LAKE OF THE PINES – Friday’s Bear River-El Dorado non-league football game played at Dave Ramsey Stadium was almost over before it started.
The Bruins, playing their first home game of the season on a night when the school’s new all-weather track was dedicated, made it look easy as the hosts scored three touchdowns in the game’s first nine minutes and went on to rout the Cougars, 53-7.
For Bear River, on their way to upping the team’s mark to 2-0, it was the Bruins’ second straight outburst of 50-plus points.
“I like the way a lot of different players contributed tonight,” said Bear River co-coach Terry Logue. “Our back-ups were in there in the second half and still playing hard.”
“I really don’t like scoring 50 points in a game,” Logue added. “That’s not us, but you can’t tell the kids not to score.”
The Bruins dominated the Cougars in all facets of the game as quarterbacks Calder Kunde and Tre Maronic each threw touchdown passes to Dylan Scott, and Maronic (95 rushing yards) added another on an 18-yard run. Fullback Hunter Daniels (74 rushing yards) also got into the scoring act when he added a late first-half inside quick-hitter that covered 32 yards for six more points.
Bear River’s defense had a hand in the game’s first score as following El Dorado’s first possession, Trae Nix blocked a Cougar punt and then tossed a lateral to Austin Slining, who covered the last 20 yards for the touchdown and a quick 7-0 advantage.
On the next possession, El Dorado picked up one first down before punting. Following the change of possession, Logue called for a “hook-and-ladder” play from Kunde to Scott to Maronic that was good for 30 yards down to the Cougars’ 10.
Two plays later, Clayton Anderson scooted in from five yards out. The extra point was missed, but it was 13-0 Bear River.
Another quick three-and-out by the Cougars gave the ball back to Bear River, and it took the Bruins just three plays to cover 62 yards with Kunde finding Scott all alone on a 37-yard scoring toss that made the score 20-0 at the end of a quarter.
A 23-yard pass play from Kunde to Daniels preceded the scoring play.
Bear River kept up the pressure in the second quarter as the Bruins used a 26-yard touchdown pass to Scott to up the count to 26-0. Later in the second quarter, Maronic darted around end from 18 yards out to make the score 33-0 Bear River at the break.
Other Bear River highlights included Colton Jenkins having an interception at the goal line that stopped a Cougar drive in the first half and Jeremy Rodriguez busting off a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter that eventually set up Rodriguez’s 5-yard run that capped the scoring.
Bear River will head back out on the road this Friday for a game in Lovelock, Nevada, against Pershing County. Pershing County was 10-1 last season with its lone loss coming to Bear River. On Friday, Pershing County opened with a 55-0 win over West Wendover.
“They’ve got everyone back from their state championship team,” said Logue. “It will definitely be a test for us.”