Bruins take down Lancers |

Bruins take down Lancers

A team that tallies a total of 50 points with more than three minutes to go in the game should be able to relax the rest of the way. Right?

Wrong. Bear River had no time to relax in a penalty-riddled 50-43 season-opening home win Friday night over the Cordova Lancers.

Quarterback James Harris connected with wide receiver Joey Reina in the far corner for a 30-yard touchdown pass with three minutes, 18 seconds left in the game to put the Bruins up 50-35. But nothing came easy.

The Bruins were consistently pushed back by penalties on their final scoring drive, including an illegal motion penalty followed by a false start penalty. The penalties put the Bruins at fourth and 22, and yet they came through.

Still, the Lancers came roaring back up the field with their final score – plus a two-point conversion – with 2:40 left.

The Bruins ran down the clock in their final possession to hold on for the win.

Neither teams’ defense was able to stop the opposition offense throughout most of the game, especially in the second half.

While the Lancers didn’t have much trouble marching down the field, the Bruins had the lead for much of the game and held onto the ball for significant chunks in the second half.

For the first score of the second half, Bear River had the ball for nearly six minutes to start, scoring on a 9-yard Sam Houston run with 6:24 left in the third quarter. Houston’s score put the Bruins up 36-21.

Two minutes later, Elijah Qualls rushed for a Lancers’ touchdown. And so the see-saw game rolled on.

Despite the continual scoring barrage, a couple the Bruins did boast a couple of defensive pluses including Anthony Gartner’s block of a Cordova extra point. Earlier, defensive back Dallen Huetter stepped in front of Cordova quarterback Mike Hick’s pass to score a short touchdown off the interception.

Cordova and Bear River had never squared off prior to Friday’s game. Cordova finished 3-7 overall last year playing in the Sierra Valley league. The Lancers are playing in the Capital Athletic League this year.

The Bruins attempt to avenge last year’s 29-14 loss to Capital Christian in next Friday’s home game. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

JV: Bear River 38, Cordova 6

Quarterback Dillon Smith tossed five touchdown passes in the Bruins rout of the junior varsity Lancers.

“We asked him to step up and he did,” said Bruins coach Chris Bean.

A key offensive drive to score before half time set the tone for the rest of the game, putting the Bruins up 20-6, Bean said.

“The kids worked real hard and the defense stepped up,” Bean said.

Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4234.

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