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Bruins have a streak to run with Center

It was the second Friday in September of 1995 when the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football champion Bear River squared off against Center of Antelope.

The Cougars, who posted a less-than-impressive 4-6 overall record the year before, should have been nothing more than a speed bump on the Bruin’s road to a repeat.

They must have not received the memo.



Center bombed the Bruins 28-7.

The Bruins got over that relative embarrassment, eventually earning a return trip to section finals, but never forgot.




Bear River has beaten Center in six straight season openers and will look to make it seven at home 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“We beat them 28-7 last year, but I saw them over the summer, and they’re better than they were last year,” Bruin head coach Scott Savoie said. “They have a lot of team speed. They’ve got a legitimate halfback, a mobile quarterback and a really good tight end.”

The Cougars used the now graduated 6-foot, 4-inch 260 pound fullback Manukia Tupou as well as monstrous offensive line to take an early lead two seasons ago before Bear River turned it around.

“They don’t look to be as huge a team as Center teams from the past, but they seem to be quicker,” Savoie added.


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