The Braves opened a 21-7 halftime lead and captalized on four turnovers by the Gladiators in Friday's non-conference season opener

Banks quarterback Hayden Vandehey completed 13 of 22 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown to Blake Markham, leading the Braves to a 28-14 home win over Gladstone in Friday's season opener for both teams.

Vandehey added three carries for a team-high 58 yards rushing and a touchdown, Gunnar Partain had a 44-yard punt return for a TD, and Martial Stegemeir rushed for another touchdown for the Braves.

Gladstone's Damian Alvarado finished with 10 carries for a team-high 90 yards rushing and scored on runs of 12 and 11 yards for the Gladiators, who were underminded by four turnovers -- three fumbles and one interception.

Matthew Kuhn had 13 carries for 83 yards, and Spencer Boyd chipped in another nine carries for 48 yards for Gladstone.

"We beat ourselves," Gladstone coach Wayne Harris said. "Offensively, we didn't perform to our potential. Defensively, I thought we performed well, but we didn't get any help from the offense going three-and-out as often as we did. And our special teams hurt us, giving up a punt return for a touchdown.

"At the end of the day, Banks was better than us on Friday night. They didn't have any key mistakes."

The Gladiators are back on the road this week when they travel to Astoria to take on the Fishermen, who fell 21-20 at North Bend on Friday.

"Our goals still stay the same," Harris said. "It would be nice to get these wins and build momentum and confidence, but we're just trying to position ourselves to be succesful when it comes to league."

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