PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River looks to stay unbeaten, faces Sutter at home |

PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River looks to stay unbeaten, faces Sutter at home

Bear River's David O'Brien hurdles through the line during a game against Escalon last week. O'Brien and the Bruins take on Sutter at J. David Ramsey Stadium tonight.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

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What: Bear River vs. Sutter

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday night

Where: Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Rd, Grass Valley

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The Bear River Bruins are at home for just the second time this season, welcoming the Sutter Huskies to J. David Ramsey Stadium on homecoming night.

It’s the final non-league bout of the regular season for the Bruins (4-0) who will face off with the reigning Northern Section D-III champs.

As far as keys to victory, Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue kept it simple.

“We just need to have one more point than they have,” he said with a laugh.

The Huskies (2-2) enter the game on the heels of a 28-3 loss to Ripon. In that game, Sutter’s usually impressive run game was held to just 157 yards. On average, Sutter eats up 281.3 yards per game in its run heavy approach.

“They run a variation of the Wing-T, so you have to stay at home and play assignments,” said Logue. “You can’t chase the ball without seeing it first. There will be lots of counters and trap plays.”

The Huskies offense is propelled by senior running back Isaac Torres, who averages 7.9 yards per carry and leads the team with 411 rush yards to go with four touchdowns. Torres is also a threat in the passing game with five catches for 118 yards.

Torres isn’t the only Huskies back to tote the ball though as senior Jacob Gildea (278 yards, six touchdowns) and junior Cason Reyes (185 yards, 7.7 yards per carry) are also options out of the backfield.

The Bruins have been strong defensively this season, allowing 17 points per game. Last week, Bear River held a solid Escalon team to just 163 yards rushing, 37 yards passing and only 14 points.

Leading the Bruin defense is senior linebacker Gunner Simpson with 26 total tackles, including five sacks.

On the offensive side of the ball, it has been seniors David O’Brien and Dave Mastrella highlighting the attack. O’Brien leads the team with 316 rush yards, five rushing touchdowns and an average of 9.9 yards per carry. Mastrella averages 14.1 yards per carry and has 197 rush yards to go with two rushing touchdowns. Mastrella is also a threat in the passing game, catching six balls for 109 yards and a touchdown this season. The Bruins also welcome back from injury sophomore fullback Austin Baze and senior wide receiver Ben O’Lena.

Bear River’s senior quarterback Jason Voter has had an up and down season so far, but is coming off one of his more productive games with 128 yards and two touchdowns against Escalon. On the season, Voter is 26-for-48 for 377 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Leading Sutter in its effort to stop Bear River will be junior linebacker Justin Cryer, who has a team high 48 total tackles this season.

The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Around the Pioneer Valley League

Foothill is the only other Pioneer Valley League team in action besides the Bruins this week as Placer, Colfax, Lincoln and Center all have a bye week. Foothill (1-3) travels to El Dorado (3-1) tonight.

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

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