Friday Night Replay: Bruins 24, Cougars 7 |

Friday Night Replay: Bruins 24, Cougars 7

Bear River quarterback James Harris spilled into the end zone from one yard out, his second quarterback keeper for a touchdown in the first half, as the Bruins took a 21-0 lead with less than a minute remaining before the break. Capital Christian, hit hard by injuries, allowed the game clock to run without being stopped throughout the second half.

The Bruin defense certainly came up big after allowing 43 points last week, but considering Capital Christian’s offense was without its maestro in junior quarterback Jacob Woehler (concussion), there wasn’t much the Cougars could do. That’s why this week’s game ball goes to the Bruin offensive line, which paved the way to more than 200 rushing yards for the second-straight week.

Through the first 24 minutes of play, Capital Christian’s offense had managed a mere 10 yards from the line of scrimmage and no first downs. All four of the Cougars’ first-half possessions ended in punt formation.

Capital Christian wasn’t the only team without one of its stars Friday night. Bear River wide receiver Joey Reina stood on the sideline with the assistance of a pair of crutches after suffering an ankle injury late in last week’s win. Reina hopes to be back on the field for Golden Sierra next week, but Bruin co-head coach Scott Savoie said they’ll take another look at his ankle early next week before making any decisions … Bruin linebacker Sean O’Brien got the call to carry the ball as Bear River ran out the clock in the second half. The senior relished the role, delivering big hits to would-be tacklers while racking up 56 yards on 10 second-half totes … Jack Tortorici, Bear River’s junior kicker, converted all three PATs and added a 21-yard field goal.

The “Battle of the Bears” as Savoie called it in the post-game huddle, encouraging his players to “Get ready to get physical.” Bear River travels to Golden Sierra, a former league foe that it once played annually for a trophy that goes home with the winner. Savoie said the Bruins will dig the old piece of hardware – which Bear River has owned since a 29-6 win over the Grizzlies in 1997 – out of the trophy case, dust it off and put it up for grabs next week. Golden Sierra lost to Capital Christian 27-20 in week one.

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