The Purple Poison defense of the Astoria Fishermen proved to be much too potent for the Cottage Grove Lions. The fast blitzing defense held the Lions to only 51 yards rushing and 44 yards passing in the 26-7 win Friday night at John Warren Field.
Astoria's defense put hard pressure on Cottage Grove all night by forcing the Lions to throw hurried passes and sacking the Lions quarterback multiple times.
The strong surging defense highlighted the evening competition when they pushed the skidish Lions into the end zone for a safety midway through the second quarter.
Max Johnson (one field goal, 40 yards receiving) displayed his quick hands as he bagged two interceptions. Alex Eterno and Jordan Poyer each had one interception to add to the Purple poison backfield tally.
Poyer had an impressive 301 yards passing, 35 yards receiving, 62 yards rushing, and three touchdowns for the night, but the real impressive play came from the brick wall play by Astoria's defensive line and linebackers.
Nose guard Chance Banta, linebackers Trevor Puckett, Jake Hatcher, Zach Dursse, Dane Lund, Mason Brause, Nick Gardner and Poyer kept swarming pressure coming all night.
Hatcher said after the game, "I had a blast tonight. I love playing middle linebacker! There is no better feeling than hitting someone hard in the backfield."
He added, "we knew we had to keep the pressure on (the Lions) all night and I think we were pretty successful doing it."
The Astoria Fishermen (2-0) host R.A. Long of Longview, Wash., next Friday night.