PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River looks to get back on track vs. Foothill
KNOW & GO
What: Bear River (2-4) vs. Foothill (1-5)
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Where: J. David Ramsey Stadium, Bear River High School
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The Bear River football team will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and earn its first Pioneer Valley League win of the season at the same time when it welcomes the Foothill Mustangs to J. David Ramsey Stadium tonight.
Facing the Mustangs (1-5, 0-1 PVL) the Bruins (2-4, 0-1 PVL) will be tasked with slowing down Foothill’s explosive offense.
“(Foothill) has great speed,” Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue told The Union after last Friday’s game. “They won’t munch you or crunch you like (Lincoln), but they got the guys that if you miss a tackle will go 50-60 yards.”
The Mustangs, who are coached by Nevada Union alumni Tim Trokey, are averaging 25.5 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Vernon Robertson, who can make plays with his arm and his legs. Robertson has multiple games in which he’s run for more than 100-yards and multiple games in which he has thrown for more than 100-yards.
Robertson is just one of several Foothill ball carriers that can break loose for a big a gain as seniors Sylvester Garnes, Phillip Brown and Tyreak Lewis are also big play threats.
“At any moment they can break a long one,” co-head coach Scott Savoie told The Union after last Friday’s game. “Dangerous athletes, guys that can flat out run.”
Bear River’s defense has been strong this season, allowing just 18.2 points per game, but it is coming off of a 27-14 loss to Lincoln, in which the Fighting Zebras amassed 245 rushing yards.
The Bruins defense is led by Austin Baze (68 tackles), Luke Baggett (60 tackles), Shane Flores (48 tackles), Landen Clark (40 tackles, three sacks) and Kyle Wooner (34 tackles).
On the offensive side of the ball, Bear River is averaging 20 points per game, but has struggled of late with just three offensive touchdowns in their last two games. As a team, Bear River is gaining just 136.2 yards on the ground and 82.3 yards through the air.
Offensively, the Bruins will be led by Peyton Turner (135 rush yards, 86 receiving yards, 2 total TDs) and Stephen Taylor (218 rush yards, 148 receiving, 5 total TDs). Bear River’s senior quarterback Bradley Dzioba hasn’t put up huge numbers this season but has been effective, hitting on 57 percent of his passes for 494 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Bruins have dominated the Mustangs in recent history, beating them six straight times dating back to 2010. In last year’s meeting, Bear River topped Foothill, 20-7, behind David O’Brien’s 98 rush yards and two touchdowns, and Baze’s 83 rush yards and one touchdown.
The Bruins and Mustangs will get started at 7:30 p.m., tonight at J. David Ramsey Stadium.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email email@example.com. Free lance writer Brian Shepard contributed to this article.
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