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Glads skunk the Fishermen


Also: Gladstone gives 5A Roosevelt a game in a losing effort

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Gladstone defensive lineman Dylan Wallace puts the pressure on Astoria quarterback Nick Strange in the Gladiators 49-0 rout of Astoria.Except for a few problems with turnover-itis, Gladstone looked tough in its Aug. 30 football opener with Astoria.

Gladstone committed five turnovers, three of them in the first quarter. But the Gladiators still won the game 49-0, and the visiting Fishermen never threatened to score.

Even with three lost fumbles and two intercepted passes, the Gladiators amassed 580 yards in total offense. Gladstone quarterback Austin Galvin completed 9-of-18 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns; Handsome Smith (11 carries/91 yards) and Galvin (9 carries/54 yards) led a stable of 14 running backs.

Seven different Gladstone players scored touchdowns and Gladstone kicker Alex Amerpiour made all of his PAT kicks, as well as a 26-yard field goal.

Scoring touchdowns for Gladstone were Andrew Conway on a 66-yard pass from Galvin, Trevor Browning on a seven-yard run, Armand Jayne on a two-yard pass from Galvin, Kyle Wou on a seven-yard pass from Galvin, Galvin on a three-yard run, Wolf Forrente on a five-yard run, and Carter Watts on a 42-yard pass interception return.

The Fishermen’s biggest threat came near the midpoint of the second quarter, when a 40-yard pass play to the Gladstone 7-yard line was negated by a clipping penalty that brought the ball back to Astoria’s end of the field.

Except for the five turnovers, the Gladiators executed well for a first game. Gladstone went without a penalty in the first half and the Gladiators had only three penalties for 25 yards after the halftime break.

“We’re a lot more disciplined [than we were last year],” said Handsome Smith. “We’re a lot more mature. We learned from last year’s mistakes.”

Commenting on the fact that eight different Gladiators put points on the scoreboard, Smith said, “I feel good knowing we can share the ball like that.”

“I’m feeling good about the season,” said Conway. “There’s the one goal on everyone’s mind. We all have our minds set on winning league and the state championship. We just need to take it one game at a time and keep doing what we do.”

“We have additional motivation this season,” said Conway. “Jake Wheeler, he’s a part of the Gladstone brotherhood and he gives us motivation, especially for this game. We promised him a shutout, so it was good to get the shutout for him.”

The Astoria game was an endowment game for Wheeler, who is recovering from a neck injury that left him with no feeling below the chest. Conway noted that Wheeler and his father coached him and many of his classmates for two years in youth football.

Roosevelt 20, Gladstone 16

The Class 4A Gladiators dropped a tough one, losing 20-16 to Class 5A Roosevelt last Friday.

“We learned a lot of good lessons,” said Gladstone coach Jon Wolf. “They had more size and we got out-physicalled at times.

“But I was proud of our kids. Even though we didn’t play our best, we had a chance to win against a 5A team. I can’t complain about effort. Our kids played hard and they never gave up. And the things we did wrong are all fixable....

“We need to be more physical at the point of attack, and I need to do a better job of playmaking....”

The Gladiators led 10-7 at halftime and, after giving up two third quarter touchdown and the lead, they pulled to within 20-16 late in the stanza, when Handsome Smith scored from 37 yards out.

Gladstone’s only other scores came on a one-yard run by Zach Smith in the first quarter, and on a second-quarter field goal by Alex Amerpiour.

Roosevelt finished with a 432- to 274-yard advantage in total offense on the night. Teddy 6-2, 200-pound junior quarterback Kimane Domena completed 9-of-15 passes for 207 yards and he rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns, to lead Roosevelt’s offense.

Galvin accounted for much of Gladstone’s offense, rushing 19 times for 138 yards and passing for 49 yards.

The Gladiators (1-1) are at Stayton (0-2) this Friday and they conclude the preseason on Friday, Sept. 20, when they play Philomath on the road.

Stayton lost to Molalla 46-19 last Friday. Philomath is off to a 2-0 start, with wins over Yamhill-Carlton (45-12) and Elmira (42-14).