Bruins earn shot at second-straight PVL prize
El Dorado’s defense was exploited again Friday night at Ramsey Stadium,
while Bear River’s defense became the best in the league.
Bear River overpowered the Cougars in the second half to win 27-7, after
heading to halftime in a 7-7 tie.
Matt Belnap scored on an 18-yard run late in the third quarter, and in the
fourth quarter quarterback C.J. Crausby ran one in from a yard out and hit
Axel Wadman for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Crausby finished with two rushing touchdowns during a night in which he
ran 28 times for 123 yards. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 93 yards.
“We realized we were playing down, and we just came together,” Crausby
The only points the Cougars scored caught the Bruins off guard.
Twenty-two seconds before halftime, on a fourth-and-23 from Bear River’s
43-yard line, El Dorado quarterback Jared Gavard hurled a pass down the
right sideline to a diving Collin Williams, who landed just inside the
“I’m happy with the final score,” Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue
said. “But I’m not happy with how they got their points.”
That was the only flaw Logue mentioned in the win, one week after the
Bruins (7-2 overall, 5-0 Pioneer Valley League) clinched a playoff berth
by winning at Lincoln.
By beating El Dorado (4-5 overall, 2-4 PVL), Bear River put itself in
position to win the PVL for the second year in a row. A win in next week’s
regular-season finale at Colfax (9-0 overall, 5-0 PVL) would give the
Bruins the league title.
Last season, Bear River, Colfax and Oakmont finished in a three-way tie
for the championship.
“It’s going to take a spectacular game on our part,” Crausby said of the
The Falcons hold a five-game winning streak against the Bruins. In 2000,
Bear River won 21-7.
Colfax beat Lincoln 51-28 on Friday, but by allowing 28 points the Falcons
became the second-best defense in the league.
The Bruins have given up 88 points this season, while Colfax has now given up 99. El Dorado entered the game with a league-worst 200 points allowed.
In the home win, Belnap again led Bear River’s defense, as he racked up 19
solo tackles and four assists.
Logue said the turning point of the game came in the third quarter, when
Wadman intercepted Gavard’s pass at Bear River’s 27-yard line and took it
12 yards to the 39. The interception ended a 40-yard drive by the Cougars.
Gavard finished 14-of-29 for 135 yards and two picks. On El Dorado’s
second play of its possession to start the fourth quarter, Mitchell
Militano intercepted Gavard at midfield.
Wide receiver Lars Nielsen made a pair of key grabs for the Bruins, as he
finished with two catches for 49 yards.
Duane Zauner won his 150th game Friday, and the Bruins (7-3 overall, 4-1
Pioneer Valley League) have a shot at the PVL championship.
Because Whitney beat Placer 9-7 on Friday, Bear River can earn a tie for
the PVL crown by beating Colfax next week.
Zauner, who is the only coach Bear River’s JV program has seen in its
21-year existence, holds a 150-57-2 record.
Chris Parfitt ran for a pair of touchdowns against the Cougars, and Jason
Varni ran 35 yards for another.
Chad Quirarte had an interception for the Bruins, in addition to catching
a 2-point conversion from quarterback Tanner Mathias.
The win was Bear River’s third-straight shutout, and fourth this season.
Johnny Jewett ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins
improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley League.
Quarterback Brian Pedro ran 45 yards for a touchdown, in addition to
rushing touchdowns by Brandon Fry and Cole White.
With only next week’s game at Colfax remaining, Bear River has outscored
its opponents 310-6 this season.
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Bruins 27, Cougars 7
El Dorado (4-5) 0 7 0 0 ” 7
Bear River (7-2) 0 7 7 13 ” 27
BR ” C.J. Crausby 5 run, Jared Murnan kick (6:02).
ED ” Jared Gavard 43 pass to Collin Williams, Andi Darr kick (:22).
BR ” Matt Belnap 18 run, Jared Murnan kick (:05).
BR ” C.J. Crausby 1 run, run failed (9:43).
BR ” C.J. Crausby 18 pass to Axel Wadman, Jared Murnan kick (3:32).
First downs 10 14
Total Net Yards 199 302
Rushes-yards 24-64 51-209
Passing 135 93
Comp-Att-Int 14-29-2 6-12-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-43 4-35
RUSHING ” El Dorado, Michael Reed 13-42, Collin Williams 1-20, Jon Paul
Turner 7-17, Jared Gavard 3-(minus 15). Bear River, C.J. Crausby 28-123
and 2 TDs, Matt Belnap 9-38, Andy Parquette 8-30, Gary Schmidt 4-10, David
PASSING ” Jared Gavard 14-29-2 for 135 yards and 1 TD. Bear River, C.J.
Crausby 6-12-0 for 93 yards and 1 TD.
RECEIVING ” Collin Williams 5-70 and 1 TD, Max McAfee 4-20, Michael Reed
1-15, Jon Paul Turner 1-15, W. Michael Turner 1-8, Taylor Smith 1-5,
Trevor Peterson 1-2. Bear River, Axel Wadman 3-44 and 1 TD, Lars Nielsen
2-49, Matt Belnap 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS ” El Dorado, Andi Darr 1. Bear River, none.
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