Ready To Roll

The Bruins are working on key game plays to be ready for Lakeview on Friday.

The Bruins, at 3-0, are off to one of their best starts in recent years after handily beating Rogue River 42-18 last week. 

Brookings-Harbor High School is tied atop the 3A Special District South with Cascade Christian and 4A Hidden Valley.

So far, so good.

Now, Brookings takes to the road for a Saturday 1 p.m. match-up with the Klamath Falls-area Lakeview Honkers of 2A Special District 5.

The game will be the Blue and Gold's last preseason outing before regular-season play begins Oct. 4 at host South Umpqua.

Brookings continues to bring a balanced run-and-pass offense to the table. With plenty of depth at skilled positions, an argument can be made that coach Shaun Bavaro's Bruins are maturing into a team to be reckoned with.

Three games in, there are some interesting takeaways. First, the Bruins tend to slow walk the first half. A touchdown here, a touchdown there. Then, after halftime ... Pow!

With only the exception of its 54-6 drubbing of Gold Beach, where the scoring came early and often, Brookings has waited until the last half of the game to do the most damage.

That’s what the Bruins did last week in their 42-18 triumph over Rogue River. The hammer came down four times in the final quarter.

Some may claim that 3A Brookings’ stellar record is a result of “punching below its weight” by playing only 2A schools in preseason. They could point to the pre-season loss last year to 4A Del Norte, 0-35.

Others might say a maturing squad with lots of depth and a relentless attack are making the difference this time around. 

Lakeview, meantime, is 0-3 on the year with losses to Rogue River 8-24, 3A Burns 0-18, and 3A Nyssa 8-42. On paper, that bodes well for Bruins fans - the comparison game being Rogue River and the big spread between how much Lakeview lost to a team the Bruins beat by 24 points.

That said, Brookings barely slid by the Honkers last year, 21-20.

Randy Robbins has been covering Curry County sports on radio and print for more than 20 years. Catch his instant recaps following the Brookings football games online at


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