Bear River bombs Mavericks
Bear River head football coach Scott Savoie knew it would take a big play or two to beat Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights Friday.
He got five.
Cody Yeager ran for a career-high 220 yards – including a 68-yarder – for two scores and Wil Thomas had a punt return for a touchdown to lead the the Bruins to a 44-14 home field rout.
Bear River, which entered the key Pioneer Valley League contest tied for first place with Colfax, improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in league.
Mesa Verde dropped to 5-2 and 2-1.
“We told the kids coming in, if you want to be a championship team, you’re going to have to win games like these,” Savoie said. We pulled out a videotape from our 1997 game with Mesa Verde. We showed a big play that really turned that game around. And we challenged the kids (as to) who was going to be the one to make that big play.”
Chad Anderson, who filled in for an injured Jeff Duran at fullback, did his part when he converted a pair of critical third downs on Bear River’s first scoring drive. He hit paydirt himself early in the third quarter.
Bryan Hart also turned in a clutch performance when he turned a routine middle screen into a 51-yard touchdown.
Bear River got plenty of big plays on the other side of the ball.
Senior linebacker Keith Marin singlehandedly snuffed a Maverick drive with a sack on third and goal midway through the second.
“We were here just about six hours every day this week. So we definitely put in a lot of work. Coach Savoie really prepared us for this game,” said Bruin junior quarterback Josh Rumsey, who threw for 102 yards on 6-of-11 passing and two touchdowns.
Scott Keever also scored for Bear River.
Anderson and Thomas finished with a team-high nine tackles each.
Bear River will play at Vanden of Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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