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Bear River records fall

The Bear River football team blew up the school record book in its 56-0 Pioneer Valley League win over host Mira Loma Thursday.

The Bruins (4-1 overall, 2-0 PVL) set marks in points in a game, total offense (510 yards) and rushing yards in a game (423).

Bear River junior safety John Savoie also inked his name in the record book with eight converted extra points.



“The thing that is kind of cool is that the records we broke were with the second team in for a half,” said Bruin head coach Scott Savoie. “A lot of times you put the second and third team guys in there and they (struggle) because they’re not used to playing on game night, but I was very pleased with the way they came out and just flat took over,”

School records aside, a boatload of Bruins celebrated firsts on the night.




In his first varsity start, senior fullback Jon Szkotak scored his first touchdown.

“I’ve been like a scout team hero for the past four years, so it just felt great to get the start and play meaningful downs,” Szkotak said.

Bruin junior running backs Blake Caravelli and Brian Hudson also hit pay dirt for the first time in their varsity careers.

On the defensive side, junior defensive back Chris MacDonald nabbed his first varsity interception, while junior defensive lineman Dallas Hochanadel tallied his first sack.

“It wasn’t one of our team goals to come out and embarrass anybody, but I think this was good for us. It’s good for team morale when everybody has a chance to to take part in the game. That wasn’t the case in the first four games. We had kids who didn’t even see the field against Del Oro, Woodcreek. and to some extent Center,” Savoie said.

Bear River will host Johnson West in Friday’s homecoming.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

In other PVL action, Colfax kept pace with the first place Bruins with a 34-20 home field win over Lincoln Friday.

The Falcons (5-0, 2-0) got 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Ben Galbraith and punt return for touchdown from Drew Hamm in the win over the Zebras (2-3, 0-2).

Oakmont of Roseville won its second straight with a 57-22 non-league decision over visiting Dixon Friday. Viking (4-1, 1-0) quarterback Crosby Wehr threw for 201 yards and a pair of scores.

Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights (4-1, 1-0) opened its PVL slate on an up note with a 35-8 road win over Johnson West of Sacramento (0-5, 0-2) Friday.


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