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BRUIN VARSITY FOOTBALL HOUNDED BY BULLDOGS ON HOMECOMING

Eli Bruce looking downfield for an open receiver in Friday night's loss. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
Eli Bruce looking downfield for an open receiver in Friday night's loss. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).

By Chad Robert Snyder

Pilot staff writer

Amidst the homecoming festivities at Brookings-Harbor High School Friday night, the varsity football Bruins engaged in a staged fight of carnivore versus canine.

The canines in the battle, the North Bend Bulldogs, emerged from the Bruins home den victorious in this particular battle, 34-0.

The game started off quickly for the Bulldogs, putting up 21 points in the first quarter alone.

"The first quarter was hard for us," said Bruin Head Coach Jim Keys. "We were out of position and couldn't get any line push."

On the defensive side for the Bruins, the issue was clearly the inability to stop big plays in the passing game.

The Bruins adjusted, however, and the pace of the Bulldog attack was slowed to a grind.

"The second quarter was much better," Keys said. "We started poppin' people."

Offensively, the Bruins commenced an effective ground game and were able to mount two effective drives. Unfortunately, both ended in punts.

Near the end of the quarter, the Bruins got a gift in the form of a fumble recovery, only to turn the ball over on their next play, a pass intercepted by the Bulldogs.

The Bruins got a few breaks in the third quarter, including a Bulldog touchdown on a punt return called back on a clipping penalty.

Later, BHHS was on the verge of taking advantage of their advancing field position when a drive stalled and the Bruins were forced to punt. The Bulldogs next play was a 40 yard run. North Bend capped off the drive with a TD, taking the score to 28-0 and essentially ending all Bruins chances of a comeback.

Keys said the problem was principally the line of the Bulldogs.

"We just couldn't get a push on them," he said. "Defensively, we were getting caved in on the outside."

The result was a number of the big plays in the game for the Bulldogs, many of which were runs to the edge.

On the positive side, Keys said he saw some players developing in roles he had hoped they would fill, including Ridge Bachman in the safety position.

"He's playing heads up football, and he's really learning how to come up and support the run," Keys said.

Next Friday, Oct. 31 the Bruins finish their season versus Sutherlin at 7 p.m.

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