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Braves look forward after Rainier loss

Banks gets pushed around by Rainier in a 20-7 non-league setback

Banks football coach Ben Buchanan knew he'd learn a lot about his team during Friday's non-league game against Rainier.

Did he ever.

Rainier pushed Banks around for four quarters and used a smothering defensive effort to secure a 20-7 victory over the Braves on Friday night.

'I can safely say we pretty much got it handed to us,' Buchanan said. 'We always learn a lot from this game because they're a tough, physical team. We had some untested guys out there and I think we learned a few things about where we are right now.'

Rainier, a Class 3A school, wasn't exactly a glamour opponent for Banks, a 4A school, but the Columbians are a perennial state playoff team and they have now beaten Banks in four of the teams' last five meetings.

'Irregardless if they're 3A or not, I'd challenge a lot of 4A teams to play them and see how they do,' Buchanan said. 'They're a very good football team and it was a good challenge for us.'

Banks' offense, which piled up 538 yards in a season-opening rout of Phoenix, was held to 108 total yards on Friday against Rainier. The Braves finished with just 50 rushing yards, their lowest output since gaining 19 yards in a 26-7 loss to Estacada in the 2007 season opener.

'We didn't show up in the first half,' Buchanan said. 'We weren't consistent enough to sustain a drive and we just didn't play well.'

Afterward, Buchanan was content to put the Rainier game behind him and look ahead to this Friday's game against North Marion. The Huskies have started the season with back-to-back losses to Cascade and Scappoose, but Buchanan said the Braves' focus this week will be on themselves and not their opponent.

'We're not really concerned with North Marion right now, we just have to worry about us,' he said. 'It's not about what they do, it's about what we do - coming out and executing and playing well.

'I'm excited for the game this week.'

Friday's game will kick off at 7 p.m. at North Marion High School.