Bruins aim to keep streak alive
That’s the first word that Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue’s said when describing the 2014 Bruins football team.
Potential is a buzz word that many coaches use when dealing with the media, and appropriately so when a young team, like the Bruins, is yet to play a game.
But when an accomplished and long standing coach like Logue says his team has potential, I’m inclined to believe him.
After all, the Bruins have a strong senior nucleus surrounded by a group of juniors fresh off a 2013 junior varsity season where they went 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley League.
“As always it’s going to depend on if we can stay healthy and avoid injuries,” Logue said. “But we have some very good junior talent to mix in with our seniors. We have a little more athleticism than we have had in the past, our overall team speed is better than it has been in the past and we have a good group of linemen returning from last year.”
The Bruins have upped the ante in 2014, scheduling a very difficult non-league schedule that will have them ready for the gauntlet that is the PVL.
The Bruins open the season against Pacheco (2013 playoff team) Aug. 29, and follow with games against Union Mine, Argonaut and Escalon (2013 playoff team) before closing with a long trek to Eureka (2013 playoff team).
Bear River should be able to handle their business in non-league action, but will be tested along the way, which in turn will prepare them for the PVL season.
“We have our work cut out for us in league,” Logue said.
After opening the PVL season with Foothill, who went 1-9 last season, things heat up for Bear River with games at Colfax and at Placer.
Back-to-back road games against rivals is never easy, but it will be these games where we truly find out what the Bruins are made of.
After hosting Center on Halloween, Bear River closes the season with a home game against Lincoln.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for former Bear River junior varsity football coach Chris Bean, who took the varsity head coaching job for the Fighting Zebras in February.
For the Bruins, the schedule may be intimidating for a young team, but if there’s one thing that the Bruins are, it’s consistent when it comes to winning.
Bear River hasn’t had a losing season in 24 years.
“In 1988, we went 4-6 and that was the last time we had a losing season,” said Logue.
The tradition at Bear River for winning is something that all the players know about and strive to achieve, Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie said.
“We try to tie in the historical part of it,” Savoie said. “The kids are very aware of the success we’ve had here and want to carry on the torch. Nobody wants to be ‘that team.’ They don’t want to be that team that doesn’t get it done.”
In my opinion the Bruins, get it done again.
Prediction: Bear River finished 7-3 overall (4-1 in non-league play and 3-2 in PVL play) and makes the playoffs. I know this is the exact same prediction I gave for Colfax, but I believe the PVL will be a toss up this season and the winner will likely be 4-1 with a handful of teams going 3-2 or 2-3.
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