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GARDEN VALLEY – Bear River got just as much as they expected Friday from a physical Golden Sierra, but still managed to win 21-20 in dramatic fashion with the time winding down.

Sam Houston’s one-yard carry with 30 seconds left in the game knotted the game at 20. Jack Tortorici’s extra point put the Bruins ahead, and the sidelines and traveling Bruins fans erupted.

If Golden Sierra had attempted and made each extra-point kick after their three touchdowns, the game would have gone into overtime tied at 21. Instead, the Grizzlies went for two each time and only converted once.



Still, it was a struggle all night for Bear River against a Grizzlies team that ran the ball on almost every play.

The Bruins went into halftime trailing 20-7 after the Grizzlies capitalized on a fumbled Bruins handoff. A few plays later, the Grizzlies’ Sean Alexander ran the ball in from 10 yards to put Golden Sierra ahead 18-7. They converted a two-point conversion to grab their largest lead of the game.




Bear River didn’t waste much time in the second half, scoring on Josh Toft’s 24-yard carry with 9:44 left in the third quarter. Toft led all Bruins rushers with 149 yards on 16 carries.

Quarterback James Harris struggled with his passes Friday, overthrowing several receivers before leading the Bruins on their final drive. Harris ended the game 3 for 10 for 45 yards.

The Bruins defense came up big in the second half shutting down the pesky Grizzlies offense.

They were led by Alex Rea with 18 tackles and Chris Carcido with 22 tackles.

The last time the two teams played each other, 1997, Bear River defeated Golden Sierra 29-6.

The Bruins are on the road again next Friday at Woodcreek. Woodcreek plays in the Sierra Foothill League.

The Grizzlies scored on the first series of plays, but the Bruins managed to keep them out of the end zone the rest of the way.

“We made some adjustments (after Golden Sierra scored) and our kids just played tough,” said head coach Chris Bean.

“All 20 of our guys sold out for this football game,” Bean said.

Michael Raigoza, Austin Dowling and Andrew Reiss were key on offense, he said.

“Our defense just played their hearts out,” Bean said.


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