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Within reach

El Dorado’s defense was exploited again Friday night at Ramsey Stadium, while Bear River’s defense became the best in the league.

Bear River overpowered the Cougars in the second half to win 27-7, after heading to halftime in a 7-7 tie.

Matt Belnap scored on an 18-yard run late in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter quarterback C.J. Crausby ran one in from a yard out and hit Axel Wadman for an 18-yard touchdown pass.

Crausby finished with two rushing touchdowns during a night in which he ran 28 times for 123 yards. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 93 yards.

“We realized we were playing down, and we just came together,” Crausby said.

The only points the Cougars scored caught the Bruins off guard.

Twenty-two seconds before halftime, on a fourth-and-23 from Bear River’s 43-yard line, El Dorado quarterback Jared Gavard hurled a pass down the right sideline to a diving Collin Williams, who landed just inside the goal line.

“I’m happy with the final score,” Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue said. “But I’m not happy with how they got their points.”

That was the only flaw Logue mentioned in the win, one week after the Bruins (7-2 overall, 5-0 Pioneer Valley League) clinched a playoff berth by winning at Lincoln.

By beating El Dorado (4-5 overall, 2-4 PVL), Bear River put itself in position to win the PVL for the second year in a row. A win in next week’s regular-season finale at Colfax (9-0 overall, 5-0 PVL) would give the Bruins the league title.

Last season, Bear River, Colfax and Oakmont finished in a three-way tie for the championship.

“It’s going to take a spectacular game on our part,” Crausby said of the rivalry match.

The Falcons hold a five-game winning streak against the Bruins. In 2000, Bear River won 21-7.

Colfax beat Lincoln 51-28 on Friday, but by allowing 28 points the Falcons became the second-best defense in the league. The Bruins have given up 88 points this season, while Colfax has now given up 99. El Dorado entered the game with a league-worst 200 points allowed.

In the home win, Belnap again led Bear River’s defense, as he racked up 19 solo tackles and four assists.

Logue said the turning point of the game came in the third quarter, when Wadman intercepted Gavard’s pass at Bear River’s 27-yard line and took it 12 yards to the 39. The interception ended a 40-yard drive by the Cougars.

Gavard finished 14-of-29 for 135 yards and two picks. On El Dorado’s second play of its possession to start the fourth quarter, Mitchell Militano intercepted Gavard at midfield.

Wide receiver Lars Nielsen made a pair of key grabs for the Bruins, as he finished with two catches for 49 yards.

JV: Bear River 21, El Dorado 0

Duane Zauner won his 150th game Friday, and the Bruins (7-3 overall, 4-1 Pioneer Valley League) have a shot at the PVL championship.

Because Whitney beat Placer 9-7 on Friday, Bear River can earn a tie for the PVL crown by beating Colfax next week.

Zauner, who is the only coach Bear River’s JV program has seen in its 21-year existence, holds a 150-57-2 record.

Chris Parfitt ran for a pair of touchdowns against the Cougars, and Jason Varni ran 35 yards for another.

Chad Quirarte had an interception for the Bruins, in addition to catching a 2-point conversion from quarterback Tanner Mathias.

The win was Bear River’s third-straight shutout, and fourth this season.

Frosh: Bear River 38, El Dorado 0

Johnny Jewett ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley League.

Quarterback Brian Pedro ran 45 yards for a touchdown, in addition to rushing touchdowns by Brandon Fry and Cole White.

With only next week’s game at Colfax remaining, Bear River has outscored its opponents 310-6 this season.


To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail jeffm@theunion.com or call 477-4247.

Bruins 27, Cougars 7

El Dorado (4-5) 0 7 0 0 – 7

Bear River (7-2) 0 7 7 13 – 27

Second Quarter

BR – C.J. Crausby 5 run, Jared Murnan kick (6:02).

ED – Jared Gavard 43 pass to Collin Williams, Andi Darr kick (:22).

Third quarter

BR – Matt Belnap 18 run, Jared Murnan kick (:05).

Fourth quarter

BR – C.J. Crausby 1 run, run failed (9:43).

BR – C.J. Crausby 18 pass to Axel Wadman, Jared Murnan kick (3:32).



First downs 10 14

Total Net Yards 199 302

Rushes-yards 24-64 51-209

Passing 135 93

Comp-Att-Int 14-29-2 6-12-0

Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-43 4-35


RUSHING – El Dorado, Michael Reed 13-42, Collin Williams 1-20, Jon Paul Turner 7-17, Jared Gavard 3-(minus 15). Bear River, C.J. Crausby 28-123 and 2 TDs, Matt Belnap 9-38, Andy Parquette 8-30, Gary Schmidt 4-10, David Richey 2-8.

PASSING – Jared Gavard 14-29-2 for 135 yards and 1 TD. Bear River, C.J. Crausby 6-12-0 for 93 yards and 1 TD.

RECEIVING – Collin Williams 5-70 and 1 TD, Max McAfee 4-20, Michael Reed 1-15, Jon Paul Turner 1-15, W. Michael Turner 1-8, Taylor Smith 1-5, Trevor Peterson 1-2. Bear River, Axel Wadman 3-44 and 1 TD, Lars Nielsen 2-49, Matt Belnap 1-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS – El Dorado, Andi Darr 1. Bear River, none.

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