Bruins remain unbeaten with thrashing of Liberty RanchBy: Mike Ray
GALT– The Bear River Bruins are a football team in waiting.
Thus far in the 2018 football season, the Bruins are waiting for an opponent to give them a football game.
It didn’t happen Friday night as the Bruins rolled to their fourth straight win, this one a 49-21 win over Liberty Ranch in the first meeting between the two schools.
Don’t let the final tally fool you; the game wasn’t that close.
Keyed by a 57-yard return of a blocked field goal on the game’s opening series by Calder Kunde, the Bruins jumped out of the starting blocks fast and led 28-0 just eight minutes into the game.
“That 14-point turnaround early was big for us; it really got us going,” said Bear River co-coach Terry Logue. “The kids are playing well.”
Bear River returns home Friday to host Encina Prep, a team from the Division VII Sacramento Metro Athletic League with a Calpreps.com rating of -64.
Is it too early for the Bruins to be looking down the road? A huge Sept. 28 Pioneer Valley League opener at Lake of the Pines against Center, which will take a 4-0 record into this Friday’s game against Lincoln, is on the radar.
“That’s where you can get in trouble,” said Logue about the upcoming titanic with the Cougars, that barring any league upsets, will play a big role in this season’s PVL chase. “We just have to take it one game at a time.”
Following Kunde’s key field goal block-return that kick-started Friday’s win, the Bruins followed with first-quarter scores from Hunter Daniels on a 3-yard run, a 10-yard scoring pass from Kunde to Dylan Bergez-Scott and a 6-yard tally from Tre Maronic. Later in the game, Maronic returned a Hawks kickoff 92 yards for Bear River’s final points in the third quarter.
On defense, the Bruins continued to excel as the Bear River unit set up the team with fine field position after Logan Jenkins came up with a fumble recovery and Chad Bucher picked off a Hawks aerial.
Bear River also had the good fortune of the ball bouncing its way in the second quarter when a screen pass to from Kunde bounced off a Hawks defender and went into the hands of Daniels, who turned the play into a 23-yard touchdown pass.
Bergez-Scott, who had two catches for 28 yards in the game, also snagged an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kunde near the end of the half to finish a short drive that boosted Bear River’s lead to 42-14 at the break.
Maronic led all rushers with 62 yards on seven carries while Kunde was 9-of-13 passing for 126 yards. Jared Baze and Sam Davis were both credited with good defensive games while Zach Fink added three tackles and a sack.
In the JV game, Liberty Ranch notched a 35-14 win over the Bruins.