Bruins’ win looks better on tape
The fans at the Bear River football team’s season opener with visiting Center of Antelope got a lot of bang for their buck Friday.
They saw junior halfback Cody Yeager and senior fullback Jeff Duran combine for 228 yards and two touchdowns as they ran on roughshod over the beefy Cougar defense.
They saw junior quarterback Josh Rumsey – who hit 10 of 17 for 120 yards and a touchdown – put on a show both in the pocket and on the run while his targets, Bryan Hart and Keith Roberts, came up big in the passing lanes.
“We had contact over the summer at the Sac State camp, so we had a pretty good feel for what Cody, Jeff, Keith and Bryan could do, but at the quarterback position, you just never know,” Bruin head coach Scott Savoie said. “That was (Josh’s) first time under the Friday night lights and I felt he dealt with the pressure very well.”
The Cardinal and Grey faithful also saw what looked like a blowout win in the making come down to the wire.
Down 24-7 with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Center scored two touchdowns in a one-minute, 18-second span to cut the lead to three points.
The clock ran out on the visitors’ comeback hopes and the Bruins escaped with a win.
“The last three and a half minutes of the game kinda knocked the wind out of me, but after looking at the game film, it became pretty clear we did some great things on offense out there,” Savoie said. “But defensively, we found some things we need to work on.”
The Bruin defense was solid in spurts, but gave Center hope to thanks to the big play.
Cougar wide receiver Tyler Alexander beat the Bruin secondary deep for a 65-yard score midway through the second quarter, then burned the defense again when he hit paydirt from short range late in the game.
“I was happy that or offense was able to carry us because there are going to be times when we’re going to expect our defense to carry us,” Savoie said. “I thought we did some good things on defense, but it’s just that we weren’t consistent. We just gave up (too many) big plays.”
Bear River will play at Woodcreek 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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