BR football hopes to clean up its act
Bear River’s football team sprinted to a well-received 3-0 start this year, but the team has been running in sand for the last three weeks as the offense and defense have lagged uncharacteristically.
The Bruins (3-2-1 overall, 0-2 Pioneer Valley League) have given up 63 points in the last three games in which the team has lost the last two and tied another. But those losses and tie just so happened to be games the Bruins were competing in down to the wire and are proof that the team is not down in the dumps.
“Obviously we’re disappointed if you lose a one-point game,” co-head coach Terry Logue said of last weeks zinger against Placer, which the Bruins dropped, 24-23.
But the game was a small victory in some sense. Placer had been averaging 30.6 points per game, with a monster 48-point outing against Monterey Trail, until they met the Bruins.
Two weeks ago, when the Bruins played Whitney (6-0), the team was behind 14-12 until the Wildcats running back Zack Graves broke away with a 51-yard touchdown on 4th-and-1 to break the game open.
“We’re not going out there and getting massacred,” Logue said. “We’re doing a lot of good things.”
In the meantime, the team has taken a renewed focus on itself in the midst of focusing on today’s opponent, the Mesa Verde Mavericks (1-5 overall, 0-3 PVL).
This game will be a chess match of two struggling teams at San Juan High school (Citrus Heights) and an opportunity to gain some ground for the Bruins in the PVL after a disappointing start.
“We have slim playoffs hopes, but there’s still a chance,” Logue said.
The Bruins are itching to break the bad “juju.”
“We need to get back on track,” co-head coach Scott Savoie said. “You know, we are focusing as much on ourselves as we are on Mesa Verde. We’ve been winless here for three weeks. We’re not used to that happening around here very often. We’re working on the psyche of the team. We’re trying to get them back to where they were before. We’re trying to basically get our swagger back.
“With losses, you kind of start to second guess yourself,” Savoie continued. “I feel like our effort has been very good. We just haven’t played well enough strategically and (haven’t been) disciplined enough to win big games.”
With four games left, the Bruins are fighting for pride right now. The team has 18 winning seasons on the line, Logue said.
“Our kids are trying to hang tough,” Logue said. “Our goal is to win all four of them.”
Mesa Verde is in the same sort of slump as the Bruins – if not worse. The Mavericks are on a five-game skid. The team has struggled to put many points on the board but it did give Colfax a scare, losing 30-20.
Their quarterback, Andrew Greene, is a source of worries for Bear River because he’s big, fast and has a rocket for an arm, said Savoie. He leads the team with 676 passing yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also the main threat because their rushing attack has been virtually nonexistent, garnering only two touchdowns so far this season.
Bear River will look to get back to Bruin basics for what appears to be a self-defining game for the 2007 season.
“Getting off to a really good start, that’s important,” Savoie said of the keys to the game. “We need to get back to Bear River football. We’re used to putting together 12- and 14-play drives. We need to be able to control the line of scrimmage.
“Let’s get back on track; that’s our focus this week.”
To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4244.
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