The Brookings-Harbor Bruin Football Team notched it's second win of the season by defeating the Bandon Tigers at the Cranberry Bowl in Bandon 28-14 in front of a capacity crowd.
The Bruins looked like they would steal the Tigers stripes early on in the first quarter when Bandon went three and out slicing a punt short to place BHHS on the BHS 14 yard line resulting in Mannie Zamora ambling into pay dirt untouched. That would be the only score in the first quarter and after the PAT it was Brookings on top 7-0.
Second quarter action found the Bruins in penalty trouble, their momentum ground to a halt, after three hefty infractions- two holding and one face masking penalties quashed their drives and ultimately set the stage for the Tigers to rebound and tie up the game 7-7 going into the locker at half time when Bandon's Wyatt Dyer scooted into the end zone with 8:28 left on the clock.
After some half time adjustments Bruins Head Football Coach, Shaun Bavaro, said his team was ready to play.
"Bandon is a very tough, focused, ball club and we had to change it up a bit and stop with the self inflicted wounds. The penalties were absolutely killing us with in the second period."
And change it up Brooking did.
In the third frame the Bruin's got there freak on hanging three touchdowns for 21 points on the bewildered Tigers. Senior quarterback, Ethan Hooper, got the party going after Peyton Armentrout took a kickoff on the fly down to the Tiger's 41 yard line. Then Hooper and Zamora took turns banging the ball down to the 5 yard marker where Hooper sealed the deal by roping the ball across the grain on a roll out pass to his wide receiver, Brogan Rodne. to put BHHS up 14-7. Then, after a key blocked Bandon punt by Logan Holler, the Bruins found themselves knocking on the door of another score. Armentrout obliged crashing the middle for a 3 yard score. Score? Brookings 21- Bandon 7. With a mere :41 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, the Bruins took back the ball at the Tigers 47 yard stripe after Bandon's drive sputtered. With time running out Hooper connected with Jason Deshon on a big pass play to set the table for another Zamora TD. At the end of three it was Brookings 28-Bandon 7.
In the final frame Brookings sleep walked briefly back into foul trouble stalling out two drives, but Bandon would get another score after the Bruins lost the handle on the ball and fumbled it away to their hosts. The Tigers roared one last time on a 57 yard gallop earning BHS the games final tally with a scant 1:13 remaining. The final: Brookings 28- Bandon 14.
Bavaro was happy overall despite the penalty trouble.
"We(Brookings-Harbor) are showing good energy. The kids are making good strides every week. If we can eliminate some of the miscues that we saw tonight we will continue to improve."
With the victory Brookings-Harbor improves to (2-0) while Bandon drops to (0-2) Next up: The Bruins will be back home at Elmer Bankus Field to host Rogue River Friday at 7 p.m.