Bruin defense leads the way in 16-0 shutout
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE ” How tough is this Bear River High football team?
So tough Bruins head coach Terry Logue was begging Vanden to see what the Bruins were made of.
Logue got his wish Friday night, when the Vikings drove inside the Bruins’ 20-yard line three times but didn’t score as Bear River cruised to a 16-0 nonleague win at George A. Gammons Field.
“I was hoping they would force us into a goal-line stand because I wanted to see how good our defense is in that situation,” Logue said. “And we came through every time”
Vanden took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 17 plays to the Bear River 10-yard line. Cornerback Billy Wright stopped the drive by batting away a pass on fourth down.
With four minutes to play in the half, Russ Angold gave the Bruins (2-0) all the points they would need when he carried in from the 2. The PAT sailed wide and the Bruins led, 6-0.
Vanden marched back on its next possession, driving to the Bruins’ 14-yard line. Jon Morrissey and Dustin Smith came up with back-to-back sacks of quarterback Chris Jessop, however, to give the Bruins the ball back on downs.
Morrissey kicked a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half for a 9-0 Bear River lead.
Justin Marshall led an opportunistic Bear River defense that forced several Vanden errors in the second half. Marshall recovered three fumbles for Bear River in the final two quarters. His second recovery set up Angold’s second TD on a 1-yard run with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
An interception by Christian Masegian an another fumble recovery by Marshall killed the Viking hopes of a comeback.
In the fourth quarter, Vanden (1-1) advanced to the BR 17, but strong pressure by Pat Rigler, Smith and Morrissey preserved the shutout.
“Bear River’s line dominated us up front. They just beat us off the line,” Vanden coach Rich Woods said. “They really did a good job of stopping us from establishing an inside game. They chased us.”
Sophomore Maurice Jones led all rushers with 102 yards and Jessop passed for 102 as the Vikings outgained the Bruins 231-205 in total offense. Angold led BR with 100 yards on the ground and Andersen threw for 94.
The Bruins will try to erase five years of disappointment against Division II programs when they visit powerful Oak Ridge in El Dorado Hills next Friday.
BR 0 9 7 0 ” 16
Vanden 0 0 0 0 ” 0
BR ” Russ Angold 2 run (kick failed)
BR ” Jon Morrissey 22 field goal
BR ” Angold 1 run (Morrissey kick)
Total offense 205 231
First downs 14 14
Rushes-yards 33-111 38-129
Passing 94 102
Comp-Att-Int 4-13-0 7-14-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-3
Penalties-yards 5-55 5-70
RUSHING”Bear River, Angold 25-100, Bill Wright 5-18, Andersen 1-(-7). Vanden, Maurice Jones 12-102, Larry Harris 14-25, Josh Jacobs 5-8, Derrick Grant 4-15, Chris Jessop3-(-21).
PASSING ” Bear River, Andersen 4-13-0-94, Vanden, Jessop 7-14-1-102.
RECEIVING ” Bear River, Christian Masegian 2-76, Trevor Huiskens 2-18,. Vanden, Tim Nepper 5-86, Grant 1-8, Jacobs 1-8.
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