Bruin football dominates Cougars to move to 2-0
With Capital Christian quarterback Jacob Woehler sidelined with a concussion, the visiting Cougars came into Friday night’s battle at Bear River with a change in plans.
Without aerial support, the Cougars were forced to turn to their ground game. But it was evident early on that Capital Christian wasn’t ready to toe the line with a physical bunch of Bruins.
Bear River (2-0) beat the Cougars to the punch on both sides of the ball for a 24-7 win, dominating its guest in such a fashion that CC coach Karl Zierhut allowed the game clock to run unchecked throughout the second half.
“We got a little break with their starting quarterback being out, but we’ll take it,” said Bruin co-head coach Terry Logue. “Our defense played as well as I could have dreamed. I don’t think we allowed a first down with our first unit.”
After allowing 43 points in last week’s win over Cordova, Logue liked what he saw from his defense Friday night. Bear River limited Capital Christian to just 10 yards of offense in the first half and the Cougars picked up their initial first down of the game with four minutes, 44 seconds to go in the third quarter.
“Jason Grady had his first start at strong tackle and he was outstanding,” Logue said. “Jimmy Bamburg and Alex Rea also played well. And Dallen Heutter got his second interception of the year. He’s showing us a lot of athletic ability out there.”
Heutter’s big night could have been even more impressive had not a handful of his highlight-reel worthy plays not been nullified by Bruin penalties, including a 41-yard punt return and a 17-yard run in the first quarter.
Bear River’s offense was its own worst enemy in the first half, tripping up its own drives with eight penalties for 60 yards.
“That’s frustrating,” Bruin co-head coach Scott Savoie said. “To shoot yourself in the foot so much, it’s just frustrating. But we’re hoping that it’s just a learning lesson for us and that we’ll be able to overcome it.
“In reality, though, that’s not always going to happen. When you’re playing good teams and you make mistakes like that, they’re going to be drive stoppers.”
That wasn’t the case on Friday, though, as the Bruins were able to overcome their own obstacles. Thanks largely to a second-straight week of dominating play by its offense, Bear River rushed for 219 yards.
Senior Sam Houston had nearly half that total, racking up 101 yards on 14 carries. It was the second-straight week that Houston broke the 100-yard mark, with 178 yards in last week’s 50-43 victory.
“My line is amazing. They’re amazing, that’s all I can say,” Houston said. “It’s the best line I’ve ever run behind. They’ve got my back and I’ve got theirs.
“We wanted to make a statement on offense and we did. And our defense knew it had to step up this week and they did it.”
The Bruins are back in action next Friday, traveling to Golden Sierra.
Bear River 24, Capital Christian 7
CC (1-1) 0 0 7 0 – 7
BR (2-0) 7 14 3 0 – 24
BR – Chris Carcido 15 run (Jack Tortorici kick), 2:33.
BR – James Harris 1 run (Tortorici kick), 4:32.
BR – James Harris 1 run (Tortorici kick), 1:04.
BR – Tortorici 21 field goal, 4:44.
CC – David Oates 43 run (Oates kick), :00.
Capital Christian, Bo Reid 9-38, Oates 5-56. Bear River, Sam Houston 14-101, Carcido 4-23, Jimmy Bamburg 4-15, James Harris 3-7, Josh Toft 4-11, Dallen Heutter 1-5, Sean O’Brien 10-56, Jake Cross 2-8.
Capital Christian, Oates 1-8-1 for 12 yards. Bear River, Harris 2-5-0 for 25 yards.
Capital Christian, Brock Hansen 1-12. Bear River, Tyler Quirarte 1-10, Carcido 1-15.
It was over when …
Bear River quarterback James Harris spilled into the end zone from one yard out, his second quarterback keeper for a touchdown in the first half, as the Bruins took a 21-0 lead with less than a minute remaining before the break. Capital Christian, hit hard by injuries, allowed the game clock to run without being stopped throughout the second half.
The Bruin defense certainly came up big after allowing 43 points last week, but considering Capital Christian’s offense was without its maestro in junior quarterback Jacob Woehler (concussion), there wasn’t much the Cougars could do. That’s why this week’s game ball goes to the Bruin offensive line, which paved the way to more than 200 rushing yards for the second-straight week.
Through the first 24 minutes of play, Capital Christian’s offense had managed a mere 10 yards from the line of scrimmage and no first downs. All four of the Cougars’ first-half possessions ended in punt formation.
Capital Christian wasn’t the only team without one of its stars Friday night. Bear River wide receiver Joey Reina stood on the sideline with the assistance of a pair of crutches after suffering an ankle injury late in last week’s win. Reina hopes to be back on the field for Golden Sierra next week, but Bruin co-head coach Scott Savoie said they’ll take another look at his ankle early next week before making any decisions … Bruin linebacker Sean O’Brien got the call to carry the ball as Bear River ran out the clock in the second half. The senior relished the role, delivering big hits to would-be tacklers while racking up 56 yards on 10 second-half totes … Jack Tortorici, Bear River’s junior kicker, converted all three PATs and added a 21-yard field goal.
The “Battle of the Bears” as Savoie called it in the post-game huddle, encouraging his players to “Get ready to get physical.” Bear River travels to Golden Sierra, a former league foe that it once played annually for a trophy that goes home with the winner. Savoie said the Bruins will dig the old piece of hardware – which Bear River has owned since a 29-6 win over the Grizzlies in 1997 – out of the trophy case, dust it off and put it up for grabs next week. Golden Sierra lost to Capital Christian 27-20 in week one.
The junior varsity Bruins didn’t have much trouble taking care of business Friday night, moving to 2-0 on the season after Cody Heard’s three rushing touchdowns, Dillon Smith’s two touchdown passes and J’Sean Harwood’s first career rushing touchdown.
“We started out flat,” Bruin coach Chris Bean said. “We struggled to get it going. And it’s unfortunate, because once this team figures it out, they can be a very good team.
“Overall, I’m pleased. Everybody got in the game, which is important to me as a coach.”
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