Bruins can’t afford to look past Center |

Bruins can’t afford to look past Center

Despite Center’s 1-5 record, Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie doesn’t want his team to look past tonight’s foe.

“We prepare the same for Center that we do for anybody else,” Savoie said. “We work real hard to make sure our kids respect their opponents.”

Bear River (4-2 overall, 0-1 league) has defeated Center 13 straight times including a playoff game in 2004. The Bruins defeated the Cougars in the last matchup in 2007, 38-0.

Even though the Cougars (0-1 Pioneer Valley League) have struggled, that doesn’t mean they don’t have good players, Savoie said.

“They do a lot of good things and then some things go haywire on them,” Savoie said. “They’re just struggling as a team.”

While Savoie viewed video from Center football games, he wasn’t entirely sure what to expect on the field in tonight’s homecoming game.

“They’re trying a lot of different things offensively,” Savoie said. The Cougars have used two different quarterbacks and the “power I shift,” he added.

“Defensively, they’ve been 6-2, 5-4, 5-3,” Savoie said. “In preparation, it makes it unnerving.”

But Bear River is working on getting better every week, he said.

“We have to be mistake free,” Savoie said.

Despite hanging close in last week’s game with Placer, mistakes hurt the Bruins against the team Savoie and co-head coach Terry Logue considered the probable top team in the Pioneer Valley League.

“There’s a lot of football yet to be played,” Savoie said. “We just have to play our game cleaner.”

After tonight’s game with Center, the Bruins face off with Lincoln ( 5-1, 1-0) and finish up with Foothill (3-3, 0-1) and Colfax (4-2, 1-0).

The Bruins offense leads with their running game.

Sam Houston is leading Bear River, averaging 102 yards per game. He has 614 yards on 116 carries.

Jimmy Bamburg leads the Bruins defense with 48 tackles, including 28 solo.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4234.

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