Close at home – Oakmont’s big plays down Bear River
Bear River came down on the right side of the majority of the numbers in its Pioneer Valley League opener with Oakmont (Roseville) Friday.
The host Bruins churned out 19 first downs to their guest’s four. They also more than doubled the Vikings’ rushing total at 206-94.
But when it came to the most important numbers – those on the scoreboard – Bear River came up just short.
The Vikings, who entered the game with just one win over the Bruins in their last six tries, cashed in a pair of turnovers for points and pulled off a pair of big plays late to grab a 22-21 win.
“We worked our butts off tonight. It was a really close game and I think if we would have tried just a little bit harder, we would have won,” said Bruin senior wingback Lance Welch, whose third-quarter, 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown brought the home crowd to its feet.
The Vikings improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the PVL.
The Bruins (1-3, 0-1), who opened the season with a win over Center (Antelope), have lost three straight for the first time since 1995.
Despite the outcome, Bruin head coach Scott Savoie was upbeat.
“I’m really proud of our kids. They did all of the right things this week and they battled (tonight),” he said. “(Oakmont) just big-played us. And that’s something we pride ourselves on not giving up.”
Bear River opened the scoring in the second quarter when senior fullback Brock Boyle scored the first of two touchdowns on the night from a yard out at the 10 minute, 6 second mark of the second quarter.
Boyle finished with a game-high 110 yards on 30 carries.
The Vikings sputtered on offense for the better part of the first half, punting no their first three possessions, but got a break on special teams.
Oakmont, which was held to 54 yards of total offense in the first half, turned two Bruin fumbles – one during a punt return, and another during a kickoff return, into a field goal and touchdown.
Bear River trailed 9-7 to start the second half, but put together a 17-play drive to regain the lead on Boyle’s second score.
Oakmont answered with an Eddie Duran 23-yard scamper off left tackle.
Not to be outdone, Welch ripped off his 83-yarder.
“The only thing I saw was the end zone,” he said. “I really have to thank my line for that. They deserve the credit.”
On the their ensuing possession, Oakmont quarterback K.C. Patterson found a wide open Michael Street up the middle for the eventual game-winner.
Bruin quarterback Michael Fredrickson went 6-for-16 for 59 yards and threw an interception.
Bear River’s Robbie Frank had two catches for a team-best 28 yards. Matt Mocek had one catch for 15 yards.
Landon Savoie led the Bruin defense with 12 tackles. Boyle finished with nine stops. David Hudson chipped in seven tackles.
Anthony Welz had an interception.
Oakmont 22, Bear River 21
Oakmont (3-1, 1-0) 0 3 12 7 – 22
Bear River (1-3, 0-1) 0 7 14 0 – 21
BR – Brock Boyle 1 run (Kevin Grimes kick), 10:06
OAK – Jason Appleton 28 FG, 6:25
OAK – Jereme Scott 15 pass from K.C. Patterson (kick failed), 10:31
BR – Boyle 1 run (pass failed), 2:23
OAK – Eddie Duran 23 run (kick failed)
BR – Lance Welch 83 kickoff return (Robbie Frank pass from Michael Fredrickson), 1:18
OAK – Michael Street 73 pass from Patterson (Appleton kick), 7:29
First downs 4 19
Rushes-yards 20-95 56-206
Passing yards 115 61
Comp-Att-Int 7-18-2 6-16-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-2
Penalties-yards 6-45 6-64
RUSHING – Oakmont: Duran 12-49, Scott 5-46, Appleton 2-0, Dane Gbeintor 1-(minus 1). Bear River: Boyle 30-110, Fredrickson 10-61, David Wheeler 11-22, Michael McGuire 5-13.
PASSING – Oakmont: Patterson 7-18-2 130. Bear River: Fredrickson 6-16-0 59.
RECEIVING – Oakmont: Street 1-73, Duran 4-43, Scott 1- minus. Bear River: Robbie Frank 2-28, Matt Mocek 1-15, Anthony Welz 2-13, Kyle Reid 1-5.
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