Banks football downs North Marion.
The Banks football team began the 2015 season in fine fashion on Friday night, blowing out North Marion 42-13 at home.
Donny McClean starred on both sides of the ball for the Braves, rushing for 87 yards and three touchdowns on offense – with all three scores coming in the first half – and supplying seven total tackles on defense.
Perhaps a bit surprisingly given the score line, the Huskies actually outgained the Braves in yardage 291- 271, but Banks got the first two scores of the game on McClean rushing TDs to jump out 14-0, and Jaron Malcolm added a 14-yard interception return in the second quarter to help the home team build a 20-0 lead.
Still in the second period, North Marion got on the board with a 73-yard TD run, but Milo Applebee came up with a kickoff return that was nearly as long to put the Braves back ahead by three touchdowns, 28-7. McClean added a 4-yard scoring plunge before the halftime whistle, giving Banks a comfortable 36-7 lead at the intermission.
Jake Evans, who took over quarterbacking duties midway through his sophomore season last fall, was an efficient 10-for-13 for 99 yards and a 25-yard touchdown strike to Applebee in the third quarter.
Applebee led the receiving corps with two receptions for 40 yards and that score, while Brock Smith added two catches for 35 yards. McClean had three receptions for 13 yards.
On defense, Trevor Thiessen recorded six total tackles and two sacks.
Banks (1-0) remains at home next week, when it will host Philomath on Friday at 7 p.m. The Huskies (0-1) will play at Gladstone the same night.