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Winless Seaside no match for Banks

Braves romp to a 69-6 league victory over an injury-plagued Seaside squad

Beset by injuries and with its head coach in the hospital, Seaside's young football team struggled on Thursday afternoon in a 69-6 loss to Banks in Cowapa League play.

Banks (5-1, 3-0) scored in every way imaginable - five runs, a pass, an interception return and a kickoff return - and led 35-0 by the end of the first quarter and 63-6 at halftime. The Braves backed off in the second half and added just one touchdown, a 7-yard run by sophomore Jared Barger.

'Seaside is dealing with a lot of injuries and they are very young,' said Banks coach Ben Buchanan. 'On top of that their head coach is in the hospital after having surgery. Our second string was in before halftime.'

Dakota Kemper sparked the early scoring barrage with three touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game, beginning with a 74-yard return on the game's opening kickoff. The junior added scoring runs of 22, 10 and 6 yards in the first half, and he also scored on a 40-yard pass from quarterback Shea Rue.

Graysen Partain did much of the rest of the damage, scoring on a 10-yard run in the first quarter and punching in a 1-yard plunge just before halftime. Partain also had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Kemper finished with 114 yards rushing on 10 carries, spearheading a Banks ground game that gained 260 yards. Rue completed 3-of-4 passes for 67 yards, Barger rushed for 34 yards and Garrett Markham had a 45-yard run.

The Banks defense forced six turnovers in the game, with Partain, Chance Cauley, Mike King, Jeremy Schillereff and Alan Jordan all recording interceptions and Kyle Douglas recovering a fumble.

Banks has a road game this week against Yamhill-Carlton (1-6, 1-2) before the highly anticipated season-ending showdown against Astoria on Oct. 28. The annual meeting between the Braves and Fishermen has decided the last three regular-season league championships, but Buchanan said his team won't be looking past Y-C this week.

'We have Yamhill-Carlton this Friday,' he said. 'They are a better team and one that always plays us hard.'