Angold gains 211 yards for Bear River |

Angold gains 211 yards for Bear River

Originally published Sept. 10, 1994.

Maybe the Bear River High football team wasn’t totally scared of Center Friday night. But the Bruins were certainly on the run.

Bear River’s running attack, paced by Russ Angold’s 211 yards and four touchdowns, looked in midseason form as the Bruins crushed the Cougars 35-13 in their season opener at Ramsey Field.

“It’s nice to win our opener against a team like that,” Bear River coach Terry Logue said after his team beat its former Golden Empire League rival at home for the first time. “Angold was awesome, our offensive line was awesome, (quarterback John) Andersen made some key third-down passes, and our kicking game was real solid.”

The Bruins scored on five of their first six drives, dominating time of possession by rolling up 319 yards rushing on 50 carries.

Angold looked to be in top form despite being hampered earlier in the week by pain in his calf muscle.

“It was pretty sore at first, but I practiced on it Wednesday and Thursday,” said Angold. “I’m so stoked about this game. Coach had us expecting a tough one. But that’s the thing about packing a heavy suitcase. If you pick it up hard, it’ll be light.”

“Half of Angold’s runs were on second and third efforts,” said Andersen, who had to pass only seven times. “We like to try one thing, if that works we keep on doing it. If the shoe fits, you wear it. Our running game was working for us tonight. The line did a heck of a job.”

“They beat us off the line virtually every time,” Center coach Bob Eason confirmed. “That was the game.”

Meanwhile, the BR defense kept Center’s power-I option game in check, holding speedy tailback Charles Thomas to 57 yards. In the second half, the Bruins snuffed out the lethal passing of Cougar quarterback Richard Pinola, who threw for 86 yards in the first half, helping Center pull within 21-13 by halftime, but didn’t complete a pass in the second half.

Bear River put the game away after taking the second-half kickoff. Running the ball on all 13 plays of a 76-yard scoring march, the Bruins backed Center against a wall by gobbling up the first 6 1/2 minutes of the third quarter.

Trevor Huiskens ran four times for 41 yards and Angold nine times for 35 yards during the drive. Angold iced it with a two-yard burst up the middle. Jon Morrissey, who was 5-for-5 on extra points, added the PAT for a 28-13 lead.

“The first half was the way I thought the whole game would go,” said Logue.

Bruins tackle Steve Fernandez said the line was able to move Center’s towering linemen at will.

“We really blew them off the line ” that’s the best way I can put it,” he said.

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