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Winless Matadors want breakthrough

Mira Loma’s (Sacramento) luck on the gridiron so far this year could be summed up in three little words:

Not very good.

If Bear River head coach Scott Savoie, whose team will face the Matadors (0-5 overall, 0-1 Pioneer Valley League) at El Camino High (Sacramento) on Friday has anything to say about it, the program’s poor fortunes will continue.



At least for one more game.

‘They’re definitely struggling, but they’ve got a few athletes who have impressed me,” he said.




Outlook

One of the players Savoie said has the potential to do damage is 6-foot-1, senior running back Andre Farley.

“He’s a big strapping kid. When he gets moving (he’s definitely hard to stop),” Savoie said. “He had one big run against Highlands (North Highlands) where it looked like they had him stopped (several) times, but kept on going.”

Another Matador on Savoie’s watch list is senior quarterback Danny Chemelka (5-9, 145).

Chemelka, who accounted for 100 of Mira Loma’s 221 total rushing yards on 12 carries in a 14-0 loss to Dixon Oct.1, will look to keep the Bruin defense guessing.

“Mira Loma’s really struggling in the trenches, (otherwise he’d) be one of those guys who could be really (scary),” Savoie said.

Defensively, the Matadors have given up the most points in the league at 141.

Lincoln, which Bear River defeated 35-21 last Friday, is just ahead with 139 points.

“The unique thing about last week’s game was we had close to 300 yards rushing but not a single 100-yard rusher,” Savoie said “The ball was spread around (a lot). I was really happy about that.”

The Bruin defense, which has given up an uncharacteristic 24.5 points per contest over the last four games, is struggling.

“(It’s true) we had some breakdowns toward the end of last week’s game,” Savoie said, “but the thing is it’s those kinds of mistakes would have cost us the game a few weeks ago.”

THE SKINNY

Opponent: Mira Loma Matadors

Site: El Camino High School

Date: Today

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

2004 record: 0-5 overall, 0-1 Pioneer Valley League

2003 record: 1-9, 0-6 PVL

League finish: Sixth

All-time series: Bear River leads 2-0

Last Meeting: 10/10/03 (Bruins won 41-7)

Five players to watch: QB/FS Danny Chemelka (5-9, 145, Sr.) , FB/DE Andre Farley (6-1, 205), WR/CB Albert Samaha (5-9, 130, So.), TE/OLB Alex Shirley (6-0, 190, Sr.), TE/DE Kerry Williams (5-11, 165, Jr.).

Directions: Take I-80 west to the Watt Avenue Exit. Head south to El Camino Avenue. Turn left on El Camino Avenue. The school is at the corner of El Camino and Eastern avenues.


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