The St. Marys Crusaders of Medford controlled both sides of the line defensively and offensively to post a relatively close 14-3 win and hand the Brookings-Harbor Bruin football team their first loss of the season on a rainy evening in front of an appreciative homecoming crowd.
The Bruins stacked up well against the talented private school, both physically and in terms of talent, but in the final analysis while the Curry County contingent made several forays deep into Crusader territory, getting close to the red zone at least twice, they were unable to penetrate the end zone. BHHS lone score came on a 27 yard field goal midway through the second quarter that blasted the uprights saving the Bruins from a shut out. Another field goal attempt in the 3rd frame sailed wide from 30 yards out.
St. Mary's scores came early on when sophomore quarterback, Cayden Aldrich, floated a high pass for a touchdown from the their own 30 into pay dirt with less then 24 seconds left in the first quarter. The PAT was good making it 7-0 to start the second quarter.
Later, with 9:10 left in the first half, the Crusaders busted loose a stunning 82 yard romp on a reverse that caught the Bruins taking the bait on the fake to make it 14-0 before the Bruins scored the aforementioned field goal.
That would be the sum of the scoring as both teams would be held scoreless in the second half.
The Bruins had many good moments and made the game better than the final score indicated showcasing why the Brookings squad was previously undefeated going into the game. Jason Deshon grabbed a Crusader error ball from out of the air at the 29 yard line effectively stifling one St. Mary's drive. Junior, Oggie Badger, booted several deep punts to keep the homecoming team pinned back behind the 10 yard line. BHHS also recovered a Crusader fumble at the St. Mary's 40 thus cancelling out another drive, and Connor Christensen pulled down another interception in the fourth quarter to keep it interesting.
BHHS Head Football Coach Shaun Bavaro acknowledged his teams efforts this way.
"The kids fought all four quarters and never gave in, never gave up. We just have to continue to get better. Even though we didn't win and had a hard time getting into the end zone tonight I was very pleased with what I was seeing."
Bavaro acknowledged that the Bruins need to win one of the next two games in order to be in the hunt for a play off position. Next up: Cascade Christian at home.