anderson for another WL touchdown a few minutes later. Fierro's PAT was good and the first half ended, favoring the Comets 14-28.

Halway through the third quarter Becker connected with Anderson again, and Anderson broke away for a big gain. With a penalty on Columbus, the Comets had a first down at the Columbus 15. The Comets were plagued with penalties and had to settle for a field goal. Fierro's 44-yard attempt was good for a 31-14 West Liberty lead with 6:37 left in the third quarter.

Later on, Columbus made it eight yards and were on the fourth down before the end of the quarter. Anderson got a sack on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats turned it over on downs at their own 20-yard line.

Anderson ran for nine yards, then Schneider got the first down at the nine. Becker scored a touchdown on a keeper, Fierro's PAT kick was good, and the Comets were up 38-14 with 10:52 left in the game.

But the Wildcats weren’t finished yet. They started a drive near midfield, and scored a touchdown with 4:11 to go. The two-point run PAT try was no good. The Comets had a 38-20 lead.

Weaver squeezed one more touchdown out of the game at the 1:24 mark. Fierro's PAT kick was good, making him perfect on the night, and the Comets had a 45-20 lead. One knee later, that became the final score.

"We've got to execute better," Columbus Head Coach Jeff Martin said. "The kids played hard and they played better than they did last week."

Coach Slife was happy for the win, but he sees some things that need work. "We'll take a win, but there are definitely things we need to improve on."
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