Bruins fall at Woodcreek
ROSEVILLE – Good.
That was how the Bear River football team’s night progressed in its non-league matchup with host Woodcreek (Roseville) Friday .
The Bruins, who came into the game up 8-0 in the teams’ all-time series, hit pay dirt on their first possession, but were outscored five touchdowns to one the rest of the way en route to a 34-14 loss.
Bear River (1-1 overall) head coach Scott Savoie pointed to multiple turnovers – Woodcreek’s defense tallied three interceptions and recovered a fumble on the night – and untimely penalties as some of the biggest reasons for the loss.
“I really thought, offensively, we stopped ourselves. We moved the ball well, but we had three turnovers, one of which was in the red zone, and that really (hurt us,), and (we had) some really big penalties,” he said. “I told the guys all week we couldn’t give (Woodcreek any room to breathe), or they’d get more confident as the game went along, and that turned out to be true.
“I think it would be great if you never lose. I would have loved to go 13-0 this year, (but it didn’t happen). We can learn from this. I think we’re going to come to practice Monday with (a lot more) intensity.”
Junior running back David Wheeler, who rushed for a career-high 178 yards on 17 carries and scored both of Bear River’s touchdowns, said Woodcreek’s defense made the proper adjustments as the game went on.
“In the first quarter, it was all our offensive line. They were opening big holes for us,” he said. “But in the second quarter, (Woodcreek) came out (fired up and gave us trouble).”
The Bruin defense held the high-octane Timberwolves (1-1) running game to just 138 yards on 34 carries, but couldn’t find an answer for senior fullback Blaire Brown.
Brown, who scored twice in Woodcreek’s 40-24 loss to Casa Roble (Orangevale) in the teams’ season opener Sept. 10, finished with a team-best 97 yards on 21 carries and scored four times.
“He was a tough runner. He was very hard to bring down,” Wheeler said of Brown.
Down 7-0 with 7 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter, the hosts got a break when they recovered a fumble deep in Bruin territory.
Brown got to the 1-yard-line on a 9-yard run off left tackle on first down, then plunged in form a yard out two plays later to the delight of the home crowd.
Bear River stayed on top, however, when Woodcreek kicker Brad Langley’s PAT was wide left. But the Bruin’s lead didn’t last long.
Brown scored from 16 yards out late in the second quarter to give the hosts the lead for good.
For Bear River, Brock Boyle rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries. Robbie Frank hauled in a pair of catches for a team-high 33 yards. Bruin quarterback Michael Fredrickson went 8-for-21 for 86 yards and three interceptions.
For the defense, linebacker J.D. Moore finished with a team-high 15 tackles. Tackle Alex Wolosz was close behind with 10 stops. Matt Mocek, who had a catch for 16 yards, and Keagan Robison chipped in eight tackles each. Jeremiah Bennet recovered a fumble.
Axel Wadman had a team-best 11 tackles and Travis Heard scored a touchdown in the Bruins’ 14-7 loss at Woodcreek Friday.
Garrett Gregory totaled two sacks in the loss. Ryan Polisso had an interception.
Bear River will play at Pleasant Valley (Chico) 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Woodcreek 34, Bear River 14
Bear River (1-1) 7 0 0 7 14
Woodcreek (1-1) 6 6 8 14 34
BR – David Wheeler 31 run (Michael Fedrickson kick), 10:19
WC – Blaine Brown 2 run (kick failed), 6:36
WC – Brown 16 run (pass failed)
WC – Ehab Tayeh 2 pass from David Lierly (Lierly run), 7:11
WC – Brown 1 run (Brad Langely kick), 7:15
BR – Wheeler 5 run (Fredrickson kick), 3:24
WC – Brown 6 run (Langely kick)
Team BR WC
First Downs 10 10
Rushing Yards 31-241 34-137
Passing Yards 86 43
Passing Comp-Att-Int 8-21-3 3-12-0
Penalties 4-50 6-70
Rushing – BR: Wheeler 17-178, Boyle 15-33, Fredrickson 4-24, Welch 1-6; WC: Brown 21-97, Weld 5-13, Tafoya 1-12, Lierly 2-9, Meacham 2-5, Mummert 3-2, Dutra 1 (minus).
Passing – BR: Fredrickson 8-21-86-0, WC: Lierly 3-12-43-1
Receiving – BR: Frank 2-33, Wheeler 2-20, Reid 3-17, Mocek 1-16; WC: Tafoya 1-26, Langley 2-17.
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