PREP FOOTBALL: Bruins are geared up and ready to go
After a summer filled with skills camps, seven-on-sevens, conditioning and weight lifting, longtime co-head coaches Scott Savoie and Terry Logue like what they’ve seen from this year’s group of Bear River gridders.
“We’ve taken steps in the right direction,” said Savoie. “Our commitment has been very good, kids have been at practice and they are working hard. I know I’m excited to get into next week, the kids got to be just ecstatic. We’re all geared up and ready to go.”
Logue added, “I’m pleased with our progress, we’re getting better. We got a long ways to go, though.”
The Bruins are coming off an impressive 2018 campaign in which they went 11-2 overall and reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game. Their fourth such trip to a section title game since 2014.
The 2019 Bruins have a handful of returning starters, including a pair of returning all-leaguers as well as plenty of up and comers looking to make their mark at the varsity level.
With the season just a week away we take a look at some of the Bruins poised to lead the charge on the offensive side of the ball.
Leading the Bear River offense is a pair of talented and athletic seniors in Tre Maronic and Colton Jenkins. A season ago, Maronic showcased his running ability as he racked up 1,182 rush yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. The 6-foot, 3-inch Maronic also caught 18 passes for 267 yards and six touchdowns. If that wasn’t enough, he also passed for 101 yards. He was named to the 2018 All-PVL First Team as a running back. This year, Maronic moves into the quarterback position where he will be relied upon to lead the team with his arm and his legs.
Like Maronic, Jenkins is a dynamic player who can run the ball, throw the ball and be an effective pass catcher. A season ago, Jenkins was an all-leaguer at his safety position on defense and played sparingly on offense, but was effective when he did. This season he will likely shoulder a much larger load.
BEVY OF BACKS
In addition to Jenkins and Maronic, the Bruins have a large group up and coming ball carriers looking to make an impact. Sophomores Ryder Kiggins and Jaime Vargas will likely see substantial time at fullback. Jacob Ayestaran, Zach Fink, Logan Siller and Joe Knowlton will all get opportunities to tote the ball as well.
IN THE TRENCHES
Anchoring the Bear River offensive line this year is senior Caleb Hurst and Warren Davis. Both players saw lots of playing time a season ago and will be counted on to lead a relatively young front line.
This year, the Bruins open with a new foe on their schedule, the Truckee Wolverines. Truckee was a force a season ago, going 11-2 and reaching the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A State Championship Game last season.
But before the Bruins officially kick off their season next Friday against the Wolverines, they get one final tune up Saturday when they host a scrimmage against Nevada Union.
“I think it’s been great,” said Savoie of the annual scrimmage between the two Nevada County schools. “Nobody has to travel too far, nobody has to get a bus. It’s been good. It’s good competition.”
The Miners are coming off a 2018 season in which they won three of their first five games, but struggled down the stretch and finished 3-7 overall. They return all-leaguers in Jaxon Horne (RB/DB), Duke Morales (LB), AJ Meyer (WR/DB) and Sam Slay (OL).
Nevada Union officially opens its season against Yuba City next Friday at Hooper Stadium.
The scrimmage between the Bruins and Miners will be held at Bear River’s J. David Ramsey Stadium. The varsity portion of the scrimmage gets started at 9 a.m. and junior varsity will follow at 11 a.m.
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