Bear River shocks Div. II Oak Ridge, 24-6
EL DORADO HILLS ” It was a matchup between the Bruins and the Trojans ” not the Division I college rivals from Southern California, but Bear River High and Oak Ridge.
If either prep team resembled a college power Friday night, it was Bear River. The Bruins’ racked up 339 yards of total offense ” 254 on the ground ” and defeated Oak Ridge 24-6.
Bear River coach Terry Logue said the victory over the Division II school was a big stepping stone for his team.
“Before tonight, we hadn’t beaten a Division II powerhouse,” Logue said. “We’ve been so close to it, but tonight we did it. This is just a very special win for us.”
After forcing the Trojans to punt on their first possession, the Bruins went to work establishing their running game. Russ Angold, who finished with 170 yards on 30 carries, ran the ball three straight times for 24 yards.
Then, with Oak Ridge keying on the run BR quarterback John Andersen shocked Oak Ridge with a 37-yard, play-action touchdown pass to Christian Masegian.
For the remainder of the half, Angold was the workhorse. The senior running back carried the ball eight times in a 16-play drive in the second quarter. He scored a 1-yard touchdown to finish the drive.
“I just use whatever I think is working,” Logue said. “If he’s gaining yardage, I don’t care how many times a runner carries the ball. The way Angold was running, I’d have to be crazy not to give him the ball.”
Oak Ridge coach Mark Watson said his team keyed on Angold, but he laughed at the results.
“They were blocking and he was running,” he said. “They have such a good mix on that team. Andersen can throw that 25-yard out that no other high school quarterback can throw. I thought they played awfully well.”
The Bear River defense held the Trojans scoreless for the first three quarters, giving up only 51 yards rushing. All-Sierra Foothill League running back Chris Johnson was held to 37 yards on eight carries ” and he got 29 of those yards on his last carry.
“It was an excellent team game,” Logue said. “The special teams were awesome, and our defense didn’t give up near the goal line.
“We can celebrate for two days and then we have to think about the (Golden Sierra) Grizzlies.”
Jon Morrissey gave the Bruins a 10-0 lead with a 44-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The Bruins finished their scoring in the fourth quarter when Trevor Huiskens capped a 12-play, 59-yard drive with a 3-yard run up the middle.
Huiskens finished with 34 yards on five carries.
Andersen completed seven of 10 passes for 86 yards and no interceptions.
Bear River 7 10 0 7 ” 24
Oak Ridge 0 0 0 6 ” 6
BR ” John Andersen 37 pass to Christian Masegian (Jon Morrissey kick)
BR ” Morrissey 44 field goal
BR ” Russ Angold 1 run (Morrissey kick)
BR ” Trevor Huiskens 3 run (Morrissey kick)
OR ” Jon Hoop 6 pass to Zack Stutz (run failed)
Total offense 339 236
First downs 20 8
Rushes-yards 48-254 16-51
Passing 86 185
Compt-Att-Int 7-10-0 14-24-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-35 3-15
Rushing ” Bear River, Angold 30-170, Bill Wright 9-34, Huiskens 5-34, Justin Marshall 4-16,. Oak Ridge, Chris Johnson 8-37, Randy Westphal 6-28, Hoop 2-(-14).
Passing ” Bear River, Andersen 7-10-0 86. Oak Ridge, Hoop 14-24-1 185.
Receiving ” Bear River, Masegian 2-51, Angold 2-1, Chris Silvera 2-29, Morrissey 1-5. Oak Ridge, Johnson 2-12, Strutz 6-87, Matt Hendrickson 4-52, Wade Barnes 2-34.
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