The Seaside Gulls will have to wait ‘til next year to get their Cowapa League title … but they’re still very much in the running for a state championship — this year.
Seaside put the finishing touches on a great regular season Friday night, with a 19-14 win over eighth-ranked Banks at Broadway Field.
After a bye next week, the No. 5-ranked Gulls will be one of the frontrunners for the 2017 4A state title, which would be their first since 1994. The Gulls will host a Sweet 16 game Nov. 3 or 4.
A big day for Alex Teubner on offense, and turnovers on defense helped Seaside win Friday’s contest.
Banks ran 20 more offensive plays than the Gulls, and outgained Seaside 431 to 366 — but the Braves also had four turnovers to Seaside’s one.
The Gulls jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, following a 21-yard Payton Westerholm to Gio Ramirez touchdown pass, and a 3-yard run by Teubner.
But the Braves battled back with two scores before halftime for a 14-13 lead at the break.
There was only one score in the second half, and it belonged to the Gulls.
Westerholm found Teubner for a 15-yard touchdown play in the third quarter.
And the score held up, as the Gulls’ defense held off the Braves in the final quarter.
Ramirez, Westerholm and Duncan Thompson each had an interception for the Gulls, and Teubner recovered a fumble.
Teubner had one of the biggest ground games in Seaside history, rushing for 279 yards on 29 carries, with a long run of 44 yards.
Westerholm completed 3-of-7 passes for 45 yards, with two of his completions going for touchdowns.
The Gulls had 321 yards rushing, while the Braves had 321 yards passing.