It was a long night for the Brookings-Harbor High School football team as the Philomath Warriors ran the ball with abadonment and completed explosive pass play after pass play to dominate Friday night’s OSAA play-in game 15-56.
The Bruins scored twice, once on a quarterback sneak early in the second quarter and once at the end of the game on a run by fullback CJ Paxton. The Bruins had moments of brilliance but it wasn’t enough to compete against the Warrior’s well-oiled machine.
The Bruins struggled on offense to make yards and were forced to turn to Chandler Dodd as a punter – rather than a runner – where he excelled.
“He did a great job,” special teams coach Bruce Wales said of Dodd’s punting. “It’s just too bad we weren’t in a position to run the fake punt and run.”
The Bruins were unable to contain the Warriors run game as they gave up 70-plus yard plays multiple times in the game to fall too far behind to come back.
“We didn’t play very well,” defensive coordinator Chris Schofield said. “Third and long killed us tonight. We didn’t tackle well in space and the little things quickly turned into 56 points.”
According to senior Paxton, the Bruins left all they had on the field.
“We came out with the mindset that we would give it our all and try to make it another week,” he said. “I think we gave it all we had.”
The Bruins end their season with a record of 3-6 overall and 2-3 in league.
High School boys soccer team (11-3-1) will face the La Grande Tigers (4-8-1) at 2 p.m., today, on the BHHS soccer field. The Tigers placed third in their league and are ranked 19th in the OSAA rankings. The Bruins tied for first in the Far West League and are ranked 11th in the state.
Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team (10-4-0) will face the McLoughlin Lady Pioneers (6-5-1) at noon, today, on the BHHS soccer field. The Pioneers are ranked 16th in the OSAA rankings, while the Lady Bruins are ranked 18th.
Both teams are competing for a chance to make the OSAA playoff bracket for which play will begin Tuesday