Showdown set up
With a solid offensive and defensive showing, the Bruins downed Foothill 31-13 Friday night, setting up a week 10 showdown for a share of the Pioneer Valley League championship.
“Ninety-seven percent of teams never get the chance at a week 10 championship,” Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue told his team. “They’re unbelievable. You’ve put yourself in this position with hard work.”
A victory next Friday over Colfax and the Bruins (7-2 overall, 3-1 league) have “very strong possibility” of playing at home “on our mucky little field” in the playoffs, said Bruins co-head coach Scott Savoie.
Colfax defeated Lincoln 28-7 Friday night clinching next Friday’s showdown for the championship.
The Bruins were bolstered Friday by another big game from running back Josh Toft. Toft ran for a touchdown, and racked up 212 yards on 17 carries. He carried the ball the bulk of the times for Bear River.
Bear River was up 21-0 at halftime on a one-yard quarterback keeper touchdown from James Harris, a 19-yard touchdown run by Josh Toft and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Brandon Wooner.
But it was defensive stand before the half that showed the Mustangs were going to have a difficult night putting up points.
Foothill (4-5, 1-3) got the ball down to Bear River’s 10-yard line and Mustang quarterback Thomas Tiapula was unsuccessful connecting with Kelly Bender in the end zone twice and Ilijah Johnson once. Tiapula also handed the ball off, but the Bruins stopped the Mustangs for no gain.
“I’m very pleased with the effort on defense,” Logue said, specifically referring to that goalline stand before the half.
“They have some quality backs, exceptional skill players that we stifled,” said Savoie.
Bear River’s offense wasn’t as prolific in the second half, but it didn’t need to be. The coaches worked on getting as many different players in the game for the last five minutes of the game.
The Mustangs got on the board first in the second half with a 19-yard run from Terrell Corbett with 7:28 left in the third quarter.
The Bruins countered with a two-yard touchdown run from Jimmy Bamburg with 1:39 left in the third quarter.
Bear River’s last score came on a field goal by Jack Tortorici with 1:33 left in the game.
Dillon Huffman led all Bruins tacklers with 16. Bamburg had 13 tackles and Tyler Quirarte had 12.
Foothill and Bear River last faced each other in 2006 with Foothill defeating Bear River 25-11. Foothill played in the Capital Valley League last year.
Bear River finishes the regular season next Friday at Colfax (7-2, 3-0). That game, which is part of a long, fierce rivalry, starts at 7:30 p.m.
JV: Bear River 34, Foothill 6
Bear River (9-0) took a small 8-0 halftime advantage and completely took the game over in the second half, winning 34-6 to claim the Pioneer Valley League championship.
“These kids are fighters and scrappers,” said Bruins junior varsity coach Chris Bean. “We had such a balanced attack.”
Bear River worked an uptempo offense early on, which had mixed results, including some false-start penalties, Bean said.
“It was not our cleanest football game,” Bean told his team. “But I told you we own the second half.”
Austin Dowling, Andrew Reiss and Cody Heard ran in touchdowns. Tevyn Kimble caught a touchdown pass and Jake Savoie had a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
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