COLFAX – The Bear River football team saw its chances for the inaugural Pioneer Valley League crown evaporate with its 20-10 loss to Colfax Friday. Even if the the Bruins beat Oakmont of Roseville in the regular season finale Nov. 15 and Colfax loses at | TheUnion.com
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COLFAX – The Bear River football team saw its chances for the inaugural Pioneer Valley League crown evaporate with its 20-10 loss to Colfax Friday. Even if the the Bruins beat Oakmont of Roseville in the regular season finale Nov. 15 and Colfax loses at

John HartBear River Bruin Chad Anderson blocks a punt by Colfax Falcons punter Wyatt Covich during Friday night's game at Colfax. Bear River broke out to a 10-0 lead, but then gave up 20 unanswered points to fall 20-10.
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COLFAX – The Bear River football team saw its chances for the inaugural Pioneer Valley League crown evaporate with its 20-10 loss to Colfax Friday.

Even if the the Bruins beat Oakmont of Roseville in the regular season finale Nov. 15 and Colfax loses at Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights, the Falcons would win the title on the head-to-head competition. Bear River (8-1 overall, 4-1 PVL) came into the game tied with the Falcons for the league1s top spot. Colfax is now 9-0, 5-0 in the PVL.

3We definitely have a shot at the playoffs. We still have to beat a very good Oakmont team, but we have them at our place late in November and I like that,² Bruin head coach Scott Savoie said.



Bear River led 10-0 at the half, thanks to a 21-yard John Savoie field goal with one minute, 34 seconds left in the first quarter coupled with a one-yard plunge by Chad Anderson early in the second.

The Falcons were down, but not out.




The hosts turned in some big defensive plays to open the second half as the momentum began to shift.

3They picked up a couple of big hits and they got fired up. I felt we had the momentum going into the half, but it definitely turned there,² Savoie added.

Colfax quarterback Ben Galbraith, the league1s second leading passer, gave the home crowd a reason to cheer when he connected with running back Nick Paskey for a 50-yard touchdown pass with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

Paskey, who came into the game with 564 yards on 83 carries and six touchdowns, scored twice more from short range to seal the win.

3We had our chances. We were in the red zone twice and we came up short both times. But you have to hand it to Colfax. They played some very tough defense tonight,² Savoie added.

The Bruin offense fumbled on its first possession, then went three-and-out on its next, before it put some points on the board.

The visitors took over on the Falcon 25-yard-line with 4:55 left in the opening stanza.

After a pair of short gains from Scott Keever and Dusty Tabellija, Bruin quarterback Josh Rumsey found a wide open Keith Marin for a 10-yard gain.

John Savoie nailed a field goal to put the visitors up 3-0 three plays later.

Chad Anderson gave the Bruins a six-point cushion with a one-yard plunge early in the second quarter.


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