By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruins' varsity boys football team fell victim to the Douglas Trojans' run attack Thursday night, losing their third home game of the season 54-0.
After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, the Bruins showed they were capable of moving the ball effectively on two consecutive drives.
The first - a 57 yarder that got Brookings to the Trojans 13 - had the boys in position to score, only to be stopped on fourth down.
The second drive featured the powerful running of Dustin Paradis. The line was able to provide running room and the team was executing and moving the chaings until an interception ended the scoring threat.
Despite starting the second half 28 points down, the varsity team showed no sign of letting up. Bruin WR Ridge Bachman made a number of spectacular catches to sustain drives and Paradis continued to contribute with bruising runs.
As the clock wound down, the Bruins were again threatening, only to have time expire before they could get into the end zone.
Head Coach Jim Keys saw many positives despite the loss.
andquot;The receivers are getting better,andquot; he said. andquot;They're gaining confidence in themselves, each other and the quarterback.andquot;
Keys was also excited about the game freshman Tyler Lueckfeld turned in for the Bruins.
andquot;Tyler played great on defensive and was strong running the ball as well,andquot; he said.
The game also contained a frightening moment unfortunately, when junior Ross McGrath was involved in a collision during the first half. McGrath was later carried off the field on a spinal board.
Brookings-Harbor High School Athletic Director Jon Young said McGrath was released and appears to have suffered no serious injuries.
Next Friday the Bruins go on the road to Siuslaw. The game starts at 7 p.m.