By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Nick Morris rushed for three touchdowns and the Bruin defense completely shut down the Bandon Tigers as the Bruins rolled to a 21-0 victory in their opening game of the season.
"When we weren't shooting ourselves in the foot offensively, we were doing pretty good," Coach Jim Keys said. "We're not trying to be a playoff team this week, just taking it one game at a time and getting better as we go."
The Bruins struggled with penalties throughout the game, mostly for false starts and offside infractions.
But despite the numerous set backs, the Bruins were still able to move the ball with ease against the Tigers.
Defense was the name of the game in the first quarter, as both teams were held scoreless and the Bruins weren't able to strike until the second quarter.
After a pair of 8-yard runs by Morris took the Bruins up to midfield, Morris and Tyler Parke fooled the Tigers as Morris flipped it back to Parke on the reverse and Parke motored down to the 5-yard line.
From the five, Morris pounded it in on his first attempt to give the Bruins a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.
Parke's extra point attempt was successful and the Bruins led 7-0.
On the Bruins next possession, Morris and company were able to move the ball with ease.
Quarterback AJ Weber started with a pair of quarterback keepers that earned him 15 yards.
Morris and fullback Mike Klein added runs to bring the Bruins up to the 6-yard line where Morris then punched it in again for his second touchdown of the game.
Parke was successful on his second extra point attempt on the day and the Bruins took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
On the Bruins second possession of the third quarter, Morris started the drive with a 20-yard run up the middle.
Morris and David Marrington continued to pound the ball up the middle and Morris ran in his third touchdown of the game from the 4-yard line.
With the extra point by Parke, the Bruins took a 21-0 lead that would eventually be the final score.
The Bruin offensive line did an excellent job clearing holes for Morris and the rest of the Bruin backs.
Although the line may be considered a small one compared to past lines, they were able to utilize their speed and positioning to get the job done.
Markie Parmerlee, Neil Watson, Nick Longo, Mike Althof and Matt Mockry, along with tight end Andrew North and fullbacks Klein and Marrington, were able to keep the Tiger defenders at bay for the majority of the game.
On defense, senior Seth McDonald continually hounded the Tigers behind the line of scrimmage and had several tackles for loss on the evening.
Defensive lineman Althof and Parmerlee also upset the Tiger run game while linebackers Morris, Marrington and Klein came up with some big hits as well.
"The defense played tough tonight," Keys said.
Morris led the way with 14 rushes for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
Other Bruins ball carriers were: Parke 1 for 49, Evan Peterson, 6 for 41; Marrington, 6 for 26; Klein 4 for 18; Weber 4 for 17; and Dustin Paradis, 1 for 1.
In the JV game, the Bruins used a second half defensive touchdown to take down the Tigers 14-6.
Tony Verdugo scored the first touchdown for the Bruins with an 11-yard run, giving the Bruins a 6-0 lead.
After the Tigers tied the game, Daniel Grubb recovered a fumble and ran it back 18 yards for the touchdown.
Paradis ran in the two-point conversion to give the Bruins the 14-6 win.
On the evening, Paradis rushed for over 200 yards against the Tigers.
The next game for the Bruins is a home contest against the Del Norte Warriors on Friday, Sept. 7. The JV game is at 4 p.m. with the varsity game following at 7:30 p.m.