MANATEE -- On Friday night, the Bayshore Bruins didn't play their best game, but they took the loss and turned it into a learning experience heading into summer workouts.
The Bruins found themselves down 28 points behind a dominant rushing attack from the Port Charlotte Pirates early in the first half before losing 38-6.
"My guys showed that they weren't going to quit; we played with a lot of heart tonight," Bayshore head coach Elijah Freeman said. "We just have to play with a sense of urgency from the jump, can't allow ourselves to get down by so much before waking up."
With less than a minute left in the second quarter, Yandy Rocamora caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Zorion Brooks, giving the Bruins some life heading into halftime down 21, but that was the only offensive production they got.
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Bayshore was only able to muster 140 total yards, 77 through the air and 63 on the ground on the night.
"We are looking to have about eight seniors next year, so we will lean on those guys to help us gain a little more consistency on the offensive side of the ball," Freeman said. "I think we got behind and forced the issue a little; we will watch film and get better."
As for the Pirates. they gained 349 yards on 45 carries, 115 of those yards coming in the first quarter, led by Marquell Platt, who scored two touchdowns.
Brennan Norus and Aaron Wertz tallied 75 yards and 42 rushing yards, respectively, for Port Charlotte.
"We just had a lot of unselfish play tonight, wideouts blocking, offensive line being aggressive and running backs hitting the open holes," Port Charlotte head coach Jordan Ingman said. "We got our young guys out there after we built a lead and it allowed them to work out the jitters while preparing for season. You can't simulate this type of action in practice, so it was important for all of our guys to get reps."
Brooks finished with 50 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception while Rocamora finished with 46 rushing yards and one touchdown for the Bruins.
"There is a lot we need to focus on before the fall," Freeman said. "It starts with the coaching staff; we have to prepare our guys better, get them in the weight room because they were more physical than us and we have to grow mentally. It's a learning curve for our guys."