LANDOVER, Md. — Astoria’s Jordan Poyer made his official National Football League debut with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night, in their encounter with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The Eagles – playing their first official game under former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly – managed to slip past the Redskins in the Week 1 battle between the two NFC East rivals, as Philadelphia jumped out to a 33-7 halftime lead, then held on for a 33-27 win.

And Poyer saw his share of action in his first regular-season game as a professional.

Late in the third quarter, Poyer made two nice open field tackles – the first on Redskin punt returner Santana Moss, and then moments later following a pass completion to Washington’s Fred Davis. Poyer finished with three tackles.

Poyer became the first Astoria High School graduate to play in a regular season NFL game since Del Bjork, who played for the Chicago Bears in 1937-38.

Some other local high school graduates continuing their athletic careers:


Max Johnson, Jr., New Mexico St. football – Johnson recently opened his second season with the Aggies. He played in eight games last year as the team’s kickoff specialist and field goal kicker. He was a perfect 11-for-11 on extra point tries, while recording 16 kickoffs for 1,016 yards, averaging 63.5 yards a kick with five touchbacks. Johnson was named an Academic All-WAC selection for his efforts in the classroom in 2012.

Dane Lund, Jr., Oregon State baseball – Lund recently earned the Most Valuable Player Award of the West Coast League champion Corvallis Knights baseball team.

Lund finished sixth in the WCL with a .343 average, was second with 25 stolen bases in 26 attempts and had a league-best 11 sacrifice bunts. He hit a team-high .308 in all games with 17 RBIs and a team-best .845 OPS and .452 on-base percentage.

Levi Iverson, Fr., College of the Redwoods football

Jeramy Poyer, Fr., Mendocino College football

Will Samp, Fr., Linfield soccer


Gustave Benthin, Sr., Western Oregon football

Arashi Pierre, Fr., Monterey Peninsula football


Ben Archibald, British Columbia Lions (CFL)

Aaron Chesnut, So., NW Christian soccer

Lucas Clark, Fr., Linfield football

Kai Davidson, Fr., Clark College soccer

Patrick Fritter, Fr., NW Christian soccer

Ian Hawksford, Jr., NW Christian soccer

Cirilo Herold, Fr., Lane CC cross country

Linsey Johnson, Jr., NW Christian soccer

Ashley Mayfield, Sr., Oregon State cross country

Brett Willyard, Fr., Oregon cross country


Ross Kukula, Fr., Seattle University golf

Patrick Whealdon, Jr., Saint Martin’s golf



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