It’s not all that often that Terry Logue will be found smiling after an opponent found the end zone five times in a football game.
But then again, it’s also not often that Bear River’s offense hits paydirt on eight occasions, which apparently was enough to have the Bruins’ defensive guru beaming with pride after a 56-35 season-opening victory over Capital Christian.
“We knew they had a good offense, but they were exceptional,” said Logue, Bear River’s co-head coach. “Man, their quarterback was making throws with guys in his face and their receivers made great catches.
“I think they ran out of gas a little bit in the end, but man, that’s a tough offense to stop.”
Capital Christian came out throwing the ball early and often, as junior quarterback James Lee completed 26 of 48 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns. His top target, senior Spencer Hagan, had nine catches for 176 yards and two scores.
Though the Bruins never trailed, the offensive eruption was enough to have the Bear River sideline feeling uneasy.
“I think everybody saw early, after the first five or six minutes, that we were going to have to score a lot of points,” said Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie. “And we did.”
Bear River was blessed with a bunch of backs chewing up yards in chunks, as the Bruins totaled 350 yards on 33 carries (10.6 per tote). Senior Jason Varni led the way with 10 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Johnny Jewett had nine rushes for 126 yards and a score, while senior Chris Parfitt added nine runs for 54 yards.
On the night, Jewett totaled 238 all-purpose yards, including a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 54-yard kickoff return.
But all the damage was not done on the ground. Bruin senior quarterback Tanner Mathias completed 6 of 9 passes for 89 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Mathias threw a spiral straight down the middle of the field for a 31-yard scoring strike to classmate Nolan Lewis. He also connected with senior Garrett Barbic for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
“I think we’ve got a lot of weapons on offense and I felt like we used them tonight,” Savoie said. “There were a lot of kids who contributed to this win tonight, so that helps.”
And despite the defensive struggles through the first three quarters of action, some of those contributions did come on from the Bear River defense. Cole White, a junior linebacker, racked up 13 tackles, including eight solo stops. Sean Fox, a senior linebacker, had 10 tackles and a sack. Chad Quiarte and C.J. Rider also had a quarterback sack.
Bear River ran off to a 20-7 lead at the 10:27 mark of the second quarter, when Parfitt found the end zone on a 21-yard run off a reverse from Jewett. But the two score lead was shortlived, as Capital Christian’s Jeremiah Oates returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and a 20-14 score.
The teams battled to a 28-28 tie early in the third quarter, after Lee hit Hagan on a 13-yard touchdown pass.
But after Mathias hit Lewis for six and Jewett broke away for a 54-yard touchdown run, Bear River had the cushion it needed at 42-28.
Even after Lee and Hagan hooked up on a touchdown pass for a second time, the Cougars could come no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Bear River’s defense clamped down on Capital Christian’s aerial attack, limiting Lee to just four completions on 15 attempts in the fourth quarter.
JV: Bear River 27, Capital Christian 7
The Chris Bean era began in fine fashion Friday night, as Bear River’s first year junior varsity coach picked up a 27-7 win in his first game after replacing retired veteran coach Duane Zauner.
“We’ll take it,” Bean said. “That was pretty cool for us. We’ve got a lot of young coaches over here, so that was big for us.”
Also big for the Bruins was the running of Sean O’Brien and Sam Houston, said Bean, who also noted the blocking of Joey Reina.
“Our offensive line did a great job,” Bean said.
Chris Carcido had two interceptions to lead the Bear River defense.
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Bear River 56, Capital Christian 35
CC 7 14 7 7 ” 35
BR 12 16 14 14 ” 56
CC ” Spencer Hagan 73 pass from James Lee (Brandon Greenly kick), 9:06.
BR ” Jason Varni 37 run (Kick failed), 6:12.
BR ” Johnny Jewett 58 punt return (Pass failed), 4:36.
BR ” Chris Parfitt 21 run (Jewett pass from Tanner Mathias), 10:27.
CC ” Jeremiah Oates 90 kickoff return (Greenly kick), 10:09.
BR ” Varni 9 run (Garrett Barbic pass from Mathias), 6:31.
CC ” Mike Gloudeman 9 pass from Lee (Greenly kick), 2:01.
CC ” Hagan 13 pass from Lee (Greenly kick), 9:52.
BR ” Nolan Lewis 31 pass from Mathias (Varni kick), 6:19.
BR ” Jewett 54 run (Varni kick), 3:31.
CC ” Hagan 15 pass from Lee (Greenly kick), 9:46.
BR ” Varni 49 run (Varni kick), 7:51.
BR ” Barbic 34 pass from Mathias (Varni kick), 5:57.
Rushing ” Capital Christian: Lee 13-32, Cody Barsam 13-39, Jordan Waterman 1-4. Bear River: Jewett 9-126, Varni 10-153, Parfitt 9-54, Brandon Vallero 5-17.
Passing ” Capital Christian: Lee 26-48-0 for 364 yards and 4 TD. Bear River: Mathias 6-9-1 for 89 yards and 2 TD.
Receiving ” Capital Christian: J. Oates 8-86, T.J. Oates 4-55, Hagan 9-176, Barsam 1-(minus 7), Gloudeman 4-51. Bear River: Barbic 3-46, Parfitt 1-3, Will Gray 1-9, Lewis 1-31.
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