Braves thump Tillamook to clinch second place in league and a home play-in game against Central

by: CHASE ALLGOOD - Banks junior linebacker Joey Bonin dives to make a one-handed interception during last Friday's Cowapa League football game against Tillamook. Banks wasted little time putting Tillamook away on Friday night, jumping out to a four-touchdown lead by halftime and cruising to a 55-24 victory that clinched second place in the Cowapa League.

Banks (6-3, 4-1) got the scoring started with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Graysen Partain to Zach Olson in the first quarter, and Partain would add scoring runs of 48 and 13 yards before halftime to make it 28-0.

Dakota Kemper scored his second touchdown of the game in the opening minutes of the second half, and Garrett Markham added two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to pad the Banks lead to an unassailable 48-6.

“We got busy pretty quick,” said Banks head coach Ben Buchanan. “Our offense was moving the ball really well and our defense bent a little bit in the first half, but didn’t break. The guys played real well on both sides of the ball, plus it was Senior Night, so it was a good way to wrap up the regular season.”

Partain finished with 281 yards of total offense, including 125 on the ground, and Kemper added 123 rushing yards. As a team, Banks rushed for 367 yards.

Now the Braves will turn their attention to Friday’s Class 4A play-in game against Central (4-4, 3-2). The winner will advance to the first round of the state playoffs, which begin on Nov. 9.

“We’ve got to take care of business and play well at home,” Buchanan said. “Hopefully we get a win and then we’ll start preparing for another opponent.”

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