Del Oro defeats Bear River, 20-12 |

Del Oro defeats Bear River, 20-12

John HartBear River's Cody Yeager looks for running room in the first half of Friday's contest with Del Oro. Yeager scored both of the Bruins' touchdowns.
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Another gritty chapter in the Bear River and Del Oro of Loomis gridiron saga played out at J. David Ramsey Stadium Friday.

Bear River, which had taken three of the last five from the Golden Eagles, were up early, but couldn’t hold on in a 20-12 preseason loss.

“It was just a tough, close football game,” Bear River coach Scott Savoie said. “It was a very balanced game, but then they had their ball control offense working in the second half, and we hardly had the ball.”

The Bruins (2-1 overall) took the lead with six minutes, five seconds left in the first quarter on a Josh Rumsey-to-Cody Yeager 57-yard touchdown pass.

Yeager, a junior, hit paydirt again just under five minutes later, this time on an eight-yard run.

The Golden Eagles (2-1) cut the Bruin lead in half on a 19-yard touchdown strike from Aaron Quinn to Bryan Ryerson-Bisig with 2:57 left in the first half.

Golden Eagle fullback Mike Gildone notched a pair of short-yardage scores in the second half to complete the comeback.

The stat sheets proved to be as close as Friday’s game.

Bear River tallied 212 yards of total offense. Del Oro finished with 244.

Del Oro outrushed Bear River by eight yards, and also held a slight passing edge of 44 yards.

Chad Anderson and Matt Stuber each had a team-high 13 tackles. Jon Cummings was right behind with 11.

In the junior varsity game, Bear River’s Anthony Welz kicked the game winning field goal for the second straight week in a 22-21 win.

Brock Boyle had a pair of touchdowns. Lance Welch also scored.

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