The Junior Bruin Midget-Division football team has celebrated seven wins this season along with just one defeat, and this past Saturday they posted a triumphant victory over longtime rival the Junior Hillmen of Placer, 29-6.
Leading the charge for the Bruin Midgets was Austin Bays, who rushed nine times for 186 yards, three touchdowns and led the team with 10 tackles. Helping keep the Junior Hillmen in check was Hunter Lindley with 10 tackles, followed by Justin Kilgore with nine stops. Jake Friedrich also helped seal the win with a late game interception.
While a 7-1 record is impressive in just about anyone’s eyes, it is uniquely impressive considering the Junior Bruin Midget team barely has enough players to take the field each week and narrowly escapes the league forfeit rule, which requires at least 16 able players per team. Twice this season, the Junior Bruins had to wage battle with just 17 players, and unlike most junior football programs that have numerous schools to feed their programs, Bear River just has the one resource in Magnolia Intermediate School.
So if you like good football and want to see the “Mighty few” in action, the Junior Bruins of Bear River will take their act on the road this Saturday and face the 7-1, Junior Miner Midgets team at Hooper Stadium in Grass Valley. This game will end the regular season for both teams, but the victor will be slated as the No. 1 seed for postseason play in the North Division of the Sierra Valley Youth Football League.
Bear River’s only loss this season came at the hands of Del Campo (5-3), 32-16, Sept. 28. Nevada Union’s only loss this season came against Roseville (5-3), 42-12, Sept. 7.
The game kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday in what will surely be a highly competitive contest between the cross county rivals.