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Bruins working on streak

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The Bear River football team has had Woodcreek of Roseville’s number in the past six years.

The Bruins have gone 6-0 in that span, and will look to keep the streak alive in their preseason matchup in Roseville Friday night.

“Our varsity has never lost to them, but they have a new head coach (in) Joe Mazzuca. He’s a former Sac State player and coach and he’s come in and is doing a good job with them,” Savoie said. “Woodcreek has always been a big school with good athletes, now they’re more than that.”



The Timberwolves, who won a school record five games last year, lost by 16 points to Colfax in the season opener, but Savoie warned not to read too much into the final score.

“You see 22-6 and you think blowout, but it wasn’t that way at all. Colfax played pretty tough defense against them, but the real difference was (Colfax) blocked a punt and and had a big punt return, which led to two of their scores,” Savoie said. “Woodcreek lost that game on special teams.”




Woodcreek’s biggest weapon will line up under center.

Senior quarterback Brandon Smith (6-foot, 170 pounds) threw for 987 yards and 12 touchdowns and earned All-Sierra Foothill League honors last year.

“He’s got a very strong arm and he’s a good athlete. We’ll see the option, dive option and the bootleg out of him, and sometimes he’ll just get out and run,” Savoie said. “We beat them 16-6 last year, so that not exactly a blowout, and he hurt us then. He has our respect.”Running backs Justin Willis (6-1, 180) and Brad Allen (6-2, 195), carry the load for the Timberwolves ground game.

“Woodcreek has a big offensive line, but it’s Smith, Willis and Alllen, those are the guys. They’re all dangerous,” Savoie added.

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Adam Fidler (6-4, 260) and Chris Fleming (6-3, 250) anchor the the defensive line, with Lonnie Galbrick (6-1, 205) lurking at linebacker.

The Bruins (1-0 overall) held on to beat Center 24-21 seven days ago, but will face a much tougher opponent Friday Savoie said.

“Center was big up front (too) but they had (the equivalent two fullbacks) in the backfield, Woodcreek’s got some speed too go along with their big boys up front. This is a step up from last week,” Savoie said.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.


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