Bruins face Cougars of a different sort
The first thing Bear River fans might notice about tonight’s season opener at J. David Ramsey will likely be the Bruins’ opponent.
They are Cougars, but they’re not from Antelope.
“It’s most definitely not Center,” said Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie. “And this is the first year since I’ve been at Bear River that we haven’t opened with Center, so honestly, it’s a little strange.”
When Capital Christian kicks things off with host Bear River, it will mark the first time since 1994 that the Bruins won’t open with a matchup against the Center Cougars.
Bear River owned that series, posting a 13-1 record against the Cougars, with the only loss (28-7) coming in 1995.
But aside from sharing the same mascot, Capital Christian and Center seem to have little else in common. These Cougars have posted a 17-5 mark over the past two seasons, including an appearance in the Division VI section championship last fall.
And, unlike Center, Capital Christian likes to air things out ” early and often. Last season, the Cougars totaled 3,318 passing yards. And although prolific passer Kramer Hagan graduated, his top target ” and younger brother ” Spencer Hagan is back for more.
A highly touted receiving recruit, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 180-pound Hagan hauled in 52 catches for 928 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
As much of a problem that Hagan might present to the Bruin defensive secondary, however, Bear River’s coaches believe their best asset is in the trenches.
“There’s no question that this will be a completely different look for us, and that will be good for us,” said Savoie. “In the playoffs and in our league, we’re seeing a lot more spread and ace-back offenses.
“I’m excited about the challenge. I want to see how my offensive line handles it. And that’s their strength, they have three returning starters on the offensive line and three returning starters on the defensive line.”
For co-head coach Terry Logue, tonight’s opener will offer a good opportunity to evaluate where the Bruins are in their development ” and where they need to go.
“We want a win, No. 1,” Logue said. “But we’ve got a lot of new faces on both offense and defense. We’re really green on the defensive line and we’re really green on the offensive line. So, in both of those areas, it will be interesting to see how we do in that first game.
“We’ve got a long way to go, though. We really do.”
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