By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

The Bruins began the second half of league play on Tuesday against the Coquille/Myrtle Point Red Devils. The Bruins defeated the Devils at a wide 13-0 the first time they met on Sept. 6 and the Devils fared no better during the rematch as the Bruins came out on top with a huge 11-0 win.

This bumps the Bruins to an 8-1 overall record, continuing their 6-0 league winning streak. They’re currently in first place of the OSAA 3A/2A/1A Special District 4, followed by their next opponent, the Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian Lions, in second.

The Bruins scored early into the first half and kept racking up points throughout to go into the second half at 7-0. The Bruins strong defense kept them firmly in possession of the ball and their offense kept the pressure on despite the Bruins cycling in most of their younger and less experienced players from the start.

“You only get fourteen games, so we had kids sit out to let the younger guys get in and put a different squad on the field,” said Bruins coach Jess Beaman said. “They did all the stuff they needed to do and in the end I even pulled out my captains and they did really well.”

The second half was more of the same, with the Bruins scoring early and dictating the pace of the game. Another four points before put the score at 11-0 before the game ended with the Bruins looking at another clean sheet.

Luke Beaman topped the Bruins in goals at five with Rylan Bruce being the next best with two. Jair Valdovinos, Jake Beaman, Aden Carpenter and Roman Worthey rounded out the rest with one goal each. Worthey also led the team in assists with three.

While the game proved to be one-sided as the Bruins quickly established a strong lead, the game was another opportunity to cycle in younger players and practice more of their fundamental skills in a competitive setting.

“We get a lot of teams who bunch up and pack together so we’ve been working getting a lot more movement and quick passes in-game,” Beaman said.

Now that the Bruins have transitioned into the latter end of league play, Beaman has begun focusing on preparing the team for the playoffs.

“It was a strong game, but not a lot of highlights,” said Bruins coach Jess Beman. “We’re really just trying to gear up and get ready to take on (Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian). They’re ranked high so it’ll be nice to go out to their house and take a win to bump us up in the rankings.”

According to Beaman, the Bruins upcoming game against the Lions will be important in deciding how solid of a hold they’ll have over the league at the end of the season. He hopes to keep the Bruin’s record clear of any enemy goals going into state playoffs.

The Bruins travel to Roseburg to play the Lions at Fir Grove Park on Thursday at 4 p.m. After that the Bruins return Tuesday to host Sutherlin at 4 p.m.

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