On Friday night, it looked as if the Brookings-Harbor football team (0-5 overall, 0-2 Far West League) would have one of their best chances of picking up a win this season on the road against South Umpqua High.
Granted, the Lancers gave the same North Valley team that defeated the Bruins 38-7 in their season opener a 32-8 shellacking, but that was also their only win of the season. With a 1-3 record and #20 ranking in the Oregon School Activities Association, the Lancers looked like a far more beatable team than top-ranked North Bend.
That was hardly the case however, as the Lancers dominated both sides of the ball to hand the Bruins a 47-7.
It didn’t take long for the Lancers to establish the lead, as senior running back Connor Yates rushed into the end zone on their opening drive. On the Bruin’s ensuing position, the Lancers scored off a fumble return touchdown for a two-score lead. In the final three minutes of the first quarter, the Lancers had two more scoring drives to carry a 27-0 lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bruin defense showed signs of life by forcing a turnover on a would-be Lancer touchdown at their own three-yard line. That was the only bright spot of the quarter however as the Lancers on the next two drives to go up 40-0. To add insult to injury, the Lancers ripped the ball out of freshman quarterback Andrew Burger’s hands for a return touchdown in the final minute of the half to take a 47-0 halftime lead.
With the clock running due to the mercy rule, neither team scored in the third quarter, and throughout the fourth quarter it looked that the final score would be 47-0. However in the closing minutes, the Bruins found their first touchdown in three games when senior running back Bailey Stamm rushed for a 40-yard touchdown.
The Bruins return home next week to host Douglas on Friday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Gold Beach Football
The Panthers (1-2 overall, 1-0) engaged with Reedsport in a competitive back and forth match at their home field on Friday night before triumphing 27-13 in their conference opener.
The Braves drew first blood in the contest when senior Korde Parmenter cut into the end zone from 3-yards out.
In the second quarter the Panthers answered back when senior quarterback Taylor Mather found junior wide receiver Brandon Seuser-Smith for a 18-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 7-6. With four minutes and six seconds to go in the half, Seuser-Smith made a one-handed catch over the middle and rushed for 56-yards to give Gold Beach its first lead of the game.
The Braves were not done however, and in the third quarter senior Gage Billings found the endzone from a 3-yard pass to retake the lead.
Trailing 13-12 in the fourth, the Panthers caught their second wind when senior running back Yancy Rangel plunged into the endzone from 1-yard out to give Gold Beach the lead for good. Senior wide receiver Alex Carpenter caught a pass over the middle and converted a touchdown from the five-yard line to officially clinch the game.
The Panthers will hit the road for their next game, where they will face Myrtle Point. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.