PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River downs Foothill for first league win
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BRUINS 27 MUSTANGS 6
F: Jordan Reed 68-yard pass from Omar Johnson (10:40) Extra point no good
BR: Peyton Turner 2-yard run (5:52) Extra point good
BR: Josh Zimmer 1-yard run (4:45) Extra point good
BR: Stephen Taylor 27-yard pass from Clay Corippo (1:38) Extra point good
BR: Turner 40-yard run (11:46) Extra point no good
A little mud never hurt anybody, and it certainly didn’t slow down the Bear River football Bruins Friday night at the swamp that was J. David Ramsey Stadium.
Bear River eclipsed 200 yards rushing and overcame an early 6-0 deficit, scoring 27 unanswered points to earn a 27-6 victory over Pioneer Valley League foe Foothill.
“I feel we all imagined it would be a different score than 7-6,” said senior half back Peyton Turner, who rushed 123 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns, including the team’s first to give the Bruins a narrow lead at the half. “Second half, (Austin) Baze gave a great speech and we just pulled things together and realized we were better than that.”
Foothill stunned the Bruins on just the third play from scrimmage with a sweep-option-pass that went 68 yards for a touchdown, however that was all the Mustangs would muster.
Not to be outdone, Bear River responded with its own 13-play, 68-yard drive as Turner plunged in from two yards on fourth-and-1. After a successful extra point, the Bruins were out front 7-6 and the unofficial slip n’ slide mud bowl was just getting started.
“We really played great defense other than that one sweep pass we got sucked up on,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “Our offense finally started clicking in the second half. This is a big win for us, puts us back in the hunt for a playoff spot. A lot of kids stepped up.”
Field possession was won by Bear River in the second half, as the team scored three more times with each of its drives beginning in Mustang territory thanks to some tremendous defensive containment.
Josh Zimmer powered in for a 5-yard touchdown run, pushing the Bruins lead to 14-6 late in the third quarter. Zimmer finished his evening with nine carries for 48 yards and a score.
A fumble on Foothill’s next possession gave the Bruins prime real estate again at the Mustangs’ 29. Three plays later on fourth-and-8, Clay Corripo hooked up with Stephen Taylor for a 27-yard score, for a 21-6 advantage. Taylor hauled in two catches for 59 yards and also contributed 26 yards rushing on five attempts.
After the forcing a three-and-out, the Bruins’ offense added the final dagger with Turner blasting 40 yards through the secondary and making a sensational cut back past the sliding Mustang defenders.
“It was meant to go up the seven hole and I saw nothing there so I just bounced it outside,” added Turner. “I tried to turn on the speed then I saw it almost run out of bounds and an opening to my right. I just put my foot in the ground and cut right back up. It was awesome, felt great.”
Passing for Bear River, Bradley Dzioba finished 3-of-7 for 36 yards with a pick, and Corippo threw 1-of-3 for 27 yards and a touchdown.
DIGGING IN DEFENSIVELY
Defensively the Bruins were backed by senior Landen Clark, who made seven tackles and dropped Foothill senior quarterback Vernon Robertson for two sacks for a combined loss of 21 yards.
“Our defense really stepped up,” said Clark. “We shut them down on the inside run. (Robertson) is fast so we had to stay home be real disciplined on the outside. Do your job, you get pay day.”
Shane Flores wrapped up a team high nine tackles including a sack. Both Ryan Tantum and Travis Carpenter added sacks as well, totaling five for the team.
“Containing Foothill’s offense is a scary, scary thing because athletically they just got so much speed,” said Bruins co-head coach Scott Savoie. “To be able to contain them for four quarters is huge.”
Robertson finished just 2-of-9 passing for 17 yards with an interception. As a team, the Mustangs rushed for 105 yards on 41 attempts, including 14 carries that went for a loss.
The Bruins’ defense also came away with four turnovers to halt the Mustangs. Jimmy Kelly pounced on two fumbles and Hayden Becker secured another on the slippery surface. Zimmer nabbed a pick late in the fourth quarter to set up the Bruins’ offense in victory formation.
Bear River (3-4, 1-1 PVL) hits the road next week for another crucial PVL match up with rival Colfax (5-2, 1-1 PVL).
JV: BEAR RIVER 24, FOOTHILL 0
The Bruins (4-3, 1-1 PVL) scored early and never looked back, striking first on a 16-yard run by Hunter Daniels and added a 2-pt conversion by Clayton Anderson. In the second quarter Anderson extended the lead to 15-0 on a nine yard touchdown run. Daniels stepped up on defense as well, dropping the Mustangs for a safety for a 17-0 lead. Austin Slining polished it off for the Bruins with a 56-yard return for a score on the ensuing kickoff and the team cruised through the second half.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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