BRUIN teams advance to semi-finals

Seven-year-old BRUIN John Schaar meets his numerical counterpart, UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis. John and his teammates were special guests of head coach Carl Dorrel at a UCLA team practice last week.

It’s Valley Conference playoff time and only the top eight teams among the 20 clubs in each of the six divisions qualified. Capping a banner year, the Westside BRUINS made the playoffs in three of those divisions. Last Sunday’s opening round saw both the 10-11 year-old Tiny Mite and the 13-14 year-old Midget teams play for convincing victories in the rain. Both advanced to semi-final games that will take place on Sunday.

BRUIN Tiny Mites 7, Wilshire Huskies 0

A muddy field and rain showers severely hampered the BRUINS vaunted running game. Nevertheless, a 75-yard, eight play drive early in the second quarter was all the scoring needed as a tenacious BRUIN defense held Wilshire to under 100 yards total offense and never allowed a first down. The 8-0 Tiny Mites go up against the 7-1 Jefferson Demo’s Sunday.

BRUIN Pee Wees 13,

North Valley Bears 22

In one of their most exciting games of the year, the underdog Pee Wees, hoping to avenge last year’s Championship game loss to the Bears, opened the scoring with an electrifying 70-yard kickoff return to J.P. O’Fallon. The Bears answered with a pair of touchdowns, only to see the BRUINS score again to go ahead 13-12. The Bears gathered momentum late in the third quarter by picking off a Vince Lawrence pass for a touchdown. The “never say die” BRUINS had two promising drives in the forth quarter that were halted by turnovers. Pee Wee running backs Zack Davis, Librado Boracio, Travis Cabral and Jordan Benton combined for more than 250 yards rushing, despite the rainy conditions.

BRUIN Midgets 36,

L.A. Sheriffs Red 6

The top seeded Midgets continued their record setting pace, winning their 19th game in a row, spanning three seasons. Led by quarterback Dex Lucci, the BRUINS had a balanced attack despite the muddy going on the field. Lucci had three touchdowns through the air and two on the ground. Tailback David Saedi accounted for most yardage while receivers Ramon Judkins and Michael Calloway averaged over 30 yards per catch. The Midgets will face Chatsworth Sunday.