In what is believed to be the most points in the school’s history, the Velma-Alma Comets won their first district game in six or seven years as they beat Strother 82-54.
Tristan Wainscott made his return to the lineup and had four passing touchdowns while also adding three rushing touchdowns after missing two weeks of the season.
Jace Saville also made his return to the lineup and had a big game as he caught three touchdowns. There was also a big running game from Lane Jones, Dylan Hurst and Garrett Emerick.
Comets head coach Randy Norton said to his knowledge, the 82 points is the most scored in Velma-Alma’s history as there may have been an 80-point game in the 80s, but he wasn’t 100% sure about what year and against which opponent.
A lot of the players that have been injured returned in the district opener and for Norton, he was happy with the way the Comets played offensively.
“At halftime, it was 50-28 and early on, we were pressing and trying to go fast and we did that and then we got up around 76 —something like that — and we were up three scores with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. We began to slow down and run the clock,” Norton said. “I really think we could have scored 100 if we would have wanted to score 100 and we were trying to run the clock and not give them anytime to make a big comeback. We controlled the clock and they didn’t stop us and we had some good sustained drives.”
Norton said the defense played a lot better and was pleased with their effort despite letting the opponents score 54 points. For the Comets, Norton wants to get better in their game against Alex.
“We held them to their average — they were a explosive team and they were well coached,” Norton said. “It was a good win and now it really set us up well this week going against Alex.”
The Longhorns come into the game with a 1-0 district record and a 4-2 overall record after they beat Bray-Doyle 48-6. Norton said the Comets will have to execute their game plan to get the victory.
“Alex won a State Championship in 2014 and that is only six years ago so it was the same coach and they really have it going on up there,” Norton said. “Last year they were in the third round of the playoffs so they know that their kids have been in tough games and tight games and they know how to play in those big games. I feel like our kids will be ready and I think we can match or exceed that intensity level and that has been what we have been talking about this week and in these big games — that good and bad things can happen, so we need to play one down at a time.”
The game will be one of a few games to happen this Friday instead of Thursday and kick off will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Velma-Alma. Norton said he thinks the game will be a good one.
“We are one of the only games being played Friday night so I think it will be packed out here,” Norton said. “Our defense, like I said, we just flew around the ball … We are getting a lot of the guys around the ball and that is something we are going to have to do to be successful.”