It was a game of turnover and recovery during Friday night's matchup between the Bruins of Brookings-Harbor High School and the Bulldogs of Sutherlin High School with the Bruins coming out on top in the 41-23 drubbing of the Bulldogs.
The Bruins took the opening kick off and bulldozed their way downfield before being forced to turnover the ball on downs.
The Bulldogs made it to the 10-yard line before Bruins defender Justin Schultz picked off a pass and took it to the 35-yard line before being pushed out of bounds.
A late-hit penalty gave the Bruins the ball on the 50-yard line and running back Justin Murray made short work of the remaining 50 yards to score a touchdown. The Bruins converted the two-point play to go up 8-0.
The Bruins picked up a Sutherlin fumble deep in their own territory just before the end of the first quarter. The Bruins converted the fumble into eight points on a quarterback keeper by Jr. Helme before scoring another six points on a 3-yard scamper by Murray to put the Bruins up 22-0 headed into the locker room at the half.
The Bruins kept up the pressure in the second half as Schultz scored a touchdown with 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Bruins scored again as Murray andndash; subbing for an injured Helme andndash; took the ball across the endline on the quarterback keeper.
The Bulldogs tried to make a game of it andndash; scoring on a 72-yard pass play with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late and the Bruins put it away on a 17-yard run by Chandler Dodd to seal the final score, 41-23.
JV defeats Sutherlin, 29-8 in front of home-town crowd
Not even a late hit on JV quarterback Jess Fitzhugh andndash; knocked him out of the game andndash; deep into the second half could keep the Brookings-Harbor High School JV football team from winning in convincing fashion on Thursday night.
The JV squad began the first half 14-6 lead and added to the numbers in the second on its way to a 29-8 victory.
Solid defense and an unstoppable offense were the key to the Bruins victory.
Fitzhugh was escorted off the field after remaining prone for more than 15 minutes while being tended to by coaches, but his condition was unknown as of press time.
Both teams allowed emotion to get the best of them as the game resumed and a number of penalties were called before the referees had the game back under control.
"Emotions got deep toward the end with the injury to Jess," Alex Bevan said following the game, "but I feel like we closed out pretty good.
"I feel good about the win."
The Bruins will play at 7 p.m. on Friday at Douglas.
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