Bear River football schedule
5-6 overall, 4-2 Capital Valley Conference
BR leads 12-6
9/12/03 (BR won 31-14)
Center lost three right out of the gate in 2003, but won four of its next six, including a 21-14 victory at Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) in Week Four, to earn a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division III playoffs.
The Cougars fell 36-12 to eventual section champ Colfax in the first round.
2-6-2, 1-4-1 Sierra Foothill
BR leads 8-0
9/19/03 (BR won 29-6)
Woodcreek opened 2003 on a bright note with a 35-12 shellacking of perennial Division II-power Casa Roble (Orangevale), but posted four losses and two ties in its following six contests to fall out of playoff contention.
Directions: Take Interstate 80 to Highway 65 toward Lincoln. Turn left at Washington Boulevard, then right on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Head west to Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard. Turn left. The school is on the left.
Pleasant Valley (Chico)
5-6, 2-3 Eastern Athletic League
Northern Section semifinalist
Pleasant Valley, a traditional CIF Northern Section power, had an up-and-down 2003.
Despite losing by 20+ points to both Red Bluff and Enterprise (Redding), the Vikings earned a spot in the section playoffs. Pleasant Valley crushed Foothill (Palo Cedro) 35-13 in the first round, but were eliminated in the semis by Enterprise, 12-7.
Directions: Take Highway 99 north to Chico. Exit Cohasset Road. Turn left. Cohasset Road becomes Mangrove Avenue. Turn right at E. 7th Street, left at Palm Avenue, then right on E. 6th Street. The school is on the right
7-4, 4-2 Pioneer Valley League
Sac-Joaquin Section playoff qualifier
Tied for Second
BR leads 5-1
11/14/03 (BR won 25-0)
Oakmont, along with Bear River and Mesa Verde, finished the regular season tied for second in Pioneer Valley League play at 4-2.
The Vikings and Bruins came out on the right side of a tiebreaking coin toss and headed off into the postseason. Oakmont’s stay was short-lived though, as it was beaten by Oakdale 42-20 in the first round.
McBean Park (Lincoln)
(5-5, 3-3 PVL)
BR leads 10-2
10/03/03 (BR won 41-7)
Lincoln fans had some reason to be optimistic three weeks into last season as the Zebras had won two of three, including a 45-12 victory over San Juan (Citrus Heights).
Those good feelings went right out of the window as the team lost three straight to open PVL play and fall from playoff contention.
Directions: Take Interstate 80 to Highway 65. Head north to Lincoln. Turn right on McBean Park Drive. The park is on the right.
Mira Loma* (Sacramento)
(1-9, 0-6 PVL)
BR leads 2-0
10/10/03 (BR won 41-7)
Mira Loma rebounded from a winless 2002 campaign with a 9-0 season opening win over Encina (Sacramento) last year.
The Matadors were then outscored 317-39 over their next nine games en route to a last-place finish in league.
West Campus* (Sacramento)
(4-6, 1-5 PVL)
BR leads 2-0
10/18/03 (BR won 47-8)
The Warriors proved they could put pints on the board with four 30+ point games, highlighted by 38 points in a one-point loss to eventual playoff team Oakmont.
Mesa Verde* (Citrus Heights)
(6-4, 4-2 PVL)
Tied for second
BR leads 3-1
10/24/03 (MV won 17-14)
Mesa Verde held it playoff destiny in its hands after starting league play with four-straight wins.
The Mavericks dropped consecutive games to Oakmont and Colfax to end the season in a three-way tie for second place.
Mesa Verde was the odd team out at the tie-breaking coin toss and missed the playoffs
9-3, 5-1 CVC
Sac-Joaquin Section runner up
Erase a pair of losses to eventual section champ Colfax ” once in the regular season and another in the section final ” and that helps paint a picture on how successful Rio Linda was last season.
The Knights’ other loss was to two-time defending CVC champion Foothill (Sacramento).
12-1, 5-1 PVL
Sac-Joaquin Section champion
11/7/03 (Colfax won 21-0)
Colfax has had Bear River’s number over the past three seasons.
In that span, the Falcons have taken three straight ” including two at J.David Ramsey Stadium.
Bear River’s last win over Colfax was in 2000.
* denotes league game
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