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First-week jitters played a part as the Gladiators and Falcons lost road games and the Mustangs and Kingsmen lost at home

Banks' Jacob Slifka scored a 59-yard touchdown pass from Jarred Evans for the go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter, leading the defending 4A state champion Braves to a 21-6 home win Friday over the Gladiators.

Gladstone's Sebastian Pfeiffer scored on a 2-yard run on the game's opening drive, but Banks blocked the extra-point try as the Gladiators settled for an early 6-0 lead.

Things went downhill for the Gladiators from there as two other scoring opportunities in the first half ended with lost fumbles inside the Banks' 20-yard line.

After Slifka scored and kicked the extra point to give Banks the lead, the Braves added touchdown runs by Martial Stegemeir in the third quarter and Jamar Flippen in the fourth quarter to help put the game out of reach.

"We played up to expectations for part of the game and then we had a ton of attrition the second half with kids cramping up," Gladstone coach J.J. Jedrykowski said. "I'm not making an excuse for why we lost. Banks beat us, but the coaching staff had to be better about rotating kids in and out, and I don't think we did a great job of that."

Banks finished with 300 yards total offense to Gladstone's 280 yards.

Evans, the Braves' senior quarterback, completed 10 of 17 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also was the team's leading rushing with 12 carries for 68 yards, while Stegemeir added 25 yards on nine carries.

"Banks is big up front and physical," Jedrykowski said. "They kind of out-schemed us a little bit in the second half. Our linebackers didn't perform really well, so they kind of ran around us and chewed up a lot of clock."

Pfeiffer rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 20 carries for the Gladiators, and Mason Scheehean had 11 carries for 89 yards.

Gladstone quarterback Hudson Meyer struggled to move the ball through the air, completing 5 of 16 passes for 46 yards with one interception.

FOREST GROVE 27, PUTNAM 14: Forest Grove's Jarod Miller threw four touchdown passes, including a 16-yard scoring strike to Dylan Straughan for the go-ahead score with 8:04 to play in the third quarter, leading the Vikings to a road win Friday over the Kingsmen.

Miller completed 11 of 28 passes for 174 yards and also threw touchdown passes of 49, 33, and 32 yards to Christopher Doyle as the Vikings defeated Putnam in the season opener for the second season in a row.

Putnam quarterback Marcellas Kenion passed for 96 yards with a touchdown pass to Sam Sholty and had a 7-yard touchdown run for the Kingsmen, who settled into a 14-14 halftime tie.

Putnam committed five turnovers — three interceptions and two lost fumbles — putting added pressure on a Kingsmen defense that still held Forest Grove to 219 yards total offense.

The Vikings had only five first downs in the game and were 1 for 11 on third-down conversions.

Forest Grove limited Putnam to 140 yards total offense, although the Kingsmen managed eight first downs and went 2 for 11 on third down.

Sholty finished with three receptions for 53 yards for Putnam, Justin Hegar added a team-high 37 yards rushing on 13 carries, and Jadden Hall had 32 yards on 13 carries.

DEL NORTE 42, LA SALLE PREP 7: Del Norte's Chase Blackburn rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Warriors to a home win Friday over the visiting La Salle Prep Falcons in Crescent City, California.

Kobe Mitchell rushed for another 112 yards and two scores, and Levi Cox-Cooley added another 82 yards to help the Warriors improve to 3-0 and spoil the Falcons' season opener.

La Salle sophomore wide receiver Riley Peterson caught eight passes for 95 yards, including a first-quarter touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ryan Rosumny that tied the score at 7-7.

Del Norte then erupted for four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 35-7 halftime lead.

"It was our first game and Del Norte's third game, and I think that was really evident with some of our play," Falcons coach Aaron Hazel said. "Offensively, we did some good things. We just had a couple key penalties, some key drops on third down, and some missed assignments of third down. That part of it was frustrating.

"Del Norte was real strong up front. Their entire offensive line returned from last season and downhill, double-wing, run-it-down-your-throat kind of group and we just couldn't slow them down."

MCMINNVILLE 60, MILWAUKIE 14: McMinnville's Preston Ginter and Kerby Hartzell combined for 178 rushing yards and six touchdowns, leading the Grizzlies to a non-conference rout Friday over the Mustangs at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie.

The Grizzlies raced out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter and then extended the lead to 47-0 before Milwaukie quarterback Nick Cooper threw a 28-yard touchdown to Joey Walker to make it 47-7 late in the second quarter.

Milwaukie's Korbyn Amundson had the Mustangs' only other touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second half.

"McMinnville had good size up front and was really physical," Milwaukie coach Colin Schaefer said. "We kept them out of the end zone the first couple of drives, but then we made some mistakes and they made some plays and started scoring touchdowns.

"I just felt we weren't playing consistent football. We moved the football a little bit here and there, but we threw a couple interceptions and had a fumble that really killed our momentum."

— From staff reports

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