The Shocker of the Weekend in Oregon 4A football was a Saturday afternoon special at Broadway Field in Seaside.
Making their third trip to Seaside in three years, the Henley Hornets — who lost to the Gulls 55-13 just over a year ago — overcame a 7-0 deficit to post a 14-7 win over Seaside in the 2019 season opener for both teams.
The Gulls were ranked seventh in a pre-season coaches poll, while Henley was unranked and coming off a 2-7 season.
The two teams got defensive in Saturday’s battle at Broadway, where the Hornets and Gulls combined for just four first downs over the second and third quarters.
Henley had only five first downs through three quarters (and finished with eight), while Seaside had no first downs in the second period and just one in the third — which set up its only score of the game.
Ledger Pugh’s 45-yard pass to Brayden Johnson gave the Gulls a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line midway through the third quarter, and Jake Black scored from there on the very next play. Kaleb Bartel added the extra point for a seemingly safe 7-0 lead.
But after a completely scoreless first half, the Hornets scored on the very next play from scrimmage, a 62-yard pass from Tim Orr to Braden Lawrie.
The Henley defense answered the call from there, forcing a pair of three-and-out drives on Seaside’s next two possessions.
Henley took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Orr hit Sam Dixon down the right sideline for a 55-yard touchdown play.
Numerous pre-snap penalties cost the Gulls yardage on several drives, including Seaside’s first possession of the fourth quarter, which resulted in a missed field goal.
The Hornets managed to take time off the clock with their next drive, giving Seaside just one more offensive possession in the final quarter.
The Gulls reached their own 46-yard line, but could get no further, as the Henley defense stopped Seaside on a fourth-and-10 with a minute remaining.
Henley’s top ball carrier in the first half (13 attempts, 62 yards) and emotional leader, Cameron O’Connor, suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff of the second half and missed the remainder of the game.
Orr — who had just 14 yards passing in the first half (including one to himself for two yards) — was 6-for-8 in the second half for 163 yards. Dixon caught four for 95 as the game’s leading receiver.
Black led the Gulls with 78 yards rushing on 20 carries, while Johnson caught three passes for 87 yards.
Outside of their two losses to Banks last season, the Gulls’ last loss to a team other than the Braves was a 43-39 loss to Henley in the first round of the 2017 state playoffs, also at Broadway Field.
Seaside opens season 2-0
Seaside scored two goals in the first half, then added a much-needed third goal early in the second half, on its way to a 3-2 win over Junction City in a nonleague girls soccer game Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers came out strong, but a Junction City shot on goal deflected off the cross bar from 30 yards out.
The Gulls, meanwhile, converted on their early opportunity. In the 12th minute, Nicole Blankenhorn passed to Emma Arden, who made a run up the middle and scored for a 1-0 lead.
Later in the first half, Seaside’s Kalee Snyder scored unassisted when she won a ball that had rebounded off a Junction City defender, 30 yards from goal on the right side, giving the Gulls a 2-0 lead at the break.
Snyder got a second goal just seven minutes into the second half, with an assist from Arden, who passed to Snyder in the middle, and the Seaside freshman worked her way through the defense and scored from 25 yards out from the left side, into the right side of the net.
The Gulls were called for a hand ball in the penalty area in the 60th minute, but Seaside goalkeeper Abby Brien stopped the resulting penalty kick.
The Tigers still got their first goal four minutes later, and Junction City scored a second goal in the 73rd minute on a free kick.
“I felt we were in control for most of the first half and the first 20 of the second half,” said Seaside coach Dave Rouse, but “we held on to a hard-fought win.”
Gulls 2, Newport 0
SEASIDE — It was a successful return to the varsity coaching ranks for Seaside’s Dave Rouse, who led the Gulls to a 2-0 win over Newport, in a 2019 girls soccer season opener Sept. 3 at Broadway Field.
After a scoreless first half, a bunch of Seaside sophomores teamed up to score two goals in a little over one minute of action midway through the second half to officially open the season with a victory.
“Just like old times,” said Rouse, in his return as varsity coach, after stepping down following the 2013 season.
“The girls really earned their stripes in the jamboree,” last Thursday at Woodburn, he added. “We played North Marion and Woodburn, and did a great job there.”
Tuesday’s official opener saw the official debut of freshman goalkeeper Abygale Brien, who got the shutout in goal. She made four saves in the first half and three more in the second.
The Cubs dominated time of possession in the first 40 minutes, with four shots on goal and four corner kick opportunities.
Seaside did not have a shot on goal until the seventh minute of the second half, when Hailey Hughes banged a shot off the right post off a crossing pass from fellow sophomore Ila Bowles.
