PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River silenced by Sutter, 31-6
Special to The Union
HUSKIES 31 BRUINS 6
S: Bryce Kunkle 10-yard run (9:49) extra point good
BR: Peyton Turner 18-yard pass from Bradley Dzioba (8:16) 2pt try no good
S: James McHugh 33-yard field goal
S: Trever Facey 14-yard run (6:26) extra point good
S: McHugh 27-yard run (4:18) extra point good
S: Ben Heuvelhorst 31-yard pass from Tyler Reynolds (:46) extra point good
The Bear River football team battled valiantly Friday night, but was unable to weather the storm at Sutter as the Huskies had their way in a 31-6 victory.
Sutter exposed the Bruins’ defense on the opening drive, marching 82 yards to score in just over 2 minutes on eight plays.
“When you have a quarterback that can turn a 7, 8-yard loss into a 5-yard gain eight times a game, that’s pretty good,” said Bruins co-head coach Terry Logue, referring to Huskies quarterback Tyler Reynolds. “We had our chances. We could of gotten one more score we would have been right in the game.”
Trailing 17-6 with 5 minutes to play, the Bruins hung tough, but the Huskies put it away for good with a couple of late daggers, a 27-yard run for a score with just over 4 minutes to play and a 31-yard pass with less than a minute left.
“It’s unfortunate because I don’t think the scoreboard really reflected the game,” added Bruins co-head coach Scott Savoie. “(Sutter) did what they had to do defensively. We had a hard time moving the ball against them.”
The Bruins slowed the bleeding but it never fully stopped. The team’s only score came off a turnover after a Luke Baggett fumble recovery early in the second quarter. It sparked a 60-yard drive and began with a brilliant trick play with Calder Kunde hooking up with Peyton Turner for 33 yards. Bradley Dzioba later tossed an 18-yard touchdown to Turner, who made a sensational sliding catch to cut Sutter’s lead to 7-6.
Racking up 260 rushing yards on 47 attempts, Sutter’s arsenal of backs proved elusive, slipping tackles left and right. Reynolds also had a phenomenal night, passing 12-of-14 for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Huskies James McHugh booted a 33-yard field goal to give Sutter a 10-6 edge heading into the locker room and its lead only grew from there.
Every other Bear River drive was spoiled by a stingy Husky defense. Dzioba finished the evening 6-of-15 passing for 55 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. As a team the Bruins rushed 35 times for only 82 yards with Colton Wood leading the pack, 41 yards on 10 attempts. Austin Baze had four touches for 18 yards, followed by Taylor with seven rushes for 15 yards.
Defensively, Bruins’ senior Landen Clark led the charge wrapping up nine tackles with three for a combined loss of 23 yards, including a pair of monster sacks. Baggett made his presence felt in a big way with 14 tackles, followed by Baze with 12.
“Playing this game, playing the preseason that we did was all about what we do from this point on,” explained Savoie. “We played some tough football teams and I believe we’re going to be better for it, I really do.’
Bear River (2-3) returns home next week to begin Pioneer Valley League play against Lincoln.
JV: Sutter 34 Bear River 0
The Huskies’ ferocious defense kept the Bruins off the scoreboard, and the Sutter offense scored plenty of points on their way to victory in the JV game.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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