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Braves dominate early, but second half miscues make things interesting at Kelly Field.

COURTESY PHOTO: STEWART MONROE - Banks' Jamar Flippen carries the ball during the Braves' game against Sweet Home Friday, Sept. 13, at Banks High School. Flippen finished with 94 yards rushing on 13 carries.It was a tale of two halves for Banks versus Sweet Home, as the Braves jumped out to a 28-0 domination of the first-half then watched as the Huskies cut the lead to eight before Banks finished the visitors with a second-half touchdown en route to a 35-20 win Friday, Sept. 13, at Banks High School.

The Braves (2-0) were led by senior quarterback Jarred Evans who was 10 for 13 passing for 144 yards and a touchdown before being nicked-up in the second quarter. He was replaced by Tanner Shook, who was 8 for 16 for 111 yards in relief.

Banks used a punishing rush attack spearheaded by the duo of Martial Stegemeir and Jamar Flippen who combined for 169 yards on 20 carries. In all, the Braves tallied 220 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. In addition, senior receiver Jacob Slifka did yeoman's work on the receiving end of Braves passes, hauling in eight balls for 163 yards and a touchdown. Slifka also tallied a touchdown pass, connecting with Shook on a 45-yard touchdown off of failed punt attempt for the game's first score with 3:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Defensively, linebacker Bryson Cook led Banks with 10 tackles, three for a loss. Flippen added seven tackles, while four Braves — Slifka, Tyler Exline, Jack Walker, and Risdon White — tallied five apiece. Banks held the Huskies to roughly 150 total yards, but repeatedly gifted the visitors with ideal field position as a result of untimely turnovers.

Slifka caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Evans for the game's second score. Flippen scored from four yards out less than two minutes later, then Shook made it 28-0 on a 4-yard quarterback keeper just before halftime. Flippen capped the scoring with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Top-ranked Banks will travel to No. 3-ranked Marist Catholic (2-0) in Eugene for a 7 p.m. game Friday, Sept. 20.

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