D-nied: Oakmont shuts down Bruins
Bear River kept Oakmont’s high-flying passing game under wraps during the first 14 minutes Friday night, but the Vikings unleashed quarterback Crosby Wehr and wide receiver James Harris the rest of the way.
The result was a 28-7 for the Bruins, which denied Bear River its first playoff berth since 1987.
The Bruins jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter as senior Jeff Duran scored from 14 yards out. Duran took the ball to the right, juked one would-be tackler, and slipped another before bulldozing through a final defender into the end zone. John Savoie’s kick gave the Bruins an early 7-point lead with 10:02 to go in the half.
Then it was the Vikings turn.
On second-and-10 from his own 30, Wehr hooked up with Harris for a 10-yard gain and Oakmont’s initial first down of the night. One play later the duo connected on a crossing pattern, which Harris took down the right sideline for a 60-yard touchdown. Wehr’s point after touchdown knotted things at 7-7 with 8:34 in the second quarter.
“They beat us in the air,” Bear River coach Scott Savoie said. “To me, their big plays came through the air. They’ve got a very talented corps of receivers and I think the best quarterback in the area.”
Wehr showed more of that talent late in the first half, hitting wideout Brett Colyer on a go pattern down the left side for a 30-yard gain. One play later, Carson Cooper gave Oakmont a lead it would not surrender from one yard out.
The score remained the same through the third quarter, as Oakmont’s opening drive of the second half ended when Wehr pushed a 43-yard field goal attempt wide right with 5:13 to go in the quarter.
Bear River took over possession but was forced to punt three plays later. The Vikings took over at their own 47-yard line and drove to the Bear River three; by then it was the end of the third quarter. A pass interference penalty moved the Vikings from the Bruin 35-yard line on third-and-five to the Bear River 20 with a first-and-10. Nate Hays picked up four yards on first down before Wehr hit Harris with a 13-yard seam pass to set up Hays’ one-yard touchdown to open the final quarter. Oakmont led 21-7 with 11:57 to go in the game.
“We had three plays in the third quarter and we weren’t able to do much with those three,” Savoie said. “That’s just the way things go. Things just didn’t go our way. It doesn’t have anything to do with the heart of this football team.”
The Bruin offense was held in check after its opening score, which was set up by a 20-yard punt return by Wil Thomas. Duran, who provided Bear River’s lone points of the night, finished with a team-high 59 yards on seven carries. Keith Roberts added 15 yards on three rushes, but the Bruins totaled 41 rushing yards for the night. Quarterback Josh Rumsey finished with minus-34 yards rushing on eight carries.
When Rumsey found time to throw, he completed 10 of 13 attempts for 79 yards and one interception. Bryan Hart was his favorite target of the night, catching five passes for 45 yards.
The Bruins defensive play provided most of Bear River’s highlights. Chad Anderson had a team-high 16 tackles, while John Cummings had 11 tackles and Matt Grimm had 10. Keith Marin, Seth Morsey and Matt Stuber each recorded a quarterback sack.
The Bruins closed the season at 7-3, third in the Pioneer Valley League. Oakmont improved to 8-2, claimed second place and earned the league’s other playoff slot.
Oakmont 28, Bear River 7
BR – Jeff Duran 14-yard run (John Savoie kick), 10:02
O – James Harris 60-yard pass from Crosby Wehr (Wehr kick), 8:34
O – Carson Cooper 1-yard run (Wehr kick), 2:25
O – Nate Hays 1-yard run (Wehr kick), 11:47
O – Noah Frederito 9-yard run (Wehr kick), 7:27
Bear River junior varsity also falls
The Bruin JV squad also suffered a setback playing the Vikings Friday night, falling 18-6. Bear River was within 12-6 with 1:41 to go in the third quarter when the Vikings scored on a 77-yard touchdown run.
Bear River’s junior varsity closed its campaign at 6-4, while the Oakmont JV team finished 7-3.
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