Bruins set sights toward PVL title |

Bruins set sights toward PVL title

Bear River will take its first step toward the Pioneer Valley League title when Oakmont (Roseville) invades J. David Ramsey Stadium in the teams’ league opener Friday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Bruins (1-2 overall), who opened the year with a convincing win over Center (Antelope), have dropped two straight.

Oakmont edged two-time defending Capital Valley Conference champ Foothill (Sacramento) in the season opener.

The Vikings (2-1) followed that up with a 35-26 loss to Amador, then rebounded with a an 18-14 victory over El Dorado (Placerville) last Friday.

In the teams’ six previous meetings, the Bruins hold a 5-1 advantage in the win column, including last season’s 25-0 drubbing in the season finale in Roseville.


The Vikings, who are second in the PVL in total offense with 334.7 yards per contest, boast one of the top quarterback-receiver combinations in the area in seniors K.C. Patterson (6-3, 202) and Eddie Duran (5-9, 150).

Patterson leads the league though the air with 502 yards on 34-of-60 passing, but hasn’t been much of a force in putting points on the board with just a pair of touchdown passes.

Duran, a running back, is second in the league among receivers with 290 yards on 21 catches, including a touchdown.

He’s proven to be just as dangerous on the ground.

Duran has gobbled up 218 yards on 27 totes, highlighted by three scores.

The Bruin defense won’t be able to key just on Duran though, as senior Mike Balluf, who has totaled 209 yards on 29 touches and scored three times, will be there to pick up the slack.

Bear River will also have to keep an eye on wide receiver Michael Streeter (6-0, 171).

The senior is second on the team and eighth in the PVL in receiving with 112 yards on four catches.


While the Vikings have allowed teams to rack up a fair amount of real estate – Foothill totaled 388 yards of total offense and El Dorado totaled 345 combined yards – they enter the game giving up an average of 3.5 points in the fourth quarters of their last two games.

Leading the way for the Oakmont defensive unit are linebacker Blake Kennedy (6-0, 217) and defensive back Darnell Henry (5-10, 170).

The duo have are atop the team’s defensive stat sheet with 21 tackles each.

Senior defensive back Scott Potter (5-9, 166) is close behind in the team’s total tackle count with 18.

Junior defensive tackle Todd Eyster (6-2, 220) and junior defensive back (6-1, 172) have 15 tackles each.

Last week’s opponent:

Fair Oaks Jr. Broncos

Mighty Mite

Fair Oaks 32, Bear River 0

Game notes: The Jr. Broncos scored early and often against the Jr. Bruins. Bear River responded in the second half with some defensive adjustments but were unable to get into the end zone.

Jr. Pee Wee

Bear River 8 6 6 7 – 27

Fair Oaks 0 0 6 0 – 6

Game notes: The Jr. Bruin defense came up big with a couple of key sacks. Jimmy Bamburg rushed for two touchdowns and kicked an extra point. Roger Lillie and Cody Herd each had a touchdown and Stone Saunder ran in an extra-point conversion.

Pee Wee

Bear River 8 0 0 7 – 15

Fair Oaks 0 6 6 0 – 12

Game notes: Bear River’s Zach Welz ran for a 40-yard touchdown early and added another 20-yard run in the fourth quarter for the game-winning points. Linemen Jon and Bill Otwell controlled the line of scrimmage for the Jr. Bruins. Tackle Laer Howard was a force on both sides of the ball. Boddi Winegar had four sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered a fumble from his defensive end position. Middle linebacker Cody Pierce had 10 solo tackles and a sack. Taylor King also had two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Jr. Midget

Bear River 14 6 7 0 – 27

Fair Oaks 0 0 0 0 – 0

Game notes: Jr. Bruin quarterback Casey O’Donnell was 5-of-6 passing for 91 yards, including an 18-yard strike to Clay Haverty for a score. Running backs Cole White and Brandon Fry combined for 236 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Jacob Harris had a big hit on a Bronco kick returner to help secure good field position to start the second half. The defensive line, led by Trenton Robinson, held the Broncos to only eight yards rushing. Cody Van Fosser and the rest of the defensive backs allowed just one completion for eight yards.


Report not available

Nevada Union Jr. Miners

Last week’s opponent:

Granite Bay Jr. Grizzlies

Mighty Mite

Nevada Union 7 12 – 19

Granite Bay 13 7 – 20

Game notes: The Jr. Miners came up just short in their game with the Jr. Grizzlies, though they had little trouble moving the ball. Johnny Callas had 180 yards and two touchdowns rushing, while Josh Belendez added 74 yards and a touchdown. Gareth Noxon had 63 rushing yards and Chase Loper finished with 58 yards. The defensive line of Chuck Federmeyer, Tyler Furman, Aaron Smith and Noxon made several plays to keep the game close.

Jr. Pee Wee

Nevada Union 0 0 0 0 – 0

Granite Bay 0 7 6 6 – 19

Game notes: The Jr. Grizz came to town after having only one touchdown scored against them all season and the Jr. Miners were not able to change that. Defensively, Jacob Karpella had an interception for the Jr. Miners, while Ian Davis recovered a muffed punt. Linebackers Cane Rich, Luke Wills, Nate Duffy, Jeff Murray and linemen Colin Subbottin, Jake Hofheinz, Tanner Vallejo, Nate Dickinson, Gabe Humphers and Hank Humphers provided big stops for the defense.

Pee Wee

Nevada Union 0 6 0 0 0 – 6

Granite Bay 6 0 0 0 7 – 13

Game notes: After regulation ended in a 6-6 tie, the Jr. Grizzlies were able to escape with a 13-6 overtime win. The Jr. Miners were led by quarterback Brock Kraus 4-of-8 passing for 68 yards and running back Justin Fike’s 11 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Bryce Davidson had a key fourth-down reception to set up Fikes’ 15-yard touchdown run. Defensive linemen Jake Finau, Tyler Balistieri, Jonathon Danly, Jacob Rosales offered a strong front, while Jeremy Gonzales made three consecutive, second-quarter stops inside the five yard line to keep Granite Bay out of the end zone and defensive back Eric Babin intercepted a pass at the Miner 18 yard line to end a Jr. Grizzly drive. Davidson pulled down a Kraus pass on the one-yard line on the Jr. Miners last play in OT, leaving Granite Bay on top.

Jr. Midget

Nevada Union 0 0 0 0 – 0

Granite Bay 16 12 7 0 – 35

Game notes: The Jr. Grizzlies came into the game after outscoring their previous opponents 94-0. Jr. Miner lineman Grant Bandy scooped up a Granite Bay fumble and returned it 15 yards. Also for Nevada Union, quarterback Daniel Charvoz hooked up with receiver Zach Vallejo for a 35-yard pass play.


Granite Bay 30, Nevada Union 0

Game notes: Not available

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User