Bear River, Del Oro set for tonight
The Kings have the Lakers.
The Giants have the Dodgers.
The Raiders have the Broncos.
For the Bear River football program, it’s Del Oro of Loomis.
Sure, some of the Bruin faithful may point to Colfax, or Placer of Auburn, but history doesn’t lie.
There was 1998’s game where Bear River snapped Del Oro’s 47-game Sierra Foothill League winning streak with a 21-13 decision.
Or two seasons ago, when, with the Bruins’ Sierra Foothill League title hopes on the line, Matt Logue and Mike Holder ran wild as the Cardinal and Gray demolished the visitors in a 34-14.
Then there was last year’s showdown in Loomis.
With 30 seconds left in the game and down 14-7, Bear River had a first-and-goal on Del Oro’s five-yard-line.
The Golden Eagle defense held as the clock ran out on the Bruins’ hopes.
While Bear River has left the Sierra Foothill League – and Del Oro – for the Pioneer Valley League, the rivalry continues.
The teams will lace ’em up one more time in the preseason finale at Bear River at 7:30 p.m.
“This is just as big of a game to us as when we were in the same league. I know it is to them,” Bruin head coach Scott Savoie said. “I know beating Bear River is a benchmark on their schedule, and it’s the same for us.”
The defending SFL champion Golden Eagles lost by seven points in their opener to perennial power Oak Ridge, then bounced back with a 34-14 win over Burbank of Sacramento last Friday.
“They run more than they pass. They want to to be the grind-em-out type offense, but they’ve been getting it done with big plays,” Savoie said.
Mike Gildone has been Mr. Touchdown for Del Oro.
The 6-foot, 205 pound senior fullback has scored six of the Golden Eagles nine touchdowns.
The Bruin defense will also have to put a body on sophomore tailback Ryno Gonzalez (5-11, 185) and his back up Jared Perez (5-8, 160).
“They’ll definitely try to spread you out, then run the ball right at you,” Savioe said.
When Golden Eagle quarterback Aaron Quinn (5-9, 165) isn’t looking for favorite target Bryan Ryerson-Bisig (5-10, 150) in the passing lanes, he isn’t shy about tucking the ball under his arm and heading up field.
“He’s got a good arm, but he’s just as dangerous as a runner. He scrambled for 65 yards against Oak Ridge,” Savoie said. “They’ll throw lots of screens, run draws. They turn a lot of that underneath stuff into big plays,” Savoie added.On defense, linebacker Gabe Chandler (6-2, 205) and rover Mike Sjolie (6-0, 220) will do their best to corral Bear River’s running attack.
“Defensively, their sort of your typical Del Oro team. They’ve got that blue collar attitude,” Savoie said. “They don’t have the 6-5, 300 pound guy Center and Woodcreek had, but they’re well coached. They’re by far the best team we’ve faced so far.”
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