The Seaside Gulls could not be much more perfect through two weeks of the 2013 high school football season.

Two wins, two blowout victories. Following their 46-0 romp at Warrenton the week before, the Gulls led Taft 41-0 after one quarter Friday night, on their way to a 62-0 win over the Tigers.

It was all Seaside in the home opener at Broadway Field.

The Gulls highlighted their victory with three touchdowns in a 38-second span late in the first quarter.

With Seaside already holding a 21-0 lead, senior defensive back Andrew Owens intercepted a Pete Lahti pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown, with 1:30 left in the opening period.

On a second down play from their own 10-yard line on the ensuing series, Lahti was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Seaside’s Even McCormack at the 1-yard line.

Seaside’s Calvin Pollard went in untouched from there for a 35-0 lead.

And Owens – who already had two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter – scored his fourth touchdown of the period when he intercepted Lahti again on the very next play and returned it 24 yards for the score, with 52 seconds left in the quarter.

With 12 freshmen on their varsity roster, the young Tigers put up very little fight after that. Taft had minus-22 yards rushing at halftime, and finished the game with 28 carries for minus-12 yards.

Much of that was because of Seaside’s relentless defensive pressure, as the Gulls were in the Taft backfield on almost every play. Lahti, the Tigers’ junior quarterback, was sacked 11 times for 80 yards.

Offensively, Seaside racked up 20 first downs and rushed for 376 yards, led by Pollard (17 carries, 129 yards).

Senior Aaron Tadei ran for two touchdowns (29 and 38 yards) in the second quarter, and finished with 90 yards rushing on just five carries. LaCoste completed three passes for 109 yards. The entire second half was played under the running clock mercy rule.

CROSS COUNTRY

Astoria’s Long is second

TILLAMOOK — The Astoria and Seaside cross country teams took part in the annual “Ultimoook” Invitational meet Saturday, Tillamook’s big early-season event.

The Gulls and Fishermen both had complete teams in the 5,000-meter 1A-4A race, won by the Tillamook boys and the Molalla girls.

Seaside placed fourth out of 25 teams on the boys’ side, behind the Cheesemakers, Battle Ground and Washougal. Astoria was seventh.

Individually, Tillamook’s Hector Rojo was first in 18 minutes, 15 seconds, while Astoria senior Nicholas Long was second in 18:26, and Seaside’s Jefferson Farmer placed fourth in 18:36.

Molalla’s Emily Bever was the individual girls’ winner, finishing in 20:52. Seaside’s Charlotte Blakesley was third in 22:42, and Karla Suarez was Astoria’s first runner to finish (24th, 26:19).

The Seaside girls were fifth in the team standings.

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