QB Smith out for River Valley game
The Bear River football team squeaked past Highlands last week by one point, 29-28, leaning heavily on its run game after starting quarterback Dillon Smith went down with a shoulder injury in the first quarter.
Smith will be out another week, said co-head coach Scott Savoie, but the team has complete confidence in backup quarterback Cameron Barrios.
“(Barrios) didn’t get a lot of reps throughout last week, and all of a sudden he was thrown in there,” Savoie said. “He had 14 tackles on defense, then turned around and ran our offense. I thought it was real gutsy.”
Barrios went 3-for-5 for 27 yards and an interception last week against Highlands, but Savoie said with a full week of practice where Barrios took all the first-team snaps, he expects him to be much improved this week against River Valley.
“Were not afraid to throw the ball with Barrios,” Savoie said. “He has four days of practice under his belt this week, and he will be much better prepared this week than he was last week.”
River Valley is 2-1 this season and has mostly done it on the defensive side of the ball. The Falcons have allowed just 14 points per game this season.
Offensively, River Valley relies heavily on T.J. Dove. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pound junior running back is leading the team in rushing yards with 312, receiving yards with 154 and touchdowns with five.
The Bruins return bruising fullback Andrew Reiss Jr. this week after a one-game suspension. Reiss’ return should help bolster a backfield that will surely carry a big load tonight.
On the season, the Bruins are averaging 217.3 rushing yards per game and have four backs who have more than 20 carries.
In last season’s matchup with River Valley, the Bruins won 41-0.
To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4232.
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