The Brookings-Harbor Bruins prevailed against a determined Douglas football team to remain undefeated at 6-0 after fending off a ferocious first half Trojan ground game that had the Bruins back on their heels after a scoreless first quarter. Dueling TD's in the second frame had BHHS up by one point 8-7 at halftime in front of a capacity Homecoming crowd at Elmer Bankus Field Friday.
The game wasn't supposed to be close. At least not on paper anyway. The Bruins were off to their best start in decades at (5-0) while the struggling Winston area team under Head Coach, Silia Polamalu, was the league cellar dweller at (0-5). But with no where to go but up the Trojans kept it interesting throughout. Douglas succeeded at the game Gold Beach wanted to bring earlier in the season, a game where they could own most of the game clock keeping the Bruins offense of the field with a devastating up the gut smash mouth run game. DHS nearly pulled it off leading 19-14 with 9:13 left in the third quarter at one point.
Douglas came out swinging at the games onset marching the ball methodically down the field employing a bruising veer offense alternating between quarterback, Jesse Brecht and Leevi Brown to pack the mail. The strategy worked throughout most of the contest until Brown broke his collar bone and had to leave the contest.
The Bruins were first on the board in the second slot when Bruin quarterback, Logan Holler, handed off to Bradley Conduracki to punch it in from one yard out. The two point conversion good. Douglas drove the ball deep but looked like they would stall out when Polamalu ordered a quick snap on a fourth and ten at the 13 yard line of the Bruins that took the home team by surprise and would have Trojan QB into the end zone with 47 seconds until intermission two plays later to make it 8-7.
In the third quarter, the Trojan's big tailback, Leevi Brown, busted loose a 35 yard sprint to set the table for the Trojans next score, with Brecht once again crashing the goal line after negotiating a 70 yard drive making it 13-8 where the score would stay for the rest of the period. Brown would sustain his season ending injury at the quarters end and would leave the game.
In the fourth quarter action the Bruins caught fire scoring a big momentum shifter when Ethan Hooper threw a touch down strike to Conner Christiensen grabbing the lead back 14-13. Douglas returned fire after Brecht handed off to running back Simone to go back on top 19-14.
After going three and out then kicking off to Douglas and playing a tough red zone defense, the Trojans found themselves pinned back on their own 6 yard line. A high snap at the two resulted in Douglas getting a safety to bring the score to 19-16, Douglas.
An interception would seal DHS's fate along with a Hooper bootleg touchdown score to make it BHHS 24-19. With 3:06 left in the game Christensen would pick off another errant ball to increase the Homecoming lead to 32-19. Not to be outdone Bruin defender, Seth Byrd got a weak pass to go to the bank as well-Brookings 38-19. Douglas would nail down the final score passing into the end zone short, then falling on a fumble to make it a final 38-25 ball game for the Blue and Gold.
Bruins Head Football Coach, Shaun Bavaro, was glad to get the win.
"We weren't up to total strength with a couple of ineligible players out for the game, but I was happy with the adjustments we made after half time to get us back into the game." adding "My guys made some really big defensive plays to keep us in it."
Next up: The Bruins travel to St Mary's of Medford to defend their perfect record. See the full preview in the Wednesday Pilot on newsstands everywhere.