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Jr. Bruins take 2nd in Jr. Midget division

Bear River quarterback Kalder Kunde stiff arms a defender during the SVUSA Jr. Midget championship game against Capitol Christian Saturday in Lincoln.
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The SVUSA North Division Jr. Midget championship game pitted the Bear River Jr. Bruins against the favored Capital Christian Jr. Cougars.

The Jr. Bruins had beaten Del Campo 34-6 in the semifinal game and looked good early on, but over time, Capital Christian was simply too much, beating Bear River, 24-8.

Bear River opened the game with 10-play drive that ate up seven minutes and put them on the Capital Christian 32-yard line, but after a failed fourth-down attempt, the Jr. Cougars took over, ending the Jr. Bruin push with no points.

The Jr. Cougars didn’t take long to notch their first points. On their first play from scrimmage, their speedy back took the ball 68 yards for the score.

At the end of the first quarter, Bear River trailed, 6-0, but had run 16 plays to Capital Christian’s one.

In the second quarter, Bear River cut a Jr. Cougar drive short when Trey Moronic recovered a fumble.

The Jr. Bruins would be unable to capitalize though and promptly punted the ball.

The Jr. Cougars again flexed their running muscles, getting a 46-yard run down to the 1-yard line, before punching it in for a 12-0 lead.

Capital Christian would threaten again just before halftime, but Bear River’s Colon Jenkins made an interception to thwart the threat.

After the halftime break, the Jr. Bruins got sneaky and opened with an onside kick, and while the ball bounced through several hands, when the pile of players was unfolded, the Jr. Cougars had the ball.

Bear River’s opportunistic defense would step up again, forcing and recovering another Jr. Cougar fumble.

The Jr. Bruins started driving running the ball well and pushed into the red zone. The Jr. Cougars looked as if they were going to turn Bear River away without points again, but on fourth-and-5, quarterback Kalder Kunde found Trey Nix over the middle for a first down. Three plays later Kunde plunged in on a quarterback keeper. Josiah Cregar hit the extra point, and Bear River trailed by just four points at 12-8.

Capital Christian again powered its way down the field with the run game, ending a 45-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown. The Jr. Cougars finished with 293 rush yards for the day.

The Bruins would never recover, and the Jr. Cougars added another score to put the game away.

For the Bruins, they got strong performances from Kunde, who was 8-of-14 passing for 39 yards. Kunde hit five different receivers on the day, finding Gregar multiple times, as well as Jaden Gravatt, Clayton Anderson, Nix and Logan Jenkins. Kunde led Bear River in rushing as well with 25 yards and the one touchdown.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.

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