Bruins blast Vanden, 28-7
FAIRFIELD – The Bear River football team made it look easy in its 28-7 win over host Vanden Friday.
The Bruins (7-1 overall, 3-1 Pioneer Valley League), who entered the non-league contest in sole possession of first place in the PVL, turned in big plays in both sides of the ball to beat the Capital Valley Conference’s No.2 team.
“That was a very good team we beat tonight. They’re big and physical. I’m very pleased with my team,” Bear River head coach Scott Savoie said.
The Bruin running game didn’t have the services of either starting halfback Cody Yeager or fullback and leading scorer Jeff Duran, but it didn’t miss a beat.
Chad Anderson, a converted offensive lineman who filled in at fullback for Duran at home against Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights Oct. 25, along with Dusty Tabellija and Keith Roberts, helped pick The junior ran roughshod over the burly Viking defense for a pair of short range scores.
“He’s done a huge job for us right now. To me, he just seems to be a kid who loves to play football,” Savoie said.
Bear River’s defense, led by senior Seth Morsey, also turned in a clutch performance.
Vanden running back Jason Dean, who came into the game with over 1,100 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns, was held to 39 yards on nine carries with no scores.
“Our goal was to not let him break one loose. When we watched him on film, it wasn’t unusual too see him break a 50 or 60-yard run. We wanted to make him earn his yards,” Savoie said.
Bear River led 7-0 after an Anderson one-yard plunge midway through the first quarter, but the Vikings came back to tie it up with a Kris Battle 10-yard run late in the second.
Bear River came right back with what may be their biggest, big play of the season.
The Bruins, who began their drive on their own 14-yard line, mixed run and pass to moved the ball to Vanden’s 23.
Bruin quarterback Josh Rumsey missed the target on the first two downs, then was sacked on third as time ran down.
It was fourth down and 19 with 5.3 seconds left in the first half when Rumsey made some magic.
Under heavy pressure, the junior found a wide open Bryan Hart in the end zone to give Bear River the lead.
” They were collapsing on me and I was gong to take off, but Bryan found an open spot (and I hit him),” Rumsey, who also connected with Keith Marin for a score said.
Bear River’s junior varsity, on a pair of Brock Boyle touchdowns, won 27-12.
BR 7 7 7 7 28
V 0 7 0 0 7
BR – Chad Anderson 1 run (John Savoie kick), 6:40.
V – Kris Battle 10 run (Allan Hermes kick), 4:17.
BR – Bryan Hart 30 pass from Josh Rumsey (Savoie kick), 0:00.
BR – Keith Marin 9 pass from Rumsey (Savoie kick), :47.7.
BR – Anderson 7 run (Savoie kick), 3:07.
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