EUGENE — The familiar trip north ended to Crater’s liking Friday when it defeated North Eugene, 26-7, in the Midwestern League football opener for both teams.
The trip to the Eugene area was the third in three weeks for the Comets, who improved to 2-2 overall.
“We played a little tired, I thought, but it was good to get a win there,” said Crater coach Randy Waite. “Hopefully we can use that momentum next week at home.”
Crater opened a 13-0 lead at halftime despite a ball-control offense by the Highlanders (1-3) that slowed the pace of the game.
“They did a good job of just keeping the ball away from us,” said Waite, “and we had a couple stops inside the 10 that helped us in the first half.”
The Comets got the ball to start the third quarter and promptly marched for a touchdown. Tony Flores keyed the drive with a lengthy reception on a screen pass.
“Tony Flores ran the ball really well,” said Waite. “He made a couple plays offensively that really boosted us. He had a long run for a TD. He just gave us the offensive spark.”
Flores had 126 yards rushing and caught three passes for 65 yards.
Quarterback Trever Davis threw for 214 yards, also finding Dawson Douglas for 66 yards on three hook-ups and Dylan Kinney for 53 yards on two passes.
The Comets gained 357 yards of total offense.