On a crisp Friday the 13th evening at J. David Ramsey Field, it was Bear River backed by Bruin Nation making a statement that luck had nothing to do with the 35-7 stomping it unleashed on the Woodland Wolves.
If anything, it was the Wolves who were simply unlucky for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bruins senior quarterback Braden Duncan absolutely torched the Woodland secondary and hooked up with Kris Edie for his first career high school touchdown pass. And again, the dynamic duo in the backfield of Brad Botsford and Caleb Johnson proved to be overwhelming at times as they had the Wolves panting on defense.
“I felt confident,” said Duncan after his dominant 7-of-8 passing performance for 144 yards and two touchdowns. “I was feeling good and ready to go. That was my first TD pass in the corner. It was just a fade outside, and Edie got open. I threw, and he went and got it.”
The score was set up thanks to an interception by Michael Tipton which gave the Bruins possession at the Wolves’ 15-yard line. After two plays for negative yards, Duncan faced a third-and-12, took the snap and rolled out to his left, where he found Edie at the front pylon for the score to give Bear River a 7-0 lead. It was the first of 35 unanswered points to come.
“Ah, man, unbelievable,” said Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie referring to one of his quarterback’s connections with Edie. “That Fire-28 bootleg pass in the second quarter on our drive was just unbelievable. (Duncan) is a good kid. It’s nice to see good things happen when you work hard.”
Duncan certainly had the help and support of his teammates. Edie hauled in four catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. In the department of rushing, it was Botsford and Johnson both eclipsing the 100-yard mark and scoring a touchdown. Botsford had 14 carries for 100 yards, and Johnson had just 11 touches for 101 yards. The fans certainly had plenty to cheer about.
“It’s a great feeling,” added Duncan. “We have super fans. It felt great coming down the hill.”
The Bruins’ second score came from Botsford who broke free for 55 yards and took it to the house. He would also snatch an interception. After forcing Woodland to punt on its following possession, Bear River marched 85 yards in five plays and scored on Johnson’s 28-yard sprint to go up 21-0.
David Chorjel recovered a fumble as the Wolves continued to stub their toes and again Bear River made them pay as it went 44 yards in five plays and capped off the drive with a 31-yard pass from Duncan to Johnson to push the lead to 28-0 right before the half.
“Our first unit of defense played very well,” said Bruins co-head coach Terry Logue. “(Woodland) had the size and speed, but Duncan and Edie were clicking. We worked on man to man this week and it paid off. It was a good effort on offense, defense and special teams.”
John Voter capped off the scoring with 2-yard plunge in the third quarter as he filled in for Duncan the rest of the way.
Bear River senior Jason Lunsford sent the Wolves home on a sour note as he dashed any hopes of a last-second Hail Mary with a solid bone-crunching sack to end the game. Defensively, Chorjel played a vital role in the victory for the Bruins wrapping up six tackles and recovering a fumble. Kyle Krogman, Cannon Fetter and Hunter Cramer each contributed four tackles.
Woodland finished the game with a late touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Flores to Fellows to take its goose egg off the board. For the game, the Wolves rushed 37 times for 175 yards, and Flores was 3-of-12 passing for 23 yards with an interception.
The Bruins (2-0) hit the road next week to battle Highlands.
JV: Bear River 25, Woodland 6
The Bear River junior varsity squad also sent the Wolves home with a loss after another outstanding performance by sophomore captain and running back Kyle Uclaray who finished with 13 carries for 85 yards and a score in the 25-6 beat down.
Uclaray added two two-point conversions and David Mastrella also racked up 43 yards on seven rushes and a touchdown for the Bruin offense. Quarterback Jason Voter was 4-of-10 passing for 85 yards, which included a 57-yard bomb for a touchdown to Dallas Penn. David O’Brien had four receptions for 22 yards.
Defensively Bear River was in shutdown mode almost the entire game until Woodland finally scored in the fourth quarter.
The Bruin pass rush forced a holding call in the end zone for a safety. Gunnar Simpson wrapped up two sacks. Conner Hollister and RJ Rogers each contributed a team-high six solo tackles. Voter also hauled in an interception in the fourth to all but seal the game.
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