By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School football team trailed by 48 points before they were able to get on the board in a 55-13 loss to the North Bend Bulldogs Friday night.
The usually sturdy Bruin defense was unable to stop North Bend as the Bulldogs scored on every possession except for their first of the game.
"They hurt us with a lot of big plays," Coach Jim Keys said. "But I'm proud of the way we finally came around in the fourth quarter."
At halftime, the Bulldogs led 24-0 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Shawn Mitchell, a 68-yard touchdown run by Kale Forrester and a 29-yard pass touchdown from Ethan Ottemiller to Luke Clark.
Alex Clark also had a 28-yard field goal and was 3-for-3 on extra point attempts in the half.
In the first half, the Bruins were able to put together a good drive on their second possession of the game, taking the ball all the way down to the 5-yard line just to have the field goal blocked by the Bulldogs.
Second-half turnovers left the Bruin defense on the field too long as they began to wear down and the Bulldogs began to pile on the points.
The Bulldogs added three more touchdowns in the second half on runs by Mitchell and Lane Seals, another pass touchdown to L. Clark, as well as another field goal by A. Clark to build a 48-0 lead.
Nick Morris was able to put the Bruins on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter as he ran in a 28-yard touchdown. Tyler Parke completed the point after kick and the Bruins cut the score to 48-7.
The Bulldogs were able to add one more touchdown to pad their score before the Bruins struck again.
Dustin Paradis scampered 55 yards for the touchdown on the Bruins' final possession of the game.
The two-point conversion failed as the game ended in a 55-13 loss for the Bruins.
Despite the big losses in the last two games, the Bruins still have a shot at the final playoff spot if they win their final two games against Sutherlin and South Umpqua.
"Now the kids just have to decide how much they want to be in the playoffs," Keys said.
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bruins take on the Sutherlin Bulldogs in an away game that begins at 7 p.m.