Defense does the trick for Bear River Bruins
It was the offense which took center stage in the Bear River football team’s season opening win over Center of Antelope 11 days ago.
The Bruin offense scored on each of its first three possessions and totaled 395 yards of total offense in the three point win.
The Bear River defense took its turn in the spotlight in the 14-7 week two win at Woodcreek of Roseville Friday.
Bear River clipped the wings of Woodcreek’s high-octane passing attack to the tune of 112 yards with one touchdown and held Timberwolves runners to 53 yards combined to move to 2-0 overall.
“It’s kinda funny the way things work out. I thought our defense played very well Friday night, and that was a big concern the week before,” Bruins head coach Scott Savoie said.
Junior linebacker Chad Anderson had 11 tackles to lead the Bruin defense for the second straight week.
Matt Grimm, a junior linebacker, was right behind with eight tackles, while junior rover Wil Thomas had an interception to go along with seven tackles.
“I was very happy with all three of our linebackers, Matt, Chad and Jon (Cummings). They all played very steady,” Savoie said. “At nose guard, Sean Belnap made his first varsity start and he had a very successful night at the office.
The Bruin offense, which outgained the hosts by 114 yards, had its moments.
Junior quarterback Josh Rumsey gave up a pair of interceptions, but came out on top in the one-on-one battle with the Timberwolves’ signal caller Brandon Smith.
Rumsey, who nearly doubled the 2001 All-Sierra Foothill League selection’s passing total in the first half, totaled 117 yards to Smith’s 112.
“Brandon Smith is a very polished player. We put some pressure on him at times and we had good coverage and I think that frustrated him a bit. And they did a very good job of getting pressure on Josh, but they gave us the underneath stuff all night. So, we were able to complete a lot of five- and six-yard patterns,” Savoie said.
On the ground, halfback Cody Yeager rushed for a game-high 109 yards and fullback Jeff Duran scored a touchdown for the second straight game.
“When you have two games with a 100-plus yard running back, and you’re able to throw the ball as well as we have so far, the offensive line has to be doing something right. My hat goes off to those kids. They’re definitely getting the job done for us,” Savoie added.
Bear River will host Del Oro of Loomis 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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