Banks loses second in a row, fall to Fishermen 22-6
Football is a fickle game.
Two weeks removed from a convincing home win over highly ranked Valley Catholic, the Banks Braves are reeling from consecutive defeats to conference rivals Scappoose and Astoria.
Astoria, in weather Gloucesterman may have found uncomfortable, defeated Banks 22-6, putting themselves in the drivers seat for the Cowapa League championship, while dealing the Braves title hopes a fatal blow.
The home team won the turnover battle on a night when its importance would be key. Banks (4-3, 2-2) lost two of their five fumbles on the night on their first and last possessions of the first half. Then, while still only trailing 3-0, Braves quarterback Jake Evans lost a fumble on the second play of the third quarter, and one couldnt help but think the writing was on the wall.
The Fishermen – aptly named due to the weather – scored first when kicker Andrew Schauermann was true on a 31-yard field goal into the wind with just under seven minutes remaining in the half. The score would stay the same until Astorias second drive of the second half, when – following a bungled Banks quick-kick that hit an offensive lineman in the back and resulted in a four yard loss – the Fishermen drove 35 yards in nine plays, capped by a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Fridtjof Fremstad to Ryan Palek.
After a Banks turnover-on-downs, Astoria (6-1, 4-0) would score again, this time when Fremstad dove-in from the one-yard line to finish another nine play drive, totaling 39 yards.
The Braves would ultimately score on a nine-play, 72-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, but the ensuing onside kick was returned for a touchdown by Fremstad and Astoria would cap the scoring at 22-6.
The loss was Banks first to Astoria since 2009.
The Braves will hope to get back to their winning ways next week when they host Seaside (2-4, 0-3), October 21 at 7pm.