By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruins' JV football team won Thursday night in dramatic fashion, narrowly defeating the South Umpqua Lancers 8-6.
In a contest that was affected by rainy conditions, the Bruins managed just enough offense to outlast the Lancers in a game that was at the same time deliberate and physical.
In the first quarter the Bruins moved the ball effectively at times, but were unable to sustain drives long enough to score. The defense came out and immediately put the clamps on South Umpqua by dishing out big hits and commanding the field position battle.
With about six minutes remaining in the second half, the Bruins put together a full drive and took the ball to the Lancers' four yard line. QB Chandler Gotfried immediately punched it in on a QB keeper.
Head Coach Donny Gallian decided to go for two, and the resulting successful conversion by Daniel Grub pushed the lead to 8-0.
On the next offensive drive for the opposition, the Bruins' D allowed the only big play of the game for South Umpqua. The Lancers RB got to the sideline and outran the Bruins' secondary for a touchdown.
South Umpqua also went for two, attempting to tie the game up, but were stopped by a Bruin gang tackle at the 1-yard line.
In the second half, the game quickly devolved into a fierce field position battle.
The Bruins and the Lancers traded turnovers and punts for the bulk of the third quarter, hardly changing the starting point of each drive.
The fourth quarter began with more of the same. After a few unsuccessful drives, however, the Lancers were on the move when Bruin Daniel Grub came up with a critical interception.
Having gotten the ball back for the offense, the Bruins' D only had a moment to sit before they found themselves back on the field in the unenviable position of having to stop South Umpqua to preserve the victory.
After two positive plays, the Lancers inexplicably put the ball in the air and Dillon Schofield made a great play, picking the ball off and sealing the Bruins' win.
Gallian said he was very happy with the JV's performance.
"Our defense played spectacularly," he said. "We made some mental mistakes, but we made some good mental plays, too."
Gallian said he was extremely pleased by the game Tim Drafahl turned in, rushing the ball and leading the offense.
"Tim ran our offense exceptionally well," he said. "He provided some much needed leadership as well."
Next week the Bruins host Douglas high school at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.