PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River blasts Argonaut, wins home opener 37-20
Special to The Union
BRUINS 37, MUSTANGS 20
BR: David O’Brien 78-yard run (7:43) Ben O’Lena kick
BR: Dave Mastrella 27-yard run (1:05) O’ Lena kick
BR: O’Brien 45-yard interception return (10:19) Sawyer Britt kick
BR: Austin Baze 4-yard run (6:16) Britt PAT no good
A: Chad Floyd 2-yard pass to Jacob White (:40) PAT blocked
BR: O’Brien 11-yard run (9:02) Britt kick
BR: Britt 20-yard FG (:43)
A: Jared Coppock 14-yard run (9:27) PAT no good
A: Floyd 13-yard pass to White (4:33) 2-pt conversion good
It was nothing short of a lights-out performance by the Bear River football team Monday night.
The Bruins, sporting new black jerseys and fresh green grass, gave their home crowd plenty to cheer about as they cruised over Argonaut, 37-20. The victory also gave co-head coach Scott Savoie his 100th career win.
“That was the most excited and pumped I’ve ever seen our team,” said Bruins’ senior running back David O’Brien, who torched the Mustangs defense right from the get-go with a 78-yard sprint to the house to put Bear River up 7-0.
“I went through the line and literally just saw green. All the blocking just cleared it out.”
O’Brien went on to finish the night with just four touches for 92 yards and a pair of rushing scores. He also added a third touchdown on defense, a 45-yard pick six, which blew the game open, giving the Bruins a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter right before the stadium lights went out.
“Oh geez, O’Brien my gosh,” said Savoie. “He was on fire. Mastrella ran really well. We didn’t throw the heck out of the ball, but Jason Voter did a really good job.”
Also breaking into the endzone for Bear River was senior Dave Mastrella, who totaled 50 yards on three carries, including a 27-yard shake-n-bake score slicing through the Mustang defense. Sophomore Austin Baze bulldozed over a defender as he plowed ahead for a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. He would later leave the game with a shoulder injury.
The Bruins led 27-6 at the half and it was evident they were in total control.
Voter threw 7-for-8 for 105 yards, including a 49-yard bomb to Mastrella on the opening drive of the second half. O’Brien later punched it in from 11 yards out. After a Mustangs three-and-out, the Bruins’ Sawyer Britt later tacked on a 20-yard field goal to make it 37-6, which would be the largest lead of the game.
“We came out and played a tremendous first half,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “We were getting after it. And then the lights went out. I’m thankful to Argonaut that they came up here under the bad circumstances. I wish them the best.”
Argonaut was held to just 114 yards rushing on 29 carries. Jared Coppock led the way with 11 touches for 65 yards and a score. Quarterback Chad Floyd threw 7-for-13 for 54 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Both scores were hauled in by Jacob White.
“The focus tonight was to play better than we have, and we did that,” added Savoie. “We came out in the second half and started our first offense, first defense and let them go for a series, then we rotated. We gave up some plays at the end, but that’s OK. Everyone deserves to play.”
Defensively, Bear River was sharp. Seniors Gunnar Simpson, Jimmy Vaughn and sophomore Baze each recorded sacks and brought bone-crunching hits. Simpson tallied 5 1/2 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. Vaughn wrapped up four tackles and a sack and Baze collected 2 1/2 sacks for a combined loss of 19 yards.
The Bruins (3-0) will enjoy a bye this Friday and return to the gridiron Sept. 25 at Escalon.
JV: Bear River 18, Argonaut 0
The Bruins (2-1) rolled over the Mustangs Monday night. Wide receiver Stephen Taylor made the highlight reel with a 61-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Clay Carripo. Kaden Ahlberg led the defense with eight tackles.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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