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Braves triumph over Tillamook, 47-7

The eighth-ranked Braves football team did what they were supposed to do a week away from their showdown with sixth ranked Valley Catholic — win easily.

Banks beat up on a lesser Tillamook squad 47-7 last Saturday night at Banks High School. It was just what the doctor ordered after losing a tough back-and-forth affair with second ranked Molalla prior to their conference battle with the rival Valiants, who lost 33-20 at fourth-ranked Astoria.

The Braves were led by quarterback Jake Evans, running back Milo Applebee and defensive back Gunnar Partain, who were selected the offensive, overall and defensive players of the game.

Evans completed nine of his 11 pass attempts for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Applebee, the standout running back and linebacker, amassed 202 all-purpose yards — including 79 rushing, 39 receiving and 84 on kickoff returns — while scoring two touchdowns. Partain finished with six tackles, including three for a loss, a half of a sack and an interception. In addition, senior running back Jalen Cameron rushed nine times for 102 yards and a touchdown.

The Braves (2-1) finished with 388 total yards, had three sacks, two interceptions and added a fumble recovery to finish out one of their most balanced performances of the year.

Banks will clash with the aforementioned Valley Catholic Valiants (Beaverton) in a 4A Cowapa League matchup on Friday, Sept. 30, and will attempt to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Valiants enter the match with a 3-1 record.