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Rollin’ on the river

YUBA CITY — Cameron Barrios is the backup? Could’ve fooled the Falcons.

Filling in for an injured Dillon Smith, Barrios got his first career start at quarterback Friday at River Valley, where he led Bear River to a 28-14 win. The Bruins improved to 4-0.

Barrios finished 5-of-9 for 93 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Austin Dowling in the third quarter. His first pass of the game, facing a third-and-13 on Bear River’s own 3-yard line in the second quarter, was a 35-yard completion to Tevyn Kimble.



“It felt great to get the win,” Barrios said. His teammates, he added, made sure he was relaxed — as relaxed as he could be facing his first start and on the road — including Smith, who started the first three games of the season.

“He told me just to play football,” Barrios said of Smith.




Barrios, a senior, played most of the previous week’s game — a 29-28 home win against Highlands. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 27 yards with an interception.

Also a linebacker, Barrios saw limited time on defense at River Valley with a groin injury.

“He’s just one of those guys that can do anything,” Bruins co-head coach Scott Savoie said.

The defense did just fine in Barrios’ absence. River Valley’s star player, a 6-foot, 1-inch triple-threat named TJ Dove, was held to 1-of-5 passing with an interception. He ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, and he had 30 yards receiving on two catches, but he was just about the entirety of River Valley’s offense. He scored his team’s only other touchdown on a 51-yard punt return.

Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue said special teams will remain a focus in practice as the Bruins gear up for Pioneer Valley League play, which begins in two weeks after next Saturday’s stop at Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz. The Bruins open PVL play Oct. 5 at rival Colfax.  

Cody Heard led Bear River’s rushing attack Friday night with three touchdowns and 32 yards. Michael Raigoza rushed 16 times for 83 yards.

“It’s a big win,” Savoie said. “This was the first team we played with a winning record.”

But now the Falcons are 2-2, thanks in part to a Bear River defense that was as good as it’s been all season. Austin Dowling had a pair of interceptions, J’Sean Harwood had a sack and six tackles, and Jake Savoie and Barrios each recovered a fumble.

“We put a lot of heat on ’em,” Logue said.

JV: River Valley 34,

Bear River 0

Bear River lost its first game of the season, falling to 2-1-1.

Kyle Krogman led the Bruins with 76 rushing on nine carries. Defensively, Krogman tallied five tackles and a sack.

Garett Ramsour carried 10 times for 57 yards. Ryan Wagner had an interception, and Samuel Elizondo recovered a fumble.

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