In a year defined in a way by one's ability to adapt and overcome, Banks' football team adapted in a pinch, but was unable to overcome, in a 38-0 defeat to Mazama on Saturday, March 20, at Cottage Grove High School.
The Braves took the game after finding out Thursday afternoon that their Friday night game at Seaside had been canceled due to protocols stemming from a Seaside player testing positive for COVID-19.
Fortunately for the Braves, they were able to find an opponent in Mazama, but unfortunately for the 2-0 Braves, the limited preparation time left them in a precarious position against a veer option offense they'd never seen — and it showed.
The highly ranked Mazama Vikings were led by senior quarterback Tristan Lee who threw for two touchdowns while running for a third. In addition, Mazama running back Aidan Kindt ran for 80 yards and two second-half touchdowns.
Banks, which averaged 48.5 points per game in its first two contests and was a week removed from scoring 41 in the first half against Valley Catholic, was held to just 87 total yards, just eight first downs, and zero rushing yards by a Mazama defense up to the challenge.
"We ran into a really good football team in Mazama," Banks head coach Cole Linehan said. "It was important to get the kids a game, but we took that game on 24 hours notice. They ran the triple-option really well and we just couldn't get anything going on offense."
The shutout loss was the first since a 2014 defeat to Philomath for the Braves.
Mazama led 8-0 after a quarter, 16-0 at the half, and 30-0 after three quarters en route to the 38-0 win.
Eliott King led Banks with nine tackles.
Banks is scheduled to play at Milwaukie at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25.
Other local games
Newberg handed Glencoe (1-2) a 41-0 loss thanks in part to the Tigers' Hudson Davis who recorded seven tackles and a sack. Newberg led 34-0 at the half.
Liberty (0-3) scored 14 first quarter points but failed to put a point on the board after that en route to a 26-14 loss at McMinnville. Grizzlies running back Preston Ginter rushed for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns in victory.
Century improved to 3-0 on the season with a 28-13 win over Metro League Aloha. Jaguars quarterback Zach Boehler ran for three touchdowns in the game.
Forest Grove (0-3) scored its first points of the year in a clash with high-powered Wilsonville, but the Vikings ultimately fell short in a 59-22 loss to the Wildcats.
Gaston's (2-0) game against Knappa was canceled. The undefeated Greyhounds are next scheduled to host Nestucca at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19.
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