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Bruins keep Center from coming back

John HartA swarming Bruins line plunges after a Center fumble Friday. Center recovered the ball, but the Bruins won the game.
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The Bear River football team’s season opener with visiting Center of Antelope went from ho-hum to a nailbiter in a flash Friday.

The Bruins, on a combined 228 yards on the ground from Cody Yeager and Jeff Duran and 126 yards through the air from quarterback Josh Rumsey, led by a bunch late, but gave up a pair of touchdowns in a minute and 24 seconds in a 24-21 win.

“I’m not happy with the 24-21 thing. I thought we outplayed them and we let them make it close there at the end and that was very frustrating,” Bruin head coach Scott Savoie said.



Yeager, a junior halfback, put the hosts on the board first with a 17-yard scamper around left tackle with 2:22 left in the first quarter of the game.

Yeager finished with a game-high 150 yards on 17 carries in his varsity debut.




Rumsey then found senior wingback Keith Roberts under the uprights from 12 yards out seven and a half minutes later to put Bear River up 13-0.

“He was on the mark tonight,” Savoie said of Rumsey. “He made good decisions and just didn’t take any big losses. I was very pleased with Josh.”

Center got on the board midway through the second quarter when quarterback Monib Abhat hooked up with wide receiver Tyler Alexander for a 65-yard score.

Duran nailed a 23-yard field goal on Bear River’s next possession to give the hosts a 17-7 lead at the half.

The Bruin offense, which scored on three of its first four possessions, sputtered out of the gate to start the second half.

Bear River went three-and-out in its first two touches of the third quarter, then put an eight-play drive together on its third touch, but were forced to punt.

Duran gave Bruin fans a reason to cheer late in the third with a two-yard touchdown run.

Bear River’s Bryan Hart had four catches for a team-high 48 yards.

Chad Anderson led the Bruin defense with 13 tackles and an interception.

Matt Stuber and Matt Grimm had nine tackles each. Keith Marin and Seth Morsey each had a sack.

Center 0 7 0 14 – 21

BR 7 10 0 7 – 24


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