Velma-Alma at the beginning of the 2000s had several undefeated regular seasons but this is the first time since 2006 that the Comets are rushing towards an undefeated regular season.
In 1999 & 2000, the Comets started their seasons off with 10-0 perfect regular seasons and won one playoff game. In 2006, Velma-Alma went 10-0 in regular season going to 14-0 and playing in the state title game.
The last time they finished a season undefeated was their state title years in 1993 and 1994. The Comets stand at 8-0 after a 70-20 victory over Okeene and will look to go 9-0 when they face Quinton this Friday.
On their first offensive drive, the Comets got an 85 yard passing touchdown from Tristan Wainscott to Austin Hunt to take the early lead and scored often having over 400 rushing yards on the ground.
Rushing touchdowns came from Wainscott who ran for a 60 yard score while Garrett Emerick had a 60 yard touchdown run and Dylan Hurst also added a 50 yard touchdown to get the offense going.
Comets head coach Randy Norton said that getting over 400 yards of rushing and playing to their potential he was proud of the way his team performed all around for their eighth victory.
“It was a good game that night and we got out early on them,” Norton said. “Overall, I thought it was good performance on offense, defense and special teams while I was really proud of the team.”
The Comets will make the three hour trip to Quinton to go for a perfect 9-0 record after one game canceled due to rain earlier this year and Norton has noticed the players are excited about going undefeated.
“I really think the kids are excited about it and they have kind of talked earlier in the season about just going to win them all,” Norton said. “It was long before I thought we had a chance to win them all, but I think they are excited about that and I think we will be ready to go.”
Quinton comes into the game off a 60-58 victory over Wellston and is 2-4 on the season. Norton said that they are trying to keep their schedule normal despite the long trip.
“It is a trip but the little things that we can do going on a long trip is what we will try and do,” Norton said. “We are going to eat lunch normally and usually after school on game days they will get them something to eat so we will stop about 3:30 p.m. and get them something to eat. That is about as close as we can get them to a home game, but I think you get ready to play football games on Mondays and Tuesdays so our kids seem ready to play despite our kids having to go three hours.”
With the Comets not having playoffs this year due to playing an independent 8-man schedule, Norton said that this game which starts at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 8 will be something they want to finish out strong.
“They have come this far and it is the last game so they don’t get to pick up a football as a team again until the spring or late summer,” Norton said. “So this is the last one for us and we know this is the last one for us. So we want to leave it all out there and we have come this far and surprised a lot of people so we want to come out and finish.”