With 25:45 left in the game, Seaside sophomore Anna Knoch gathered in a pass from Emma Arden, and Knoch hammered in the shot from 10 yards at the right post for the game’s first goal.
Shortly after, Arden — another sophomore — chased down a pass up the middle of the field, and won a race to the ball with Newport senior goalkeeper Kaeden Fletcher-Vogel, scoring easily into an open net with 24:25 remaining.
That was more than enough for Seaside’s strong defensive side of the ball, which shut down the Newport attack in the second half, as the Cubs had just three shots on goal and two corner kick chances.
“We were a little helter skelter in the first half, but we really settled down in the second half,” Rouse said. “I used a lot of players tonight. You never know how they’re going to play in the first game, but I was really proud of them.”
Seaside’s back line, anchored by Lilli Taylor and Susana Velazquez Huanosta (more sophomores) turned the Cubs away repeatedly, preserving the shutout for Brien.
Seaside ranked seventh in state
Senior Stephen Snyder scored two goals and junior Westin Carter added one, helping Seaside to a 3-1 win over visiting Junction City in a nonleague boys soccer game Sept. 5 at Broadway Field.
The match was delayed 30 minutes in the second half by lightning, before the Gulls ultimately improved to 2-0. It was the season opener for Junction City.
After two games, Seaside was 2-0 and ranked seventh in the state, while league rival Valley Catholic held down the No. 1 spot.
Gulls 2, Newport 0
Seaside scored an unofficial first — or at least something the Gulls had not done for a long time — by beating Newport 2-0 in a nonleague season opener Sept. 3 in Newport.
Seaside “dominated most of the game with multipule chances,” said Gulls coach John Chapman, who racked up his 50th career coaching win.
Seaside’s Julio Ortiz scored first with a long shot just out of reach of the Newport goalkeeper.
Everest Sibony tacked on another goal off a free kick, helping the Gulls defeat the team that ended their 2017 season, when the Cubs beat Seaside 2-1 in a quarterfinal game at Broadway Field.
Seaside second at Cascade
Seaside finished second in the Silver Bracket of the Cascade Invitational, held Saturday in Turner. Sixteen 4A teams competed in the annual tournament.
The Gulls had early wins over Madras (25-10, 25-16) and Marshfield (17-25, 25-15, 15-10), before North Marion topped Seaside, 25-16, 25-19.
Through eight matches, the Gulls were 5-3 overall, and ranked ninth in the OSAA Class 4A rankings.
Eagles top Gulls
In a nonleague match Sept. 3 at Stayton, the Eagles had to rally from a one-game deficit to win in four, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24.
“All four games were very close,” said Seaside coach Demi Lund. “Emma Brown and Ellisa Blodgett led the team in kills. Sandee Adriano led the team in digs and her passing was amazing.
“A surprise player has been Tristyn McFadden in the back row,” she said. “She is very energetic and a good team leader who goes for any ball on the court.”
Gulls runner-up at Warrenton
Seaside took second and Warrenton finished fourth in the Warriors’ annual volleyball “Tip-Off” tournament Aug. 31. Knappa took fifth in the 14-team tourney.
Oregon Episcopal won the title match, topping the Gulls in three sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20. The Aardvarks’ championship brought an end to Culver’s eight-year streak as tournament champions.
“The girls played awesome,” said Seaside coach Demi Lund. “A lot of them are playing positions they have never played before and being very flexible.
“The lineup is constantly changing until we find what works best for us,” she said. “Emma Brown has really peaked and taken over the leader position of the team. She is playing middle this year and has been doing awesome.”
The Gulls nearly didn’t make it out of the first round in the championship bracket, before finally getting past Knappa 27-25, 25-27, 15-2.
Seaside had to play another three sets to beat Delphian, 25-19, 19-25, 15-11, to reach the title match against OES.
Knappa was a perfect 3-0 in pool play, as the Loggers began with a win over Clatskanie, 25-17, followed by a 25-14 victory over league rival Faith Bible.
Undefeated in pool play — but not having enough of a point spread to be seeded No. 1 or 2 — the Loggers were seeded third and found themselves playing Seaside in a first round match of the championship bracket.
Knappa led the class 4A Gulls almost the entire first game, until Seaside rallied and took a 25-24 lead. The Loggers tied it at 25-25, but the Gulls reeled off the next two points for a 27-25 win.
Game 2 saw Knappa turn the tables and rally for a 27-25 victory.
The third and deciding set was all Seaside, which posted a 15-2 win to advance in the bracket.