The Brookings-Harbor football put forth a valiant effort against Douglas High, but the Bruins (0-5, 0-3 Far West) ultimately could not contain the Trojan’s run game (4-2, 2-1) in a 28-7 loss at home Friday night.
The Bruins kicked off their return home an emphatic note, as they marched 70 yards down field on five plays to score a touchdown on their opening drive. Junior running back Nick Martinez had a 35-yard rush that fell 2-yards short of the end zone, but senior running back Bailey Stamm made his way into the endzone on the ensuing play.
On the Trojan’s possession, Martinez intercepted a Douglas pass to give the Bruins possession of the ball at their own 40-yard line. Unfortunately the Bruins were unable to capitalize on the interception and ended up going three and out.
As if making up for the turnover, senior Trojan running back Michael Wanamaker gutted the Bruin defense for a 42-yard gain to land at the Bruin’s 15-yard line. Three plays later, junior wide receiver Trent Avery barreled his way through the middle to even the game.
After failing to score in the latter half of the second quarter, the Bruins unexpectedly found themselves down 7-14 when senior defensive back Damon Landry took a punt return 40 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Following a four-and-out, Martinez kept the Bruins from falling into a two-touchdown deficit by intercepting a would-be 33-yard touchdown pass in a play that was ruled a touchback.
In the second half, the Brookings-Harbor defensive line started coming to life as they repeatedly stuffed the Trojans on numerous run and pass plays to keep the game at a one-touchdown deficit.
In the fourth quarter, freshman quarterback Andrew Burger attempted to connect with senior wide receiver Josh Smith in the endzone, but this time it was the Trojan’s turn to intercept the ball in the endzone, and subsequently, swing the momentum back in their favor.
As if rejuvenated by the interception, the Trojans went on to score on two more drives in the latter half of the fourth quarter to give themselves a 21 point win in what had otherwise been a close fought game.
The Bruins will travel to Marshfield next week in the hopes of picking up their first win. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
In just their second game on the road of the season, the Gold Beach (3-2, 2-0 Sunset) football team manhandled Myrtle Point (0-5, 0-2) in a 60-16 shellacking Friday night.
Senior running back Yancy Rangel led the Panthers with three rushing touchdowns from 18, 35 and 3 yards respectively. Senior running back Trevor Walker also tallied two touchdowns from 30 and 60 yards out.
Senior quarterback Taylor Mather slung a 60-yard touchdown pass in the game, while sophomore running back Darren Bright also registered a touchdown from the three-yard line.
In the final play of the game, senior lineman Michael Dalton recovered a fumbled Myrtle Point snap and ran the ball in from the 45-yard line with no time remaining on the clock to punctuate the win.
The Panthers will host Toledo at home next Friday. Game time is at 7 p.m.