“The whole team will remember this game forever,” said Bear River running back and linebacker Cody Heard after the Bruins took down their league rival Colfax, 24-14, Friday.
The Bruins were forced to answer the call early after giving up a quick 62-yard touchdown run to the Falcons’ star running back Tim Rawlins on the second play of the opening drive.
The next play from scrimmage, the Bruins’ quarterback Dillon Smith completed an 80-yard bomb to wide receiver Tevyn Kimble to knot the game 7-7.
Bear River never really developed its running game, only gaining 52 yards on 36 carries for the game. However, Smith gave the Bruins plenty of yards through the air, completing 15-of-32 passes for 243 yards. Kimble exploded on the night with eight catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Yet, it was the Bear River defense that stood out. Heard recorded nine solo tackles and recovered two fumbles, one of which he took 40 yards into the end zone.
Kimble also recovered a fumble and had five tackles. Zach Winter added another five solo tackles. Austin Dowling had a 1-yard interception return for a touchdown, which was induced by the tremendous pressure of Jake Savoie on Falcons quarterback Michael Wilson.
Wilson had his moments and did manage to drive the Falcons down the field several times, but the Bruins always stepped it up to keep them out of the end zone. The Bruins’ Michael Raigoza had five tackles and two interceptions that paralyzed the Falcons momentum.
“I’m on cloud nine,” said co-head coach Terry Logue. “We persevered, adapted and overcame.”
In the second half, the game slowed down, and it was an offensive struggle for both teams. Blake Nielsen’s 35-yard field goal broke the scoreless drought and gave the Bruins a two-score advantage, which proved to be all they needed.
It was an all-around stellar defensive performance, said Heard.
“Our protection was absolutely outstanding,” said co-head coach Scott Savoie. “It was a total team effort, making plays. The goal-line stand was huge. This team is resilient.”
The Bruins are now 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pioneer Valley League play with Placer on the schedule for Friday.
JV: Bear River 35 Colfax 7
The Bruins improved to 4-1-1 on the season by knocking off Colfax, 35-7.
Quarterback Austin Smith threw 6-of-6 passing for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown and had an interception on defense.
Running back Kyle Krogman ran for 65 yards, including a 48-yarder that went for a touchdown. Kyle Uclaray added another 51 yards on his 21 carries. Krogmann and Connor Hollister led the defense with five tackles each.
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