One week to play, and the Seaside Gulls are still alive for at least a share of the Cowapa League football title.
The Gulls locked up a state playoff spot with a routine 54-23 win at Tillamook Thursday, as ninth-ranked Seaside improves to 3-1 in league play, tied with Banks for second behind Scappoose (4-0). The Gulls host the Braves next Friday, while Scappoose finishes at Astoria. Wins by Seaside and Astoria would put the Gulls into a first-place tie with Scappoose.
Seaside built a quick 14-0 lead in Thursday’s game, on a 15-yard run by Gio Ramirez and a 28-yard pass from Payton Westerholm to Dawson Blanchard.
The Gulls gave up their first points in three weeks, when Tillamook’s Austin Weeks scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter.
Seaside broke the game open in the second period, which included two touchdown runs by Alex Teubner, and a 54-yard scoring pass from Westerholm to Brayden Johnson.
Teubner scored his third touchdown in the third quarter, following by scoring runs from Duncan Thompson and Jake Black to cap Seaside’s night.
After a 2-0 start to the season, the Cheesemakers (0-4 in league) have lost five straight, and close the season next Friday at Valley Catholic.