Bruins ready to bounce back
The Bear River football team fell victim to some of the same old gremlins in its 20-12 preseason loss to visiting Del Oro of Loomis Friday.
The Bruin offense – which has scored 43 of its 50 total points in the first half this season – sputtered throughout the second half for the third straight time Friday.
“I’m a little frustrated that we haven’t scored that much in the second half,” Bruin coach Scott Savoie said. “I think it’s a combination of three things. I guess you’ve got to give some credit to the defense, but for the most part, we have gotten the (short end of the stick) when it comes to field position and we’ve had some drives stopped short because of penalties. And I have to question whether or not our conditioning is a factor. So, we’re going to have to work on all of those things.”
Final score aside, the news wasn’t all bad for Bear River.
The Bruins, which lost in the final seconds in Loomis last year, gave the defending Sierra Foothill League champion and 2001Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runners-up all it could handle in the first 24 minutes.
Junior halfback Cody Yeager turned a routine screen pass into a 57-yard score early, then struck again from eight yards out just under five minutes later to put the hosts up 12-0.
“He picked up a key block from Scott Keever out there, but the rest of it was all him. He juked a couple of guys, and outran the rest,” Savoie said.
Bear River’s defense and special teams also received rave reviews from Savoie.
“I think coach (Jeff) Baggett has done a great job with our defense. We gave up 20 points. Oak Ridge gave up 35 and Burbank (of Sacramento) gave up 32 and those are two ranked teams. And here, unranked Bear River held them to 20,” Savoie said.
“And coach (Chris) Bean has the special teams fired up. I think they’re playing real good right now,” he added.
Offensively, the Bruins aren’t quite where Savoie would like.
“I’m real happy with the play of our skill kids and with the effort of the offensive line. But we are starting four juniors up front and I’m looking for those guys to progress so we can develop a little more of an inside running game,” Savoie said.
With Friday’s loss to Del Oro in the rear view mirror, Savoie said his boys have to focus on the Pioneer Valley League opener at Lincoln in three nights .
“It’s really, really tough when you put so much into something and come up short, but that’s the way things happen sometimes,” Savoie said. “We’re going to try to turn this loss into something positive and build off it.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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