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Bruins have Scott Savoie grinning

Bear River head football coach Scott Savoie left the Rio Linda High School football field after Saturday’s five-team scrimmage with a smile on his face.

The first-year head coach, who took the reins from long time head man Terry Logue after eight years as a Bruins assistant coach last spring, had high marks for the 2002 model.

“I saw some great things out there. I was really happy with the level of contact. We had some kids getting after it. We saw a lot of speed (from the other teams) out there and we did a good job dealing with that,” he said. “Overall, I was very pleased with what I saw.”



OFFENSE

On the arms of quarterbacks Keith Roberts and Josh Rumsey, Bear River’s passing game was on target.




Keith Marin, a returning starter at tight end, along with Wil Thomas and varsity newcomer Bryan Hart, sparkled in the passing lanes.

“I don’t think we ran the ball as well as we expected, but we threw the ball a lot better than expected,” Savoie said.

In the backfield, Cody Yeager, Jeff Duran and John Szkotak impressed Savoie.

“Cody’s real quick. His kind of speed is a good thing to have back there,” he said.

DEFENSE

Senior Seth Morsey, a returning two-way starter, paced the Bruins’ defensive line.

“We played against the option really well. And that’s good because we’re going to be seeing that a lot this year,” Savoie said.

Savoie also praised the work of senior Zach Cross and juniors Matt Stuber, Sean Belnap and Clay Reason in the trenches.

Marin, a starter at linebacker/defensive end last season, and Chad Anderson impressed Savoie at the linebacker spot.

“On offense, he made some nice catches, but he was a hammer (Saturday). His level of intensity was a great thing to see. He brought it,” Savoie said.

The defensive backfield also got its share of kudos.

Thomas, who started at free safety as a sophomore last season, John Savoie, Scott Keever and Chris MacDonald played well.

Bear River will open the season at home against Center of Antelope 7:30 p.m. Friday.


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