Bear River JV, frosh take titles |

Bear River JV, frosh take titles

If Bear River football fans seem giddy about the future of Bruin football, it’s for good reason.

Both the Bear River freshmen and junior varsity teams wrapped up Pioneer Valley League championships with wins over rival Colfax this week.

Bear River JV blitzes Colfax 40-6

One week after collecting his 150th career coaching victory, Duane Zauner smiled and said there haven’t been many in his 21 years at the helm of the Bruin junior varsity that were sweeter than No. 151.

“No, there haven’t been,” Zauner said moments after his Bruins downed the host Falcons 40-6 Friday night. “And there’s a reason this one is so great. This group has come so, so far in the last five weeks.

“In my 21 years, they’ve come as far as any group I’ve had.”

The Bruins closed out the season at 8-2 overall and earned a share of the PVL prize with a 5-1 league record.

Bear River scored on five of its first six possessions of the game Friday.”In the first half, we executed everything perfectly right from the get-go,” Zauner said. “It was just a great team victory from everybody.

“I can’t name all the kids, but they all were great. The passing game was outstanding. The running game was outstanding.

“You know what? I think they’re ready to play varsity now.”

Freshmen outscore opponents 346-6

If the cardinal and gray faithful need any additional reason to be hopeful about what’s on the horizon, they need only consider two numbers: 346-6.

That’s how badly Bear River’s freshmen beat their opponents this season, in pitching a nine shut-out performances – the latest being a 36-0 victory over the host Falcons Thursday night – and racking up a 10-0 record.

“The only points we allowed came in the last three seconds at Placer on a diving catch,” said Bruin coach Dick Werntz.

The Bruins wrapped up the season in fine fashion as Johnny Jewett scored two touchdowns – including a 52-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game Thursday – to help lead a Bruin rushing attack that totaled 208 yards.

Jewett also scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Pedro, who finished the season finale with 113 yards passing and also ran for a score. Brandon Fry and Colby Angus each rushed for touchdowns, as did Cody VanFossen off a botched snap.

The last time Bear River’s freshmen finished 10-0 was five years ago, Werntz said, when the 2005 seniors suited up for the frosh – a class that claimed a PVL co-championship at the varsity level.

“We really have high expectations for them,” Werntz said. “If they work as hard as (the 2005 senior class), they’ll be right there.

“The thing about this group is the synergy of the group. These kids all love each other. They have outstanding leadership and the kids just support each other.”

Werntz also credited the coaching of his fellow staff members, including John Fernandez, Mike Gatto and Jason Bohrer.


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