PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River bashes rival Colfax, 41-14
Special to The Union
BRUINS 41, FALCONS 14
BR: Austin Baze 4-yard run (1:55) Ben O’Lena kick
C: Lukas Rineer 1-yard run (10:05) Kyle Detwieler kick
BR: Baze 1-yard run (2:47) O’Lena kick
BR: Dave Mastrella 18-yard pass from Jason Voter (:10) O’Lena kick
BR: Baze 8-yard run (2:09) O’Lena kick
BR: Toran Maronic 48 yard pass from Voter (11:03) O’Lena kick
BR: Bradley Dzioba 2-yard run (5:54) PAT no good
C: Matthew Harshman 63-yard pass from Austin Weir (4:57) Detwieler kick
Undefeated, 7-0. That’s where Bear River now stands after defeating rival Colfax in a 41-14 rout Friday night at J. David Ramsey Stadium.
Playing without senior running back David O’Brien due to injury, the Bruins had plenty of players step up and answer the call. Led by sophomore bruiser Austin Baze who plowed in for three touchdown runs.
“This whole week I prepared for it, I was ready, I wanted to play Colfax and beat them bad,” said Baze, who rumbled over Falcon defenders like a bus flattening traffic cones, taking 13 carries for 67 yards and three touchdowns. “I just ran low. I ran through them. I was ready. I wanted to run through them, and then some. Our second and third string guys got it done too. Everyone excelled, the linemen, everyone did phenomenal.”
After the Falcons were forced to punt on their first possession, the Bruins marched 75 yards on 18 plays, and overcome two fourth downs, before Baze blasted in for the score.
Colfax would put together a scoring drive of its own early in the second quarter capped off with a 1-yard run by Lukas Rineer to knot the game 7-7, but that was as close as the Falcons would get. Rineer was held to 91 yards on 24 carries, a season-low.
Also firing out of the backfield for the Bruins were junior Toran Maronic, who took 10 carries for 54 yards, and senior Dave Mastrella with seven touches for 36 yards. As a team, Bear River outgained Colfax on the ground 198-93.
The Bruins’ defense came up huge time and time with the biggest swing in momentum coming right before the half when Colfax was forced to punt from its own 22-yard line with one minute remaining. A poor punt gave Bear River and senior quarterback Jason Voter a golden opportunity from the Falcons’ 35 yard line.
A few plays later, Voter rolled out and bought some time before throwing back across the field to a wide open Mastrella, who hauled in the 18-yard score with only 10 seconds remaining to give the Bruins a 21-7 halftime lead. Voter would later add a 48-yard bomb to Maronic before exiting the game early in the fourth quarter with a comfortable 35-7 lead.
“This is the first morning I woke up this whole week that I could move my back and I was like, ‘Hey must be game day then,’” said Voter, who finished the night passing 9-for-17 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. “We just powered through them. I thought it was great because they talk a lot of smack. I love capping off the senior year with a win over (Colfax), never losing in football against your biggest rival, that means a lot to me.”
Bradley Dzioba plowed in with a quarterback-keeper for the Bruins’ final score.
Falcons quarterback Austin Weir hooked up with Matthew Harshman for a 63 yard score, but it was too little too late. Weir finished his night throwing 8-for-16 for 144 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, which were grabbed by Bear River’s Jake Potts and Dallas Penn.
“I think our kids came in with a lot of confidence,” explained Bruins’ co-head coach Scott Savoie. “And even though we lost David O’Brien last week we had some kids who were excited to see what they can do. A guy like Toran Maronic that we’ve known all along is a real good football player. He got a shot tonight and took full advantage of that.”
Defensively, Beau Baggett wrapped up seven tackles for Bear River, followed by Connor Hollister with six and Gunnar Simpson with three. Both Potts and Penns’ interceptions set up the Bruins’ offense with a short field on eventual scoring drives.
The victory is Bear River’s third consecutive versus Colfax, who now drops to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in PVL play. The Falcons will try and bounce back next week at Center.
“We did a lot of good things,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “Overall I thought we played really well. We hit really hard. We got some turnovers. It was good job. For me, I’m already thinking about Placer. I’m looking at a game of a lifetime.”
Bear River (7-0, 2-0 PVL) will now prepare to battle Placer for PVL supremacy in a game of unbeaten teams. The Hillmen (7-0, 2-0 PVL) visit J. David Ramsey Stadium Oct. 23.
JV: Colfax 27, Bear River 12
Trailing 14-12 at halftime, Bear River (3-4, 1-1 PVL) couldn’t keep up with Colfax (7-0, 2-0 PVL) down the stretch as Falcons’ Mason Ahrens rushed in for a couple more scores to put the game away. The Bruins got on the scoreboard in the first half with a Clay Corippo pass to Stephen Taylor and a Josh Zimmer run.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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