Bear River to host Lincoln, Bean in regular season finale
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What: Bear River vs. Lincoln
When: 7:30 p.m., today
Where: J. David Ramsey Stadium, Bear River High School
Bear River (7-2, 3-1 PVL)
Last week: Beat Center, 7-6
PPG allowed: 15.3
Lincoln (1-8, 0-4 PVL)
PPG allowed: 34.6
With the playoffs just a week away, the Bear River Bruins are being careful not to overlook anybody, especially an opponent that knows them as well as Lincoln.
The Bruins (7-2, 3-1 Pioneer Valley League) welcome the Fighting Zebras to J. David Ramsey Stadium tonight, and with the Zebras comes former Bear River junior varsity head coach Chris Bean, who now is the head of Lincoln’s varsity team.
“No question there is a lot of emotion with this one,” said Bean. “To go back where my teaching career started, where I have so many friends. For me there is a lot of emotion. It’s not just another game.”
Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie isn’t so sentimental about Friday’s game.
“It’s just another game,” said Savoie. “Coach Bean is a great coach, and he knows our system, but he’s not playing. It’s just game 10 on our schedule. We prepared for them the same way we would for anybody.”
Lincoln comes into the contest riding a five-game losing streak and without their opening day starters at quarterback and running back. The Zebras have been bit by the injury bug bad this season, said Bean.
“Today I had 20 kids on the sideline watching practice,” he said. Bean also noted that his team is on their fourth kicker of the season.
Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue said he isn’t looking past the injury plagued 1-8 team, noting that the Bruins will have to be ready for Lincoln’s best effort.
“We know that if they beat us it will make their whole season,” Logue said. “So we expect it to be a tough game.”
After losing 28-0 to Placer two weeks ago, the Bruins rebounded nicely with a thrilling come-from-behind, 7-6, victory over Center last week, but the fact remains the Bruin offense has produced just one touchdown in the past two games.
“We got to get the offense going,” said Logue. “We have to find a way to move the ball.”
The Bruins have used a myriad of backs this season and each week it seems a different one steps up to make a difference. Last week David O’Brien led the Bruins to victory with a team high 68-yards rushing and 38 yards passing out of the wildcat formation, including the game-winner. In the victory over Colfax Oct. 17 it was Kyle Uclaray leading the team on the ground and scoring the game-winning touchdown. A week before that it was John Voter, David Matrella and Uclaray leading the Bruins to a 40-6 win over Foothill.
“Their talent level is real high,” said Bean. “They are very balanced, they run the ball well and have weapons all over the field.”
For the Bruins they will have to contend with Lincoln’s multiple formations and shifts, said Savoie.
“They do lots of shifting, lots of motion, lots of screen passes,” he said. “They try to spread you out. We just got to make sure we have the right guys in the right spots.”
The Bruins are looking to finish the season strong and enter the playoffs on a high note, said Savoie.
“We want to play well,” Savoie said. “There are no excuses for not executing on offense. We want to play well and carry that into the playoffs.”
For the Bruins the game carries playoff implications, but for Lincoln all that is left to play for is pride.
“We’re excited,” said Bean. “My players know what it means to me, and they don’t want to let me down, but at the same time, Bear River is a top-notch team.”
Bear River is currently in second-place in the PVL behind Placer, who handed the Bruins their only league loss of the season.
The game gets kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at J. David Ramsey Stadium on the campus of Bear River High School.
Elsewhere in the PVL
Colfax (6-3, 2-2 PVL) will host rival Placer (7-2, 4-0 PVL), and Center (6-3, 2-2 PVL) welcomes Foothill (2-7, 1-3 PVL).
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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