Bruins-Colfax game huge |

Bruins-Colfax game huge

John HartBear River wide receiver Bryan Hart heads downfield against Del Oro. He and the rest of the Bruins hope to beat rival Colfax this weekend to set up a good seed in the playoffs.
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This is it.

The game Bear River football fans have had circled on their calendars since August.

It’s Colfax week.

The neighborhood rivals, who enter the game tied for first in the Pioneer Valley League, will play for more than bragging rights in Colfax 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A win puts Bear River (7-1 overall, 4-0 Pioneer Valley League) is in the driver’s seat for its first league title since 1997, and more importantly, the inside track at a berth in the postseason.

A loss, and the Bruins would have to beat second place Oakmont of Roseville (6-2, 3-1) in their regular season finale for a shot at second pace and a spot in the playoffs.

“Oakmont (of Roseville) is still in the picture too, but this is the showdown for all of the PVL marbles, no doubt about it,” Bear River head coach Scott Savoie said.

The Falcons (8-0, 4-0), who beat Bear River 35-23 in the preseason last year, can get it done on offense both through the air and on the ground.

Junior quarterback Ben Galbraith (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) is second in the league in passing with 1,505 yards with 19 touchdowns.

“I see him as the classic, drop back passer. He’s big and he’s got a strong arm,” Savoie said.

Colfax has seven receivers who have caught touchdown passes this season, but Galbraith’s favorite targets are Mike McCoy (6-0, 185) and Drew Hamm (5-10, 170).

McCoy, who transferred from Bear River last year, leads the league in receiving yards (941) and is second in scoring with 60 points.

Hamm, who has four touchdown catches this year, has totaled 281 yards on 17 catches.

The Falcons can grind out on the ground too.

Nick Paskey (5-9, 180) leads the Falcon running attack with for 564 yards on 83 carries with six touchdowns. Matt Christopher (5-8, 155) and Hamm are also play a big role in the rushing game with a combined 483 yards on 85 carries with five touchdowns.

“Their passing game gets a lot of the glory and fame, but Paskey has turned in a bunch of 100-yard games. I would call them a big-play offense, but they can grind it out too,” Savoie said.

“We have a lot of confidence in our defense, but this will be a different kind of test for us. Mesa Verde and Vanden passed the ball, but they were predominantly running teams. Colfax are as balanced as you get,” he added.

Bruin frosh beat Colfax

David Wheeler scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead the Bear River freshman football team to a 16-7 win over host Colfax Thursday.

Landon Savioe led the Bruin defense with six tackles and two sacks.

Evan Jensen chipped in five tackles. Donnie Militano finished with three tackles and a sack.

Bear River (9-0 overall, 5-0 Pioneer Valley League) will host Oakmont of Roseville 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

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