Bear River may have an easy time |

Bear River may have an easy time

Johnson West of Sacramento’s football team has had more than its share of tough times.

The bad news began for the first-year program before it had even played a single down.

Steve Marks, the Warriors’ head football coach, resigned in a huff Aug. 19.

The team, with athletic director Hugh Hunter at the helm, opened the season with a 42-15 loss to tiny Modesto Christian.

The Warriors were then outscored by an average of 29 points per contest over the next four games, to drop to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the Pioneer Valley League.

Next up for the hard-luck Warriors will be a homecoming date with host Bear River and its league- leading defense and top-rated running back Cody Yeager at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


“They’ve got a very young team. I think they’ve only got seven seniors and only seven or eight who’ve ever played football before. But we as a coaching staff prepare for everybody the same way. We put in just as much time for Johnson (West) as we did for Del Oro or Woodcreek,” Bear River head coach Scott Savoie said.

Johnson West, which averages 5.6 points per game, has a trio of capable runners in quarterback Nick Coleman and runningbacks D.Van Visaya and Skylar Hess.

Coleman, a sophomore, has rushed for a team-high of 203 yards on 35 touches for a healthy 5.8 yards per carry. He’s also thrown for 89 yards on 7-of-38 passing with three interceptions.

Van Visaya and Hess have combined for 307 yards on the ground and 60 yards through the air.

While the offensive numbers aren’t the most impressive, Savoie said the size of Johnson West’s linemen are.

Senior offensive/defensive tackle Ben Rogers (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) was voted to the All-Metro League team.

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