GLADSTONE The Gladstone Gladiators opened the 2013 season much the same way they opened 2012 with a decisive victory over Astoria.
Gladstone jumped on the Fishermen in the second quarter on its way to a 49-0 win, in the Gladiators' first meeting with Astoria since their 52-0 victory at John Warren Stadium a year ago.
Still, it didn't even compare to last year's game, said Astoria coach Howard Rub. It wasn't nearly as lopsided as the score indicates. We made a lot of normal Game 1 mistakes, and we had some penalties and turnovers that stalled drives.
On top of that, Gladstone is a legitimate top four team, he said. I would expect to see them in the Final Four this year.
Rub added, we were competitive for about a quarter-and-a-half (trailing 10-0 after one quarter), and that's when the wheels came off.
Wyatt Brown, Chris Leonardi and Jander Pineda all had solid games defensively for Astoria, which will play Central Valley of Lake Shasta, Calif., next Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.