Bear River crushes Lincoln |

Bear River crushes Lincoln

Dan BurkhartBear River's Jeff Duran plows through a sea of Lincoln defenders Friday night. The Bruins won, 31-7.
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LINCOLN – Bear River head football coach Scott Savoie must have given one heckuva pep talk at half time in his team’s Pioneer Valley League opener with Lincoln Friday.

The Bruins stumbled out of the gate on both sides of the ball early, but came out after the break with both barrels blazing.

Senior fullback Jeff Duran hit paydirt three times and John Savoie nabbed a pair of interceptions as the Bruins blew the hosts off the field at McBean Memorial Park, 31-7.

Bear River improves to 3-1 overall. Lincoln drops to 2-2.

“I challenged them at halftime. We had the best practices we’ve had all year this week and I let them know none of that would matter if we didn’t come out on fire in the second half and get the win,” he said.

His team listened.

The Bruins punted on their first two possessions of the second half, then scored four straight touchdowns to ice the win.

“We were read something from the internet which said we had no heart and no senior leadership. We took that personally. We wanted to prove them (wrong),” said Duran, who finished with 79 yards on 20 carries.

With the ball at Lincoln’s 41, and down 7-2 midway through the third quarter, Savoie put the ball in Duran’s hands.

The 6-foot, 220-pounder blasted Lincoln defensive back Justin Hobson on each of his first two touches, then scored from seven yards out four plays later to put Bear River up 8-7.

“When Jeff flat-backed that kid, I think that was the emotional turnaround in the game,” Savoie said.

John Savioe’s picked off Kurtis Koehler on Lincoln’s ensuing possession and Duran went right back to work.

He scored his second touchdown on the night with one minute, nine seconds left in the third quarter.

“I just wanted to do my part in getting the team pumped up. My offensive line worked hard too and they deserve just as much credit as me,” Duran added.

Cody Yeager tallied a game-high 136 yards on 23 carries in the win. Bruin quarterback Josh Rumsey, who found tight end Keith Marin for a score from four yards out late in the fourth, finished with 125 yards on 7-of-14 passing.

Bryan Hart led Bruin receivers with 43 yards on a pair of catches. Chad Anderson, who nailed Hobson in Lincoln’s end zone for a safety early in the second quarter, had a team-high 16 tackles. Matt Stuber and Jon Cummings finished with 10 tackles each.Matt Grimm recovered a fumble.

Bear River’s JV, on three Lance Welch touchdowns, won 42-0.

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