Bear River faces another unknown foe |

Bear River faces another unknown foe

For the third straight week the Bear River Bruins will take on a team they’ve never seen before.

The Bruins (2-0) will host the Highland Scots Friday at J. David Ramsey stadium in their third matchup with an unfamiliar foe.

“It’s always fun to play somebody different,” Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie said. “We’ve played Center forever. Our file on Center is huge. Now we’re starting to add new folders.

The Scots are 1-2 to start 2012, but Savoie said he expects them to bring their A-game.

“It’s always fun to play somebody different … we’re starting to add new folders.”

— Scott Savoie,
Bear River co-head coach

“They’ve had some tough ones, but they will turn it around,” he said. “We just hope they don’t turn it around against us.”

Highlands (North Highlands) played in the Division-V championship game the last two seasons, falling to Le Grand both times.

What Savoie said he knows about Highlands is that they are similar to last week’s opponent, Woodland, in that they have several really talented athletes, he said.

Highlands boasts a two-quarterback system with seniors John Abalos and Jessie Altamirano.

Abalos is known more for his running abilities and Altamirano has handled most of the passing duties through the first three weeks.

The Scots have also have a speedy receiver in Jonathon Altamirano, who leads the team in passes caught and yards gained.

For the Bruins, Savoie said they had a good week of practice and believes his team is up for another unknown challenge.

The Bruins will be down one of their go-to backs in Andrew Reiss, who was ejected from the Sept. 7 game against Woodland, an ejection that carries an automatic one-game suspension.

Savoie said Cody Heard will pick up a lot of the duties at fullback this week.

Through the first two weeks of play, the Bruin offense has proved to be multi-dimensional and balanced. This season, Bear River has averaged 185 yards through the air, 184 yards on the ground and 33 points per contest.

Bruin quarterback Dillon Smith is 21-of-28 on the season for 358 yards and three touchdowns. Smith’s success is a by product of many things, Savoie said.

The Bruins have several options in the passing game with wide receiver Tevyn Kimble, eight catches for 164 yards and a touchdown, tight end Hunter Cramer, seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown, and a group of backs that can catch the ball out of the backfield.

Savoie said a lot of the credit for the passing game’s success goes to the offensive line.

“Coming into the season the question mark was on the offensive line with two starters returning,” Savoie said. “But they have really stepped up.”

To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford call (530) 477-4232 or email him at

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