Bear River thrashes Argonaut, Logue gets 200th win
Special to The Union
Final: BRUINS 35, MUSTANGS 7
BR: Kyle Uclaray 26-yard run (9:51) Ben O’ Lena kick
BR: John Voter III 44-yard run (5:19) O’ Lena kick
A: Joey White 9-yard run (10:53) White kick
BR: Jason Voter 13-yard pass to Travis Whitehead (:44) O’Lena kick
BR: John Voter 1-yard run (4:50) O’Lena kick
BR: David O’Brien 13-yard run (7:39) O’Lena Kick
Win number 200 became a reality for Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue after the Bruins’ 35-7 romping Friday night at Argonaut.
“It’s awesome,” said Logue. “It’s unfortunate with the injuries. After (Argonaut) scored the touchdown we gutted up. Our offense did well moving the ball. Nice things started happening. Scott (Savoie) was here for 143 of these wins so he gets to share it.”
The Bruins jumped out to a hot start, putting up two scores in the first quarter. Junior Kyle Uclaray broke loose and darted into the end zone for a 26-yard score. Senior John Voter III followed in Uclaray’s footsteps and then some, busting through the Mustang secondary for a 44-yard sprint to the house.
“It was a big night for Bear River, a big night for Terry,” said Savoie. “I’m proud to be here next to him.”
Reaching the 200-win milestone puts Logue in pretty elite company, making him one of just three active area coaches, six total in the section, who have accomplished the feat. From his first win as a coach in 1988 to his 200th Friday night, Logue has graced Bear River athletics with much more than x’s and o’s. This is really just icing on the cake to an already impressive legacy.
Junior Jason Voter got the start at quarterback for the Bruins, replacing senior Austin Smith who was not available due to an athletic code violation, according to Logue. Voter did exceptionally well orchestrating the offense, but the Bruins offensive line did an even better job in creating space for plays to be made.
“He’s the most influential coach I’ve ever had,” said John Voter III, who rushed 11 times for a season-high 122 yards and two touchdowns. “My little brother threw a TD. The o-line did absolutely incredible. It was awesome to be a part of that.”
Jason Voter’s first touchdown toss at the varsity level came late in the second quarter with his team leading 14-7. He found senior Travis Whitehead streaking across the middle of the field and zinged a bullet, which Whitehead hauled in before plowing through defenders for a 13-yard score. Jason Voter threw 6-for-12 for 55 yards and a touchdown and the score gave the Bruins a 21-7 cushion going into the half, which was set up by a Josh Davis interception with less than minute remaining.
Voter found pay dirt for the second time in the game during a one-yard plunge in the third quarter to extend Bear River’s lead to 28-7. Junior David O’Brien had the opportunity to shine and he made the most of it, breaking through the Mustang defense for a 13-yard score midway through the fourth quarter. O’Brien finished wit six carries for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Bear River’s defense plagued Argonaut much of the night. Kyle Krogman wrapped up a team-high 11 tackles. He was followed by Gunnar Simpson, who had six, including a sack. Voter added six more tackles and Jimmy Vaughn had four. Colton Salivar grabbed a pick for the Bruins as well.
The Mustangs desperately lacked a passing attack and once they fell behind by multiple scores their ground game wasn’t enough to get the job done. As a team Argonaut rushed 53 times for 217 yards, with junior Joey Guidi getting the bulk, finishing with 18 carries for 90 yards.
The victory also came at a devastating cost to Bear River, who lost starting center Sam Elizondo to a leg injury. Uclaray was also sidelined in the first half after being ejected during a controversial call that is pending review with the league. Uclaray rushed seven times for 69 yards and a touchdown despite his limited play.
The journey continues for Logue, Savoie and the Bruins (2-1) on Sept. 26 when they host Escalon, but first Bear River will enjoy a much-needed bye week.
JV: Argonaut 12, Bear River 0
The Mustangs kept the Bruins off the scoreboard in a low-scoring affair Friday night. Argonaut scored early in the first quarter, cashing in on a Bear River fumble to take a 6-0 lead. It was a defensive battle for both teams the rest of the way. The Bruins coughed up another fumble late in the fourth quarter and Argonaut took over inside the red zone and later scored on a 10-yard run to seal the game with just over a minute to play.
Frosh: Bear River 46, Argonaut 16
The Bruins took care of business in the early game Friday. Austin Baze broke free for two 50-yard touchdown sprints. Zach Rubey also posed a problem for the Mustangs defense, busting loose for a 65-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Clay Corippo was solid for the Bruins as well, finishing 2-for-2 passing with a pair of touchdowns.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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