Bear River faces winless Warriors
For the second-straight Friday, Bear River’s Bruins will kick off against a Pioneer Valley League opponent that has yet to land in the win column.
And, considering last week’s outcome – a 36-0 win over Mira Loma (0-6) – Bruin fans should expect another PVL victory in similar fashion over visiting West Campus (0-6) Friday night.
“Let me be clear about this,” said Bear River head coach Scott Savoie. “These guys are not Mira Loma. They have been in every game they’ve played, even in the Colfax game. They were tied at halftime before Colfax walked away from them in the second half (in a 57-14 Colfax win).
“Mark my words, this team is going to upset somebody and I don’t want it to be us.”
One reason Savoie fears Halloween coming a week too early is West Campus’ senior quarterback. Nick Coleman (5 feet, 10 inches, 182 pounds) has thrown for 695 yards and eight touchdowns, while running for another 551 yards and two scores.
“He’s a three-year starter and is just a special football player,” Savoie said. “They run several types of the option, including a dive option and a speed option. They just put the ball in his hands whenever they possibly can.
“Corey Jackson (6-1, 175, Jr.), who wears No. 1, has over 500 yards receiving and is a phenomenal athlete, as well. Then there’s Leandrew Jenkins (5-11, 181, Sr.), who’s a good running back. And those three guys also start in the defensive backfield.”
Standing at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the PVL, Savoie says the Bruins can’t afford to overlook any team right now, no matter what their record looks like on paper.
“Starting on Monday, we made it very, very clear to the kids,” Savoie said. “Don’t read the newspaper – Sorry ’bout that – because records don’t mean a thing against a team like this.”
The Bruins have been on a bit of a roller-coaster ride in recent weeks, winning two straight games after suffering three consecutive setbacks. Bear River has been led offensively by ground game, as halfback David Wheeler (5-11, 167, Sr.) and fullback Brock Boyle (5-9, 195, Sr.) have combined for 848 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“We’re not sitting where we want to be, going into Week 7 at 3-3,” Savoie said. “We’ve got a long ways to go. There is no game on our schedule that we can take easy. The kids have been coming in from 1 to 5:30 p.m. each day, on our so-called week off. We’re lifting weights, watching film and getting ready for West Campus just like we will next week for Mesa Verde.
“That’s the way we always do it around here, whether we’re 6-0 or 3-3, like we are right now.”
Opponent: West Campus Warriors
Site: Bear River’s J. David Ramsey Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
2004 record: 0-6 overall, 0-3 Pioneer Valley League
2003 record: 4-6 overall, 1-5 PVL
2003 League finish: Sixth
All-time series: Bear River leads 2-0
Last Meeting: 10/18/03 (Bear River won 47-8)
Warriors to watch: QB Nick Coleman (5-10, 182, Sr.) Passing: 54-107-8, 695, 8 TD, Rushing: 61-551, 2 TD; RB Leandrew Jenkins (5-11, 181, Sr.) 70-504, 3 TD; WR Corey Jackson (6-1, 175, Jr.) 32-618, 7 TD; LB Xeres Dalske (5-11, 225, Sr.) 73 tackles; DL Robert O’Mara (6-3, 200, Sr.) 40 tackles, 6 sacks.
Bruins to watch: QB Michael Fredrickson (5-11, 170, Sr.) 37-76-4, 415, 1 TD; HB David Wheeler (5-11, 167, Jr.) 74-494, 6 TD; FB Brock Boyle (5-9, 195, Sr.) 96-354, 8 TD; WR Anthony Welz (6-1, 167, Sr.) 14-203; DL Landon Savoie (6-0, 190, Jr.) 54 tackles, 4 sacks; LB J.D. Moore (5-11, 207, Sr.) 53 tackles, 1 sack; DT Alex Wolosz (5-11, 259, Sr.) 46 tackles; DB Lance Welch (5-8, 158, Sr.) 39 tackles, 1 INT.
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.