By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
After a heartbreaking loss last week against Phoenix, the Brookings-Harbor High School football team got shut out by the Hidden Valley Mustangs 33-0 Friday night.
"About everything that could go wrong did," Coach Jim Keys said. "But now we have two weeks off to heal up and get ready for league."
The Bruins (1-3) have a bye next week and then travel to Winston to take on the Douglas Trojans in the Far West League opener.
"From here on out, they count," Keys said. "But we have a positive attitude and things are going to improve."
The week off will be valuable time for some of the banged up Bruins to heal, including Mike Klein, who missed the whole game and Andrew Tuttle, who left at halftime with an injury.
Hidden Valley (2-2) scored on their first drive of the game on a 25-yard touchdown pass from David Wardle to Saxon Gotfried.
Early in the second quarter, the Bruin defense made a big stand on the 4-yard line, holding the Mustangs and then blocking the field goal attempt.
But the Bruins continued to have trouble moving the ball on offense and couldn't put together a lengthy drive.
The Mustangs scored again in the second quarter as Dustin Fox ran for a 73-yard touchdown and gave the Mustangs a 12-0 lead heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, Wardle found Gotfried again for a 28-yard touchdown pass and then a blocked punt eventually turned into a 3-yard touchdown run by Fox to put the Mustangs up 27-0.
The Bruins were able to keep the Mustangs out of the end zone in the fourth quarter and held them to a pair of 30-yard field goals by Jorden Nielsen.
The biggest play of the game for the Bruins came late in the third quarter as AJ Weber hit Tyler Parke for a 29-yard completion.
Nick Morris led the Bruins on the ground with 50 yards, followed by David Marrington with 26 yards.
On defense, Mike Althof had a big night, wrapping up numerous Mustang ball carriers.
Tuttle also had a good game in the secondary and on special teams before he had to leave the game with an injury.
After a bye week next Friday, the Bruins will play the Douglas Trojans on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Winston.
On Thursday evening, the JV Bruins also fell to the Mustangs 27-14.
Hidden Valley scored on their first two possessions of the game and took an early 13-0 lead.
After a Bruin fumble gave the Mustangs the ball back, French foreign exchange student Martin Robic chased down the quarterback and sacked him on two straight plays.
On third-and-thirty, Derek Chavez smashed the ball carrier as soon as he got his hand on the ball and knocked it loose, where Robic then picked up the ball and dashed 40 yards for the touchdown.
The Bruins failed on the two-point conversion and trailed 13-6.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Robic gave the Bruins another chance to get on the board as he stripped the ball from the kick returner and recovered it on the 24-yard line.
Several plays later, quarterback Joey LaThorpe was able to pound it up the middle from three yards out.
LaThorpe then connected with Daniel Grubb on the two-point conversion to cut the score to 19-14.
But a big halfback pass in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs' second of the game, ended the Bruins' hope for a comeback as they fell 27-14.
Along with Robic, Grubb, Dustin Paradis, Schuyler Ray and Eli Bruce all had big days on defense.
The next game for the JV Bruins is a home game against Douglas on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.