In a game where the score doesn't tell the whole story, the Brookings-Harbor Bruins footballers pulled away from a slim 14-12 lead with a minute left in the 3rd quarter to explode on the Rogue River Chieftains in the final stanza, hanging 4 TD's on the visitors to put the game away and remain undefeated.
Brookings got on the scoreboard first after recovering a RRHS fumble on the Bruins 45 yard line. A pair of costly roughing the passer and late hit penalties placed BHHS deep into Rogue River territory where senior quarterback, Ethan Hooper, sent Payton Armentrout scampering 7 yards into the end zone making it 7-0 after the PAT. It would be the only score that period.
After several three and outs and a couple of close looks by both ball clubs in the second frame a 45 yard rainbow pass from Hooper rolling to his left found Christensen bumping the Bruins up 14-0 with 5:44 on the clock.
BHHS looked like they had another opportunity when Rogue River bobbled away a punt effort at their own 35, but Hooper was intercepted in a crowd a couple of downs later setting the stage for the Chieftains electrifying 63 yard strike from the air to make it 14-6 at the half.
The Bruins offensive unit came out hard early in the 3rd quarter running and gunning the ball to the Rogue River 4 where on 4th down BHHS attempted a field goal but was denied, the Chieftains blocking it, setting the stage for RRHS best drive of the evening. Rogue River would motor the ball from their own 7 yard line to go coast to coast with QB Greg Smith connecting with Adien Canoe to down the ball at the Bruins 8. After two more shots at the goal Canoe would punch the time clock for 6 points but the conversion was foiled by the Bruins making it 14-12 with just under a minute left in the 3rd.
BHHS Head Football Coach, Shaun Bavaro, predicted in comments to the Pilot earlier in the week that Rogue River would be tough.
"They (Rogue River) have good size and some physical players we knew we had better be on our toes with them."
A light switch turned on in the Bruins after the Chieftains refused to get out of the Bruins rear view mirror, just a mere two points away. It was then the home team put on a show at Bankus Field in the 4th quarter. Hooper sent up a coffin corner catch to wide receiver Christensen who wrestled the ball away from a Chieftain defender for a 21-12 advantage. After another blocked punt by the Bruins defense translated into more good times for the Blue and Gold. The next score 4 plays later when Mannie Zamora slammed his 6' 205 lb. body into the goal line from 11 yards out to make it 28-12.
Frustration mounted on the Rogue River side of the action as the team that had been so close now found the game slipping away and a couple of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties had Zamora nabbing another score from the 7 yard line to put the once close game out seemingly out of reach 35-12 with 6:12 left to go. The Bruins enjoyed their final TD when Hooper handed off to Ben Beuhler who popped into pay dirt with 3:40 to go making it 42-12.
Rogue River would get a last second score to make the final 42-18.
With the win Brookings-Harbor remains undefeated 3-0. Next week the Bruins will be on the road to Lakeview. Catch the full preview of that game and comments from Coach Bavaro in the Wednesday Pilot.