By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Eight members of the Brookings-Harbor High School football team were awarded post-season honors as they were selected to the Far West All-League team.
The Bruins had an off year on the gridiron this season, going 2-3 in league play and 3-6 overall, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
"Things didn't quite go how we wanted," Coach Jim Keys said at the team's end of the year banquet Tuesday. "But I was real pleased with their effort in the the last two games."
The Bruins struggled against some tough opponents earlier in the year, but battled back to play competitive football at the end of the season.
In the final game of the year, the Bruins overwhelmed the South Umpqua Lancers in a 50-28 thumping and in the previous game, the Sutherlin Bulldogs needed a blocked extra point in overtime to eliminate the Bruins from playoff contention in a 30-29 loss.
"Once you get these boys on the field, you can work 'em to death and they won't quit," Keys said of his team.
Andrew Tuttle was the lone Bruin to be given first team honors as he was selected as a first team defensive back.
Tuttle was the best cover man for the Bruins this season, using his height and his speed to aggravate receivers and break up pass plays.
On special teams, Tuttle was also an honorable mention selection as a punter, often getting the Bruins out of tight spots with his quality kicks.
"When it comes to heart, work ethic and dedication, you can't beat him," assistant coach Vince Longo said of Tuttle Tuesday.
The other member of the secondary recognized was co-captain A.J. Weber, who was selected as a second team safety.
Weber did a good job in help coverage as well as making key open field tackles for the Bruins. He had two interceptions against Sutherlin and returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown in the Bruins' win over Douglas.
On the offensive side of the ball, Weber was an honorable mention quarterback.
With his size, Weber could see over the line and find open receivers and he also proved himself as an able scrambler.
The Bruins also had three other players selected to the second team on defense: David Marrington, Mike Althof and Mark Parmerlee.
Marrington was a hard-nose linebacker who anchored the Bruins linebacking core while pulling double duty as a hard-hitting fullback on offense.
Althof, the lone junior of the honorees, used his speed and aggressiveness to dispute opponents backfield's as a defensive end.
And in the middle of the defensive line, Parmerlee did a good job stuffing the run for an excellent run-stopping team.
Seth McDonald was given honorable mention selections as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
Despite being relatively small for a lineman (under 200 pound), McDonald never backed away from an opponent and often ran them over on his way to the quarterback.
On offense, Nick Morris and Andrew North were both recognized with honorable mention selections.
Morris led the Bruins on the ground this year, but really came alive in the Bruins final two games, rushing for almost 300 yards and four touchdowns.
As the starting tight end, North's role was usually as an additional blocker, but North was also one of the Bruins more sure-handed receivers.