Blue and gold will be on display in a big way this Friday as the Brookings-Harbor High School football team returns home to Elmer Bankus Field after two road-game victories.
The Bruins are seeing one of their best seasons unfolding right now, going back to 1994. Brookings is tied with Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass for first place in the 3A Special District-South.
Nothing gets homecoming juices flowing like a 5-0 season. Coach Shaun Bavaro and company would like to make that six, in front of the Bruin students and alums, against Douglas High School.
The Winston school, under 14-year coach Silia Polamalu, is trying to get out from under the heap. The Trojans are 0-5, their closest game a 22-42 loss to La Pine High School on Sept. 6.
Last week, against South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek, Brookings found itself down 14-0 before rallying in the second half to beat the Lancers 35-14.
The Bruins have found a good mix of run and gun to keep opposing defenses guessing, and defensively have been flying to the ball. Bavaro told The Pilot after the game that he "was proud of the way my kids responded and didn't give up" last Friday night.
That’s good for his squad to keep in mind, because after Douglas the effort for the Bruins to stay on top will be even greater. The “big three” in league play are coming up: St. Mary's, Cascade Christian and Hidden Valley.
But for now, Brookings should be able to enjoy a happy homecoming.