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November 1, 2019
Seaside turns out the lights on Tillamook
By GARY HENLEY
With a five-game league schedule, every football
game is critical in the Cowapa League.
And the Seaside Gulls were down to one last criti-
cal contest last Friday night, with two ways to go in the
A win and a Banks loss would give Seaside a share of
the league title. A loss would leave the Gulls in a tie for
second with Tillamook.
Instead, the Gulls’ 18-0 win over the Cheesemakers
(and a Banks victory over Molalla) gave Seaside second
place all to itself, while the undefeated Braves secured
their second straight Cowapa championship.
The final finish atop the league standings — with
Banks at 5-0 and Seaside at 4-1 — is identical to last
And that’s one more reason the Gulls are hopeful for
a return to the state championship. It just won’t be as
easy to get there as it was a year ago.
Seaside will head to the state playoffs with a No. 12
ranking, as opposed to the No. 3 ranking the Gulls held
But, just like last year, Seaside will certainly enter the
postseason with some momentum.
With all due credit to the Gulls’ defense, Seaside
tossed football’s version of a perfect game in Friday’s
regular season finale.
Tillamook finished the game with no points, two first
downs and zero yards in total offense (minus 14 yards
rushing, plus 14 passing).
A pregame power outage at Broadway Field, coupled
with Senior Night, led to a late start. The power eventu-
ally came back on, just not for the Cheesemakers.
Tillamook finished the first half with 17 yards in total
offense and one first down.
It got even darker for the Cheesemakers in the second
half, as all three Tillamook ball carriers finished with
negative rushing yardage, and quarterback Chad Werner
was 5-of-12 passing for just 14 yards.
The Gulls didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard,
either, but at least Seaside finished with plus yardage and
18 first downs, including eight in the third quarter.
The only score of the first half was also the first com-
pletion of the night for Seaside quarterback Ledger
Pugh, a 32-yard pass and run play to Levi Card down the
right sideline early in the second quarter.
Other than that, Tillamook stopped the Gulls on three
fourth down plays to stay within striking distance.
That is, until Seaside put together its drive of the
Midway through the third quarter and starting from
their own 26, the Gulls ran 14 plays and moved the ball
to the Tillamook 10-yard line.
Seaside only got three points out of the drive, a
27-yard field goal from Kaleb Bartel, but the time-con-
suming drive left the Cheesemakers with just one pos-
session in the third period, as Bartel’s kick split the
Jeff Ter Har
TOP Andrew Teubner helped lead the Gulls over Tillamook
Friday. ABOVE Levi Card makes a big tackle. RIGHT
Brayden Johnson catches a pass from Ledger Pugh.
uprights with 10:15 left in the fourth.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Werner was
sacked in the end zone for a safety, giving the Gulls a
And four plays after that, Seaside tacked on another
six points, as Pugh’s 24-yard toss to Card set up a 26-yard
touchdown run by Aedyn Cook.
Pugh finished 5-of-7 passing for 91 yards, while
Brayden Johnson led the ground attack with 96 yards
rushing on 12 attempts. Cook added 51 yards rushing,
Jake Black ran for 48 and Andrew Teubner rushed for 47
Luis Moreno runs to victory at Cullaby Lake
WARRENTON — It was
a low-key meet at a familiar
old location, for some local
cross-country teams Oct.
In one final tune-up for
their respective district
meets, the Astoria, Seaside
and Warrenton cross-coun-
try squads met at Cullaby
Lake county park for a
three-team run through the
woods and along the shores
of Cullaby Lake, a course
that was a regular part of the
schedule in years past.
Astoria and Seaside
both saw some encouraging
While the Astoria girls
and Seaside boys will both
contend for the Cowapa
League team title, the Sea-
side boys had an individ-
ual winner in Wednesday’s
The Gulls’ Luis Moreno
won the boys race, cover-
ing the 3,000-meter course
in 10 minutes, 3.8 seconds,
just ahead of Astoria fresh-
man John Clement (10:07),
with Astoria’s Nikolai Bois-
vert (10:35) third. Warren-
ton’s Kale Moss (10:40) and
Forrest Cooley (10:50) were
fourth and fifth, respectively.
Moreno’s win was even
more impressive because
the senior had to run a cou-
ple hundred yards more.
Moreno arrived at the start-
ing line without a bib num-
ber on his uniform. He had
to jog back to the finish area
to pick up the bib number,
in Seaside’s balanced running attack.
The Gulls were called for 10 penalties for 75 yards.
Seaside will have a bye this week before beginning
their 2019 postseason run.
Gulls take shutout
win on way to playoffs
Seaside tuned up for the
post-season with an easy 5-0
win Tuesday at Banks in a
Cowapa League boys soccer
The Gulls finish the sea-
son with a 6-1-1 league record,
10-3-1 overall. The Braves,
ranked 32nd out of 33 teams at
the 4A level, dropped to 1-11
Seaside advances to the
state playoffs for the fourth
Seaside’s Luis Moreno heads for the finish
line to win a cross-country race Oct. 23 at
Seaside runner Elise Seppa heads for her fifth
Stephen Snyder scored Sea-
side’s first goal, and got first,
and freshman Ryan Varozza
scored the second on a header
off an assist from Westin Carter.
Carter made it 3-0, and
Dodger Holmstedt was Sea-
side’s fourth goal-scorer of the
The Gulls played several
junior varsity players in the
second half, with Carter add-
ing his second goal for the final
In girls soccer action
at Broadway Field, Banks
defeated Seaside, 1-0.
Banks blanks Seaside
In a Cowapa League vol-
leyball finale Oct. 24 at Sea-
side, Banks clinched second
place in the league standings
with a sweep over the Gulls,
25-11, 25-9, 25-13.
Braves finish 5-3 in league
play, just ahead of fifth-
ranked Astoria (4-4).
Banks, Astoria, Tillamook
(3-5) and Seaside (0-8) will
all take part in the play-in
round, with the Gulls set to
play Oct. 29 at Philomath.
Members of the Seaside boys cross-country team head for the starting line, before the race
at Cullaby Lake.
then ran back to the starting
The winner of the girls’
race was the runner who’s
been winning all season,
Astoria’s Sophie Long.
The junior was the only
runner to break 12 min-
utes, finishing in 11:54 for
her personal best over 3,000
Ella Zilli was a distant sec-
ond (12:19), followed by
Lady Fishermen Lindsay
Riutta (12:52) and Allyson
Pritchard (12:52). Astoria’s
fifth runner was Annalyse
Steele (12th, 14:16), with
not a single senior among
their top five.
Seaside sophomore Elise
Seppa placed fifth in 12:56,
followed by Warrenton’s
Kaisa Liljenwall (13:02,
new school record) and Abi-
gail Miller (13:32).
Seaside 18, Tillamook 0
SEA: Levi Card 32 pass from Ledger Pugh
(Kaleb Bartel kick) 10:59
SEA: Bartel 27 FG, 10:15
SEA: Chad Werner tackled in end zone,
SEA: Aedyn Cook 26 run (kick failed) 7:32
Rushing: Boomer 1-(-3), C.Werner 9-(-4),
Mendez 8-(-7). Passing: C.Werner 5-12-14-
0. Receiving: Shelley 2-13, Stonebrink 1-6,
Boomer 1-1, Connelly 1-(-6).
Rushing: Br.Johnson 12-96, Cook 8-51,
Black 11-48, Teubner 9-47, Pugh 9-13, Rich
1-5. Passing: Pugh 5-7-91-0, Kawasoe 0-1-
0-0. Receiving: Card 2-56, Cook 1-15, Br.
Johnson 1-12, Black 1-8.