YAMHILL — It was “one of those nights” for the Astoria football team Friday, where everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Fishermen.

Astoria held Yamhill-Carlton to negative yards on offense and no first downs, but the Tigers still got away with a 13-9 win – their first victory over Astoria since Yamhill-Carlton joined the Cowapa League in 2006.

The Tigers scored a first-quarter touchdown after an errant snap on a Fishermen punt attempt gave the Tigers the ball at the Astoria 5-yard line.

The Fishermen scored their lone touchdown in the second quarter, when Nick Strange returned an interception for a score, giving Astoria a 7-6 halftime lead.

Another errant snap on a punt by Astoria led directly to a Yamhill touchdown and a 13-7 Tiger lead.

With an offense that could do very little against the Astoria defense, the Tigers took an intentional safety late in the game for Astoria’s final points.

The Fishermen still had several missed opportunities on offense, but a key play in the fourth quarter that would have given Astoria a first down at the Yamhill 2-yard line was called back because of a holding penalty, and the Tigers intercepted a pass in the end zone on the next play.

After the intentional safety, “We still moved the ball right down the field,” said Astoria coach Howard Rub, “but on the last play (the Tigers) intercepted another pass in the end zone.

“So it was definitely frustrating from that standpoint, to hold them to negative yards and no first downs and still lose in that fashion,” Rub said. “Our kids fought valiantly, and I was proud of them for that. They battled to the end.”

The weather did play a factor, Rub said.

“On our first 12 snaps on offense, we put the ball on the ground six times.”

Astoria hosts Tillamook for Homecoming Friday.


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