Bruins’ road blocked by D-I Vikings
CHICO – Friday brought with it the second loss in as many weeks for the Bear River football team.
The latest Bruin loss came at the hands of the Pleasant Valley (Chico) Vikings, who beat the Bruins 20-7 at Chico.
The game was the first between Bear River, Division III, and Pleasant Valley, D-I.
“I sure as heck came into the game expecting to score more than seven points,” Bruin coach Scott Savoie said.
For the Vikings, it may have come as a surprise they were held to 20 points.
They featured star running back Anthony Fernandez, who dominated the game with 156 yards rushing and a first-half touchdown.
“(Fernandez) was a heck of a runner, but I was disappointed he was able to run like he did,” Savoie said.
The Bruins posted respectable rushing numbers themselves, combining for 193 yards on the ground, led by Brock Boyle’s 89 yards and a touchdown. Michael Fredrickson ran the Bruin offense from quarterback, throwing 13 passes for 62 yards.
Bear River had its chances to keep itself in the game, but blew two red zone appearances, coming away with nothing both times.
In the first quarter, Savoie opted to go for it on fourth-and-5 on Pleasant Valley’s 7-yard line, but Fredrickson’s pass slipped through the fingertips of his intended receiver and the Bruins remained scoreless.
With less than three minutes remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter, Bear River was again forced to go for it on a fourth-and-5 situation on the Vikings 10-yard line. But when Kyle Reid took a spill in the end zone, Fredrickson’s pass again landed incomplete, ending the Bruins 55-yard drive on a sour note.
“To make a drive like that and then not cap it … that’s tough,” Savoie said.
Losing a game like this wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened, according to Savoie, who said that he’d much rather see his team lose in a nonleague match than in the Pioneer Valley League.
The Bruins, now 1-2 overall, kickoff the PVL at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home when they host Oakmont.
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