The Bear River Jr. Bruins Jr. Midget squad took on the Lincoln Zebras Saturday night at Oakmont High School in the first round of the SVUSA North division playoffs.
The Bruins started the scoring in the first quarter on a 12-yard pass from Calder Kundee to Clayton Anderson. The two-point conversion was good, and the Bruins had an 8-0 lead.
The Bruins defense shut the Zebras offense down in the first half, and with two minutes left in the second quarter, it was Kundee finding Josiah Cregar in the corner of the end zone for another 12-yard touchdown pass.
The Bruins took a 14-0 lead into the half, but the Zebras’ offense would come out ready to play, and with only two minutes gone in the second half, the Zebras would score on a 20-yard touchdown run, making the score 14-6. The game would go back and forth until late in the fourth quarter when a Lincoln running back got loose for an 84-yard touchdown run.
A blocked extra-point attempt would keep the Jr. Bruins in the lead 14-12 with five minutes remaining. The Jr. Bruins were forced to punt four plays later, and with all 11 Zebras charging in for the block, Bruins punter Daniel Tantum got off a 45-yard punt pinning the Zebras deep in their own territory with two minutes left in the game. The Zebras got the ball up to midfield, but it was the Bruins defense that stopped the charging Zebras 1 yard short with 23 seconds left to seal the victory. The Bruins will now move on to face the Del Campo Cougars in the second round of the SVUSA North division playoffs Saturday at Del Campo High School.
The Bear River Jr. Pee Wee’s also got a round-one playoff win, defeating Placer 19-7.
The Jr. Pee Wees were led by Tyler Dzioba’s three touchdowns, made possible by strong offensive line play, said head coach Jim Bamburg. Bear River quarterback Daniel Bamburg did a good job of running the offense, and Landon West provided a strong second offensive threat opposite of Dzioba.
The Jr. Bruins’ defense was impressive, allowing just seven points, and was led by Braden Fowler and Nathan Wilson.
The Jr. Bruins (5-5) will now take on No. 1 seed Capitol Christian (8-1) at 9 a.m. Saturday at Del Campo High School.
The Bear River Midget squad (8-1) had a round-one bye to go with its No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 seed Placer (5-5) Saturday.
Miners gear up playoffs
The Nevada Union Jr. Miners have had a week off and are ready to get their postseason run started. The NU Jr. Pee Wees (6-3) and Midgets (7-2) advanced to the playoffs for the Jr. Miners this season, both earning high seeds and a bye week.
The Midget squad enters the playoffs as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Del Campo (6-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Del Campo High School. Del Campo beat No. 6 seed Oakmont, 36-0, in round one to advance to Saturday’s contest. NU and Del Campo squared off in week two of the season with the Jr. Miners winning handily 32-14.
The Jr. Pee Wee team is a No. 2 seed and will take on No. 3 seed Lincoln (6-3) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln High School.
The first time NU and Lincoln met up was Week Six in the pouring rain. The Jr. Miners won that contest 25-0.