Samohi senior receiver Kris Comas returned two punts for touchdowns and caught a third as the Vikings defeated Leuzinger on Friday night, 42-6.
The season opener on the road was an important game for Comas for special reasons.
“I was playing with a lot of emotion,” he said. “I had Cody (Williams) on my mind and had to go all out for him.”
Williams, who was named team captain, suffered an injury during the game against Leuzinger last year that left him partially paralyzed.
On Friday, fired-up Comas returned punts 65 and 80 yards and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Miller. “I set up to the left, came right, saw the blocking and saw my way home,” Comas said, praising the special teams effort.
While special teams, defense and the running game were clicking, coach Travis Clark was not too excited about the passing game, as Miller made his debut as the signal caller. Miller completed about half of his 15 passing attempts, Clark said.
Running back Kori Garcia rushed for two touchdowns and back Brandon Taylor added another.
While he was “satisfied with the victory” and called the 100-percent PAT conversions “sensational,” he sees much improvement needed on the offense.
“We left a lot of plays on the field,” Clark said.
Clark was in his office on Saturday, as was Comas.
“We watched film,” Comas said. “I ran a few routes I wasn’t supposed to run. Our passing game wasn’t that strong last night.”
The Vikings next travel to face Palisades on Thursday, a rivalry that is all too familiar to Clark, who played for Samohi in the mid-80s and faced the Dolphins in the Rotary Bowl.
“For me, as an individual, Palisades was always a rivalry,” he said. “This is a big game for us.”
Comas echoed that, downplaying the rivalry a bit – and promising a win outright.
“We lool forward to dominating Palisades,” he said.