By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
In an extremely high-scoring affair, the Brookings-Harbor High School JV football team outscored the Sutherlin Bulldogs in the second half, but couldn't manage to overcome their first-half deficit as they fell to the Bulldogs 54-32 last Thursday night.
The Bruins got off to a slow start and trailed the Bulldogs 36-8 at the half.
Quarterback Eli Bruce scored the lone touchdown for the Bruins on a 3-yard run and completed a pass to Martin Robic for the two-point conversion.
In the second half, the Bruins came out with a bang and forced a fumble on the opening kickoff that Tony Verdugo was able to pounce on to give the Bruins the ball.
Bruce then ran a pair of 15-yard dashes, finding the end zone on the second run.
Dustin Paradis ran in the two-point attempt to cut the lead to 36-16.
After the Bulldogs added on another score and were working on another drive, the Bruins' Matt Coy made an extremely heads-up play as he dove and intercepted a tipped ball to give the Bruins the ball back.
On the ensuing drive, Paradis broke free behind some excellent Bruin blocks and rushed 61 yards for the touchdown.
Bruce pounded in the two-point conversion to make the score 42-24.
But the Bruins were unable to stop the speedy Bulldogs when they got around to the outside as Sutherlin tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
With under a minute to play, the Bruins were making a final drive toward the end zone as Bruce was stripped running the ball up the middle only to have tight end Derek Chavez pick it up and run 27 yards for the touchdown.
Bruce found Coy in the end zone for the Bruins' fourth two-point conversion of the day to bring the final score to 54-36.
The final game of the year for the Bruins will be on Thursday, Nov. 1 at South Umpqua at 5 p.m.