The beautiful Friday night lights in Oklahoma was in full swing as the Velma Comets hosted the Ryan Cowboys in their debut in eight-man football.
The Comets won their debut 64-14.
Velma’s Tristan Wainscott set the tone by launching a 45-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Keck and the success points after attempt gave the Comets the early 8-0 lead.
It was not long until Ryan fired back though. Grayson Tomberlin broke the tie, launching a 68-yard touchdown pass. Tomberlin then ran for a successful two-point conversion to tie the game in the beginning stages.
The Comets retaliated fast with a long pass from Wainscott to Gage Swisher that set up a touchdown from Dylan Hurst.
The run game for the Comets was the backbone of the offense as rushes by Wainscott, Swisher, and Hurst paved the way for Velma.
Following a successful two-point conversion by Wainscott, Velma carried a 16-8 lead going into the second quarter.
Right off the bat, Velma’s Austin Hunt got a huge sack costing Ryan good field position.
This set the tone for the Comets and ignited a scoring streak for Velma.
Velma’s offense picked up the momentum the defense had, and a pass from Wainscott to Keck resulted in another touchdown, followed by a successful two-point conversion run by Wainscott.
Hurst, Swisher, and Wainscott provided three additional touchdowns for the Comets, giving Velma a 46-16 lead going into halftime
Wainscott had a night to remember with six total touchdowns, three passing and three rushing, while going over the century mark in both categories.
Swisher, Hurst, Keck and Hunt provided Wainscott with plenty of options to choose from whether it was running or passing the football.
Ryan did not go down without a fight as Tomberlin rushed for another touchdown, showing toughness and grit to finish the game.
Velma’s freshman duo of Lane Jones and Crue Garrett provided additional big time plays for the squad to help grow the lead.
An interception by Jones set Garrett and the offense in position near the goal line.
Garrett got two rushing touchdowns to pad the lead for the Comets.
The Comets ended the game the victors, scoring at 64-14.
Velma will now shift their focus to the Foxes as they travel to Fox at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 to continue their season and look for a 2-0 start.