The 2019 Brookings-Harbor High School football team remains on a roll.
After topping their first four opponents - Gold Beach (54-6), Bandon (28-14), Rogue River (42-18) and Lakeview (38-15) - the Bruins are off to the program’s best start since 1994, under second-year coach Shaun Bavaro.
This Friday, the rubber literally hits the road. The Bruins are away once again, this time to South Umpqua, after a making a successful 12-hour round trip last Saturday to Lakeview.
And they’ll be traveling for Brookings’ first regular-season game in the 3A Special District-South.
Bavaro said the game at South Umpqua will be fraught with potential peril. "Since coach (Steve) Stebbins has been at SU, he always has had his guys ready to play.
Among Bavaro’s assessments of the Lancers’ strengths: "SU will be very multiple on offense and operate out of the (shot)gun. They do a nice job of mixing their formations, and using shifts and formations as well, and they have a nice set of skill players on offense."
What about their defense?
"They like to play with four down linemen, where they really put the responsibilities on the linebackers. Their linebackers play very well and react fast to what the (opposing) offense is doing."
South Umpqua comes into Friday’s game with a somewhat misleading 1-3 record, having played against some high-caliber ballclubs. Their lone win came against Yreka 45-21, before losses to perennial powerhouse Dayton 21-35, a double-overtime 0-3 heartbreaker to Corbett, and a loss last week to a feisty Sutherlin team 21-66.
The Bruins, for their part, sport considerable depth at the skill positions. On the run, Mannie Zamora has shaken off an early-season injury to become a battering-ram running back, Derek Tuttle and Jason Deshon are twin wideouts stinging opposing defenses in the end zone, and quarterbacks Ethan Hooper and Logan Holler are smart defense readers.
Has Bavaro come up with a starting quarterback yet for the regular season? The Brookings-Harbor coach said he isn't in any hurry to pick just one. "No decision on a full-time starter,” he said.
“Both Hooper and Hollergive us an advantage that every team we play must prepare for, two unique QBs that can get it done both with the run and the pass."
Game time is 7 p.m.in Myrtle Creek.
Randy Robbins has been covering Curry County sports on radio and in print for more than 20 years. Catch his Bruins’ instant recaps online following the games at www.currypilot.com.