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Familiar faces

Eight games.

Eight wins.

Bear River’s football team has had Center’s (Antelope) number for most of the past decade.



Bruin fans and players alike no doubt hope that trend continues when the Cougars hit J.David Ramsey Stadium for the teams’ season opener Friday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.




“Every year I’ve coached at Bear River, we’ve played Center,” said Bruin head coach Scott Savoie, who took over as skipper three seasons ago, but has been in the Cardinal and Grey since 1994. “That’s just what we do”

The Bruins struggled early in last year’s matchup at Center, but got it together to nab a 30-14 win.

“Last year I didn’t feel like we played a very good football game. Considering we had gone off to a padded football camp,” Savoie said. “We made a lot of first-game mistakes far as hard as we worked last summer I felt that game was a lot closer than it had to be.”

” Center’s always athletic, They’re always a good test for us as,” he added.

OFFENSE

The Cougars lost the heart of its offense with the graduation of a 2,000-yard passer in quarterback Monib Abhat, but won’t have a shortage of big shoulders to lean on.

Senior running backs Anthony Plowden (5’10”, 180) and Nicholas Keach (5’11”, 175) combined for 881 rushing yards on 156 carries and seven scores in 2003.

Plowden’s 60.9 yards rushing per game was tops on the team. Keach gobbled up 8.2 yards per carry, also a team-high.

Keach has proven he’s just as effective in the passing lanes.

He was second in the league in receiving yards with 371 on 24 catches and tied for fourth in touchdowns with four.

Sateki Niupani (6’0″, 227) reprises his role as place kicker where he hit 19-of-22 PATs last season.

DEFENSE

The teeth of the Cougars’ defense returns pretty much intact.

Senior defensive lineman Josh Leonard (6’1″, 228) was seventh in the Sacramento area in tackles with 155 and third in sacks with 14.

Leonard posted a double-digit tackle total in 10 of the Cougars 11 games, including a season-high 20 against Vanden and 16 versus eventual section-champ Colfax in a 36-12 first-round playoff loss.

Leonard had multiple sacks in five games.

Keach, a linebacker, as close behind in both categories.

He complied double-digit tackles game-in, game-out to finish with 141, highlighted by 14 versus Colfax.

Keach had at least one sack in nine of 11 games to finish with 10 total.

Senior safety Joshua Culp (5’11”, 182) totaled 112 stops in 2003.


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