Bruins grind out 34-6 win
GARDEN VALLEY ” One of the winning formulas fo rthe Bear River football team is becoming clear.
First, establish a bruising running game that beats defenders to a pulp. Then, to keep them honest, send a rifle-armed quarterback into the pocked to launch a long pass.
The plan worked to perfection Friday night.
The Bruins blasted Golden Sierra 34-6 in their Golden Empire League opener.
As defending GEL champions, the Grizzlies (0-1, 3-1) were billed as one of the top contenders in the league. But the Bruins (1-0, 4-0), with 301 yards total offense, controlled the game from start to finish.
Only for a brief time in the third quarter ” with Bear River leading 14-6 ” did Golden Sierra threaten to make a game of it.
Bruins coach Terry Logue would have no part of it.
On fourth-and-inches at the Bear River 36-yard line, the coach decided to go for it.
“I felt like all of the momentum was going with Golden Sierra at that point, and we had to do something about it,” Logue said. “If you can’t get a few inches, you don’t deserve to win.”
Everyone in the stadium knew who would carry the ball.
Running back Russ Angold (25 carries, 83 yards and three touchdowns) took the handoff from quarterback John Andersen and plunged over left guard for a 2-yard gain and the first down.
The Bruins then completed a 15-play drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown by Angold, to take a 21-6 lead. The drive took more than seven minutes off the clock, and put the game away.
Andersen passed only five times, but completed 80 percent of his attempts. The third-year starter hit Christian Masegian four times for 100 yards, including a 50-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
“We felt like we could do like whatever we wanted on offense,” Andersen said. “But we wanted to establish the run and keep them off the field.”
Golden Sierra coach Terry Cox, whose team averaged 40 points in its first three games, can vouch for that.
“They just overpowered us,” Cox said. “They were a lot more physical than we thought. It was like a hot knife through butter. They were a machine.
“We’ll get better, but Bear River is by far the top team in the league. They taught us a lesson and we’ll learn from it.”
As the Bruins controlled the ball on offense, the defense held the Grizzlies to 153 yards and prevented the big play.
“Our goal was to shut them out, because we knew they scored all those points against the other teams,” said Angold, who batted down a passon a key play in the third quarter while playing linebacker.
“When they kicked the field goals, our next goal was to keep them out of the end zone, so we’re happy about that.”
Bear River 7 7 7 13 ” 34
Golden Sierra 0 3 3 0 ” 6
BR ” Russ Angold 3 run (Jon Morrissey kick)
BR ” John Andersen 50 pass to Christian Masegian (Morrissey kick)
GS ” Eric Friend 33 field goal
GS ” Friend 31 field goal
BR ” Angold 1 run (Morrissey kick)
BR ” Angold 3 run (kick failed)
BR ” Justin Marshall 7 run (Morrissey kick)
Total offense 301 153
First downs 14 7
Rushes-yards 45-201 27-130
Passing 100 23
Comp-Att-Int 4-5-0 2-15-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 6-47 4-30
Rushing ” Bear River, Angold 25-83, Bill Wright 9-61, Trevor Huiskens 5-32, Justin Marshall 3-21, Andersen 1-2, Dan Barrios 1-2. Golden Sierra, Brandon Oliveira 10-74, Jeremy Nordby 6-27, Zach Kraus 4-15, Sean West 7-14.
Passing ” Bear River, Andersen 4-5-0 100. Golden Sierra, Ryan Cox 2-15-1 23.
Receiving ” Bear River, Masegian 4-100. Golden Sierra, Joshua Corbett 2-23.
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