TILLAMOOK Seasides great start to the 2013 season is beginning to take on historic proportions.
With their 55-0 win at Tillamook Friday night, the Gulls ran their overall record to 5-0 one of the best starts ever in the modern era of Seaside football, at least since their state championship year of 1994.
It was also Seasides fourth shutout win of the season, in five games. The Cheesemakers are still winless at 0-5.
Coming into the game, the Gulls were ranked eighth in the OSAAs 4A rankings, but fell to 12th in Sundays updated rankings.
It took just 50 seconds for the Gulls to jump on the scoreboard as Seasides Max Beaudoin blocked a Tillamook punt, which was recovered for a touchdown by Aaron Tadei.
We knew there was an opportunity to make some huge special teams plays on the night, and Max made good on that assumption on Tillamooks first possession, said Seaside coach Jeff Roberts.
Less than three minutes later, Calvin Pollard was scoring from 27 yards out for a 14-0 advantage.
A quarterback sneak by Kevin LaCoste, a 1-yard run from Kyver Hamilton made it 28-0 after one quarter. Hamilton scored again on a short run early in the second period, and Justin Ruiz hauled in a 10-yard TD toss from LaCoste for a 41-0 halftime advantage.
The Gulls entered mercy rule time for the third time this season, when Danny Leary caught a 20-yard scoring pass from LaCoste late in the third quarter.
Rainy weather may have aided Seasides cause in the win.
We were able to win the field possession battle all night, Roberts said. When weather hits like it did, I like our chances. With David Wards leg and our ability to run the ball we are built for weather like that.
The Gulls defense was outstanding all night, he added. Despite giving up some yardage, we were able to hold Tillamook scoreless. Its really unbelievable that in four of our five victories this year we have held our opponents scoreless. A combination of kids relentless attitudes, heart and scheme is what has made that possible. Coach (Dave) Foust and coach (Wally) Hamer have done an unbelievable job with our defense this year. They dont get enough credit for our success to this point.
Seasides win sets up a possible league championship showdown with Banks Friday at Broadway Field.
The Braves defeated Seaside last year 49-7, so the Gulls have plenty of incentive.
Last years sound defeat left a bad taste in our mouth, Roberts said. It was really the only game we werent competitive in all year. I think our attitude will be different this year entering the game. Our kids step onto the field expecting to win now, not simply being content with being competitive.
Banks is a solid opponent, he said, and no doubt the best team we have faced to this point.
In fact, it will be Seasides first game against a team with a winning record, as the Braves improved to 5-0 with a 21-0 win over Scappoose Friday.