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Bruins look to beat the spread against Cougars

The past two times Bear River has taken the field with the Capital Christian Cougars, the result has been a mixed bag for the Bruins.

Bear River kicked open the door on the 2008 season with an offensive eruption that left the Cougars on the short end of a 56-35 score.

Last year, Bear River tightened things up in holding down the high-scoring Cougars – and James Lee, one of the top quarterbacks in the section – but fell 29-14.

Tonight, Bear River would see the kind of offensive execution it saw in last week’s 50-43 win over Cordova, but also a much tighter ship on the defensive side of the ball against CC’s spread attack.

“They’re pretty much running the same exact offense,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “They had a 62-yard touchdown pass against Golden Sierra (in a 27-20 win) and they’ve got good backs, too.

“Their coach (Karl Zierhut) does a good job of spreading you out and then either throw the deep ball or dink and dunk underneath.”

Though he’s yet to put up the kind of numbers Lee passed for last year (2,609 yards and 30 touchdown passes), Jacob Woehler got off to a strong start with 156 yards with two touchdowns and an interception last week. The Cougar ground game never got rolling, totaling just 30 yards on 25 carries.

On the opposite sideline, Bear River’s offense couldn’t have started much stronger.

Junior quarterback James Harris completed 11-of-15 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and interception. His favorite target, senior Joey Reina, reeled in seven catches for 138 yards and two scores.

Running back Sam Houston’s senior debut saw a yeoman effort with 29 carries for 178 yards and four touchdowns.

“We have a veteran offensive line,” Logue said. “This time a year ago, they weren’t playing very well. But in the last three to four weeks of the season, those guys came on and we knew they were going to be a big part of our success this year.

“And they were in week one.”

And they just might be in week two, as well, considering Capital Christian’s defense allowed 217 yards on the ground to Golden Sierra in its opener.

Contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

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