PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River hits road to face unbeaten Sutter |

PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River hits road to face unbeaten Sutter

Bear River's Peyton Turner runs the ball during a game against El Dorado at J. David Ramsey Stadium last Friday. This week the Bruins head to Sutter to face the undefeated Sutter Huskies.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

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What: Bear River (2-2) at Sutter (4-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Sutter High School, 2665 Acacia Ave, Sutter

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The Bear River football team wraps up it’s non-league schedule in Sutter tonight, taking on the undefeated Huskies.

It is the second straight week the Bruins (2-2) have battled an unblemished team. Last week, Bear River had no problem handing El Dorado it’s first loss of the season, 28-7. Knocking off Sutter may prove to be a bit more difficult.

The Huskies (4-0) are the reigning Northern Section Division III champs and have cruised to victory over their first four opponents (Palma, Dixon, Marysville and Ripon) this season with no game closer than a 22-point margin. Sutter is averaging 41.8 points per game, and allowing just 15.8 points per game.

The Huskies have an impressive ground game, amassing an average of 432 yards per game to go with 16 ground scores. Leading Sutter’s ground attack is a trio of juniors in running back Trever Facey (762 rush yards, nine touchdowns), running back Bryce Kunkle (463 yards, three touchdowns), and quarterback Tyler Reynolds (343 rush yards, four touchdowns). The 5-foot, 7-inch, 175-pound Facey is also a threat in the passing game with nine catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

Sutter is not a one-trick pony as it averages 168 yards through the air. Reynolds has completed 77 percent of his passes for 672 yards and six touchdowns.

Looking to slow the Sutter offense is a Bear River defense that has been stout this season. The Bruins are allowing just 12.8 points per game so far this season. The defense is led by junior linebacker Austin Baze (45 tackles, three fumble recoveries, punt block), Shane Flores (31 tackles), Luke Baggett (31 tackles), Kyle Wooner (22 tackles) and Landen Clark (22 tackles).

On the offensive side of the ball, Bear River is averaging 240 yards per game (149.5 rushing, 90.5 passing) and 25 points per game.

Out of the backfield, the Bruins lean on Baze (271 rush yards, five touchdowns) and Stephen Taylor (155 yards, touchdown) as well as Peyton Turner and Colton Wood. Quarterback Bradley Dzioba leads the Bruins passing attack, completing 62 percent of his passes for 362 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

The last time Sutter and Bear River met was a season ago when the Bruins edged the Huskies 21-14. In that game Bear River’s Jason Voter threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Ben O’Lena caught all three of those touchdowns.

The only common opponent the two teams have this season has been Marysville, who Sutter beat 35-13. Bear River lost to Marysville, 21-14.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. today at Sutter High School.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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