Prep football: Last-second FG lifts Astoria over Gladstone, 3-0
Astoria's Andrew Schauermann kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Fishermen to a 3-0 non-conference high school football win over the Gladstone Gladiators at Astoria's CMH Field.
Astoria faced a third-and-21 at its own 30-yard line with less than three minutes to play when quarterback Tristin Wallace connected with Trey Hageman on a 29-yard pass. A Gladstone penalty for roughing the passer added another 15 yards onto the end of the play, taking the ball to the Gladiators' 26.
The Fishermen then used six consecutive running plays to move the ball to the Gladstone 3, setting the stage for Schauermann, who had missed on field goal attempts from 48 and 32 yards earlier in the second half.
Gladstone, coming off a 28-14 loss at Banks, drew nine penalties for 102 yards against Astoria and had three turnovers -- two fumbles and one interception -- all inside the red zone. The Gladiators also failed to convert on fourth-and-1 from the Astoria 7 in the first quarter and missed a 33-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.
In the second quarter, Gladstone's Damian Alvarado broke loose on a 25-yard run, but was stopped short of the end zone by Astoria's Justin Villa at the Fishermen's 4. The Gladiators lost a fumble on the next play.
Gladstone finished with 246 yards total offense to Astoria's 243, and the Gladiators had 14 first downs to the Fishermen's 13. Turnovers were even at three apiece.
The loss snapped a string of 82 games, including the playoffs, without a shutout, and marked the first time the Gladiators had been held scoreless since Oct. 16, 2009 when they fell 24-0 to Cascade in Turner.
Gladstone (0-2) is home on Friday to face North Marion (0-2) in a 7 p.m. game at Dick Baker Stadium.