With the 2013 high school football season quickly approaching, The Union decided to catch up with Bear River football’s co-head coaches Terry Logue and Scott Savoie for a Q-and-A session.
The Union: Best memory coaching at Bear River?
Savoie: Section Championship in 1994 versus Golden Sierra in double-overtime. That’s as good as it gets.
Logue: Well if he took that one, then I’d have to go with tying Del Oro for the SFL title in 1997. It’s tough to narrow it down. The ’94 Section Championship was 3-0 at UOP. It was a mud bowl.
The Union: Coach you admire the most and why?
Logue: My old high school coach got me into coaching. Art Guerra in 1973 always had a special place in my heart. There’s a lot of coaches you respect and admire, but I owe it to him.
Savoie: At Cal Lutheran my offensive line coach, Fred Kemp. Part of what I do and who I am is owed to him. He made our offensive line a tight cohesive club and did special things to promote teamwork. Lou Holtz is another one that also makes you get up and ready.
The Union: Most anticipated game on schedule and why?
Savoie: They’re all important. You’re only guaranteed 10 games, so every game is one-tenth of your season. Even if you win your rivalry game, it doesn’t mean anything if you lose the others.
Logue: The first game is usually critical to getting off to a good start. It doesn’t matter if you lose by one or win by 100. Every one is critical.
The Union: What makes the Pioneer Valley League unique?
Savoie: For the most part since 1994, it’s been teams I’ve played forever. It’s something we’ve always done — lots of years playing those teams — old rivalries. It’s a real tough league, week in and week out, top to bottom.
Logue: It’s kind of like the Golden Empire League. We’re close to neighbors. It’s gotten a lot tougher with Center, Lincoln, and now Foothill has a new coach. We have two natural rivals 10 miles away.
The Union: How will you define success for Bear River football 2013?
Logue: Hard to put a number on it. There’s teams that have gone 7-3 and played above their ability and those that have played below. This team is going to work really hard. If we get them to be their best they could possibly be, that’s what we’re after.
Savoie: It comes down to buy in. Can we get 37-38 guys to buy in to what we’re trying to do? That’s what it boils down to. The hardest thing is to get that amount of guys swimming in the same direction. Individualism doesn’t work in football.
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