Bruins bully Matadors
The Bear River football team wasted no time in terminating any hopes Mira Loma had of winning Friday in the third Pioneer Valley League game for the Bruins, who entered the game 1-1 in league and beat host Mira Loma 36-0.
Brock Boyle pounced into the end zone for the first score of the game for Bear River, rushing from 4 yards out just two minutes into the game.
Following a turnover on downs by the Matadors, the Bruins took all of one play to add to their lead.
David Wheeler, who scored two touchdowns in the game, ran for a 53-yard touchdown on the first play of Bear River’s second drive. Following a missed extra point, the Bruins were up 13-0.
On the second play of the second quarter, Boyle ran in another 4-yard touchdown, his second of the night. After another missed point after, Bear River entered the second half up 19-0.
“After halftime,” said Bruin head coach Scott Savoie, “we were trying not to rub (Mira Loma’s) nose in it.
“The second half gave us a chance to work on things we need to improve.”
In the third quarter, Bear River’s defense turned up the heat.
After Wheeler scored his second of the night five minutes into the third quarter by rushing 21 yards for the six points, Kyle Reid picked off Mira Loma quarterback Danny Chemelka and ran it to the Matadors’ 10.
Chemelka finished the game 3-of-12 passing with 55 yards and two picks.
After a tough goal-line stand by Mira Loma, Savoie opted to let Brian Huey kick a 27-yard field goal, despite having missed two PATs in the first half.
Following Huey’s field goal, the Bruins didn’t allow Mira Loma’s offense to pass its own 38-yard line the rest of the quarter.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Huey put it past the goal line himself on a 1-yard carry.
Mira Loma made a late drive that totaled close to 60 yards, but when Chemelka threw his second interception of the night, the majority of the fans on the home side headed for their cars.
“After the loss to Oakmont,” Savoie said, “we had our backs to the wall. Our kids have reacted in a positive way Ð we’re winning.”
As for the rest of the season, Savoie and his players know exactly what it’s going to take to get a shot at the league title.
“It’s pretty plain and simple,” he said. “We’re going to have to beat West Campus, Mesa Verde … basically win out if we want a chance at league.”
The win boosts Bear River to 2-1 in the PVL and knocks Mira Loma to 0-3.
The Bear River junior varsity football squad won in similar fashion, 33-2 at Mira Loma.
On offense, Travis Heard set a Bruin JV record with a 99-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, Ryan Polisso nabbed his sixth interception in as many games.
The Bruins advance to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in league.
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