EUGENE — The Seaside Seagulls are not wasting any time in making themselves the team to beat in 4A football.
And if they weren’t one of the favorites before, they are now. The Gulls will certainly pick up some first-place votes in the coaches poll this week following an impressive 33-22 win Friday night at No. 3-ranked Marist.
It was a rare road trip for the Gulls, who have just three road games this season.
Seaside gave up the first score, but answered with three touchdowns in the second quarter, and the Gulls were never threatened after that in their second straight win over a top 10-ranked team.
Seaside handed the ball to Alex Teubner 32 times, and the state’s best running back responded with 256 yards and four touchdowns, running his season total (through two games) to 477 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Teubner could reach the 1,000-yard mark by Seaside’s league opener, Sept. 21.
He had TD runs of eight, seven, 26 and three yards, with Duncan Thompson adding a nine-yard scoring run.
On the other side, Marist lost its top defensive player, 5A all-state linebacker Jacob Husk, to a shoulder injury in the first quarter.
Trailing by 11 early in the fourth, the Spartans had a fourth-and-goal from the Seaside 1-yard line, when Teubner stuffed Marist running back Lucas Patterson at the line, forcing a turnover on downs.
The Gulls took over at their own 1 with 10:26 remaining, and Seaside’s 16-play drive ended up at the Marist 10 when time expired.
Seaside hosts Gladstone 7 p.m. Friday at Broadway Field.