Braves hammer Tillamook for first league win
- Zack Palmer
- Forest Grove News-Times - Sports
Banks churned out 450 yards of offense and scored six straight touchdowns
It took Banks a while to get its offense revved up last Friday, but once the Braves finally got things going they found plenty of running room against Tillamook.
Banks churned out 450 yards of offense and scored six straight touchdowns after gifting Tillamook an early score on Friday, racing past the Cheesemakers 45-15 in both teams' Cowapa League football opener.
'We got off to a slow start, but we got it rolling in the second and third quarters,' said Banks coach Ben Buchanan.
The Braves were their own worst enemy early in Friday's game, driving inside the Tillamook 10-yard line twice only to turn the ball over on a fumble and an interception. Making matters worse, Tillamook defensive back Jacob Fowler returned the interception 94 yards for a touchdown and an early 8-0 lead.
Banks (3-1, 1-0) stuck with its gameplan, however, and by halftime the Braves opened a 17-8 lead that continued to grow with four unanswered touchdowns to start the second half.
Dakota Kemper got Banks on the board early in the second quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run, and Shea Rue put the Braves ahead with a 16-yard scoring pass to tight end Jeremy Schillereff. Aaron Streblow's 30-yard field goal made it a nine-point Banks lead at the break.
Kemper scored on a 14-yard run to open the second half, and it was all Banks after that.
Graysen Partain picked off a pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown and a 31-8 lead. Rue accounted for the rest of the damage, scoring on a 2-yard quarterback keeper and then throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to wideout Zach Olson that made it 45-8.
Tillamook (1-3, 0-1) scored a late touchdown on a 73-yard run by Jacob Wassmer.
Kemper led the Banks rushing attack with 183 yards on 19 carries, and sophomore Jerod Barger added 56 yards on just six touches. Rue was 13-of-22 passing for 187 yards, with five of those passes going to Olson for 88 yards.
On the defensive side, both Kyle Douglas and Garrett Bossert had a sack and a fumble recovery for Banks, which forced five turnovers in the game.
The Braves return home this Friday for homecoming against Scappoose. The game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.