After four weeks of playing some tough competition from three different states … the Astoria Fishermen are ready for just about anything the Cowapa League has to offer.

The Fishermen brought in another tough, talented squad Friday night, and W.F. West High School of Chehalis, Wash., left John Warren Stadium with a 41-15 win to complete Astoria's nonleague season.

Yamhill-Carlton is the next opponent Friday at Yamhill.

Astoria falls to 0-1 against Washington competition, and remains 1-1 vs. Oregon, and 0-1 vs. California.

If you’re looking for a quarterback for your high school football fantasy league team, Tanner Gueller would be a good place to start.

The senior signal-caller for W.F. West put up some lofty numbers Friday night, as Gueller completed 17-of-28 passes for 238 yards and five touchdowns.

With a varsity roster of 74 players, the Bearcats feature a large, heavily-loaded team, with lots of talented skill players on the offensive side.

Gueller completed passes to eight different receivers, while 11 different players had rushing yardage. Four of Gueller’s five TD passes were to different players.

The numbers reflected the score. W.F. West racked up 27 first downs to Astoria’s eight; the Bearcats collected 526 yards in total offense, and the Fishermen were held to minus-15 yards rushing.

Still, the game was tied 7-7 just over three minutes into the game.

After the Bearcats completed a six-play, 58-yard opening drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Gueller to Nathan Sherfey, the Fishermen struck quickly on their third play from scrimmage.

Astoria quarterback Dylan Sollars lofted a deep pass down the center of the field where it was caught by Brandon Winters, who outraced two defenders to complete a 74-yard touchdown.

That was about it for the Fishermen highlights.

The Bearcats scored the next 34 points, mixing up the run and pass, and finishing impressive scoring drives of nine plays, seven plays and 12 plays the rest of the first half.

On their fifth possession, the Bearcats took over at their own 30 midway through the second quarter. After a holding penalty and an eight-yard sack had them in a third-and-29 from their own 33, Gueller hit Bryan Moon in the end zone for a 33-yard TD and a 28-7 lead with 1:42 left in the first half.

Astoria’s first possession of the second half ended with an interception (the first of two by Rogelio Sevilla), and the Bearcats converted the turnover into points, as Gueller found Toby Johnson from 25 yards out.

W.F. West added one more score, before the Fishermen put together their best drive of the night, resulting in a 10-yard TD pass from Sollars to Nick Strange early in the fourth quarter.

Jander Pineda was Astoria’s leading rusher with just five yards, while Sollars completed 11-of-24 passes, with Strange catching six for 80 yards.


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