It was a tough night for the Brookings-Harbor High School football team as they took a 8-41 beating at the hands of the fourth-ranked Siuslaw Vikings, but throughout the night one constant remained: They never gave up.
"We played a good team," Head Coach Eric Sullivan said. "We did everything we could as far as I could tell. We never gave up."
The Bruins got outscored by 33 points and were facing a possible shutout as they headed into the fourth quarter of football against an extremely well disciplined Siuslaw Viking team.
According to senior Calvin Watwood, the Vikings are a tough team, not because they are super big or have standout athletes, but because they rarely make mistakes.
Mistakes, on the part of the Vikings, did happen Friday night - a fumble in the first quarter and a turnover on downs in the fourth quarter - but the Bruins were unable to capitalize on the mistakes in the loss.
"We gave it our all," senior Tyler Marrington said. "We played as hard as we could and as fast as we could."
Three minutes into the game the Vikings scored the first touchdown, but the Bruins refused to back down.
On the ensuing kick off, the Bruins return it to the 35 yard line and begin to march up field on a couple of pass plays, but fail to get a crucial fourth down and turn the ball over on downs.
The Bruins' defense forced a fumble late in the first quarter that was recovered by David Hull but were unable to covert the fumble into a touchdown as a fourth-and-inches play failed to get the first down.
The Bruins' only touchdown came with 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Izak Ehlers connected with senior Michael Duncan for a 23-yard touchdown. Watwood forced his way across the line for the two-point conversion to make the score 8-41.
"It was the best feeling I could have asked for," Ehlers said of his touchdown pass. "I didn't want to go down with a shutout because I won't quit. I knew that Michael could make the catch and he did. It was his first touchdown and I'm glad I was able to give it to him."
Sullivan had planned on taking Ehlers out of the game to give sophomore quarterback Russell Nickels some experience, but Ehlers promised a scoring drive and delivered.
"I totally trusted him," Sullivan said. "I knew that if he said he would do it that he would do it. There was no question in my mind because he is one of those kids who refuses to give up. All of the seniors are that way. They give it their all."
The Bruins drop to 0-4 in Far West League play and 0-7 overall.
The Bruins travel to North Bend on Friday to take on the ninth-ranked Bulldogs. Game is scheduled for 7 p.m.