Bruins look to end season with win (VIDEO) |

Bruins look to end season with win (VIDEO)

Bear River's Braden Duncan fires a game-winning 35-yard touchdown pass to Kris Edie during a game againt Eureka earlier this season. The Bruins wrap up their season at Foothill tonight.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |


Who: Bear River vs. Foothill

When: 7:30 p.m., today

Where: Foothill High School

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Bear River travels to Foothill for its final game of the year tonight, trying to salvage a winning season and end on a high note for its seniors.

Both the Bruins and the Mustangs are winless (0-4) in the Pioneer Valley League, but only one team will have the pleasure of tasting a league victory this season, while the other will finish in the basement. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

“It’s the last game, so it’s kind of big for the seniors,” said senior linebacker David Chorjel. “We want to go out with a win, end our football season; our memories on a win, go out strong, go out happy. We’re pretty confident going into this game. We’ve just been preparing like any other team and (co-head coaches Scott Savoie and Terry Logue) have told us we shouldn’t take anyone lightly.”

This game will also mark the end for a lot of young athletes’ playing careers, who may or may not pursue athletics at the collegiate level. A lot of emotions will surely be shown out on the field and only memories will remain.

“It means a lot to us, especially our seniors, because it’s the last game of football we’re ever going to play,” said senior starting right guard Brandon Leipsic, who will be making his return from a concussion he sustained against Center. “Yeah, for me personally, I don’t think a lot of us are going to be putting on pads, like competitive aspect, after this game. We’ve been preparing for (Foothill) like anyone else. We’re both 0-4 in league so they’re going to be searching for their first win, and same with us.”

As far as the game itself, on paper it’s the most winnable game the Bruins have had all season. No doubt they are the heavy favorites and will be expected to win. Of course, after losing four in a row, flipping the switch and finding motivation is never easy, especially when the glamour of the postseason has faded away.

“Yeah, definitely, we just want to finish off with a win,” said senior running back Michael Tipton. “It’s my last year ever playing. It definitely means a lot. It’s a lot of passion going through the team and stuff like that.”

There isn’t a whole lot to know about, to say about the Mustangs. They’ve struggled all season long, even more so than Bear River. Foothill (1-8, 0-4 PVL) has been outscored 402-112. Its only win came against Natomas (0-9) back in week five, the same week in which Bear River won its last game versus Eureka. The Mustangs certainly have all the same reasons to get up for this game, too.

“It was kind of a downfall, losing to Colfax and having that losing streak,” said junior outside linebacker Cole Clark. “If we win this, it will mean a lot because our senior could leave high school with a victory.”

In each of its eight losses the Mustangs have failed to score more than 14 points. Its closet margin of defeat was 23 points, a 30-7 versus Davis. Last season the team finished 1-9, and its final loss came at Bear River, 42-13. The Bruins’ six touchdowns all came in the first half for a 42-7 lead. The Bruins finished the game with 20 rushes for 211 yards and also passed for 144 yards.

“I hope our team wins and goes out strong, with a 6-4 record,” said junior starting center Sam Elizondo. “Our offense hasn’t been that great for the past four weeks. I think we’re really going to pull it together here because it’s the last game — might as well go out with a nice good hit and a strong finish.”

A victory Friday night would definitely help ease the pain from these last four weeks and more importantly give the seniors something to smile about as they step off the field for the final time.

“I’m not sure how this game is going to go because we haven’t been playing extremely well these last four weeks, so we’ll just see what happens,” said junior defensive lineman Cannon Fetter. “What this game means to our seniors is a lot more than us. I think it would be good to help put them off with a victory with the end of their season.”

To contact Sports Writer Brian Shepard, call 530-477-4234 or email provided all stats and rankings.

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