PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River drops Homecoming game to Marysville
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INDIANS 21 BRUINS 14
M: Andrew Hoang 69-yard run (6:39) extra point good
M: Hoang 1-yard run (:54) extra point good
BR: Baze 2-yard run (10:14) Landen Clark kick good
M: Seth Echevarria 1-yard run (4:09) extra point good
BR: Calder Kunde 11-yard fumble recovery (2:55) Clark kick good
In front of a packed house on Homecoming Friday night at J David Ramsey Stadium, Bear River stormed back against Marysville and gave its fans a riveting finish, just not the happy ending.
The Indians took advantage of two Bruins turnovers and survived a last minute desperation drive by Bear River to hang on for a 21-14 victory.
“Pretty proud of the way our kids finished tonight,” said Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie, whose team trailed 21-7 with 4 minutes to play, and had an opportunity to tie it or perhaps win with just seconds left. “Somehow, someway, all of a sudden we’re fighting down here, throwing it into the end zone with a chance to win the thing. Didn’t swing our way, but our kids did some awesome things down the stretch to make that happen. Unfortunately, we didn’t play a great first half and that killed us.”
Marysville cashed in two Bear River fumbles for touchdowns, taking full advantage of its short field opportunities. Trailing 21-7 it seemed it was all but over when Bruins’ senior quarterback Bradley Dzioba was intercepted with under 4 minutes to play.
However, two plays later it was Bear River sophomore Calder Kunde, who scooped up a Marysville fumble and went 11 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 21-14 with just under three minutes to play.
On the Indians’ ensuing possession, the Bruins forced a punt, which senior Kyle Wooner blocked and junior Austin Baze recovered, giving Bear River new life with the ball at the Marysville 26 with just under a minute left.
“Without a doubt, twice we made it a game,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “Even after we fumbled the ball back to them our kids never quit. We got to score. Our special teams that we worked really, really hard on came through again. It’s tough, we get down there, have four or five shots at it. From where I was standing I thought we caught a couple, but I guess we didn’t. Twice defensively we had it fourth down and just couldn’t make that stop.”
The Bruins were out of timeouts and worked the ball as close as the Indians 8-yard line after a brilliant run by Dzioba on fourth down. Bear River just couldn’t punch it in. With 3 seconds remaining on fourth-and-goal from the 13, Dzioba’s pass found only the turf. He finished the game 10-of-24 passing for 93 yards and an interception.
Rushing, the Bruins were held to 112 yards on 29 carries with Baze leading the pack, tallying 51 yards on eight attempts, including a 2-yard plunge for a score, which capped off an 80-yard drive early in the fourth quarter.
Senior Peyton Turner added 29 yards on four touches and also had two receptions for 38 yards. Junior Stephen Taylor hauled in a pair of catches for 22 yards, followed by Kunde with one for 13 and Landen Clark with one for 11.
Marysville senior quarterback Chase Tarr finished the game 6-of-15 passing for 61 yards with an interception nabbed by Bruins junior Jake Friedrichs.
However, it was the Indians’ running attack that gave the Bruins fits. As a team, Marysville piled up 230 yards on 44 attempts, including a 69-yard scamper on a third-and-one in the second quarter.
Defensively, Baze led with 13 tackles, followed by Shane Flores with 11, Luke Baggett wrapped up nine and Ryan Tantum had seven.
Bear River (1-2) will gear up for another home game next week versus El Dorado.
JV: Marysville 15 Bear River 14
The Bruins were ousted by the Indians on a 23-yard field goal with 1:19 remaining. Austin Slining scored a pair of touchdowns for Bear River, the first, a 1-yard run and then a 53-yarder to give the Bruins a short-lived, 14-12 lead. Marysville led 6-0 at the half.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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