It's a Girl!
LAKE OF THE PINES– It was otherwise just an average night at J. David Ramsey Stadium for the Bear River Bruins, who tend to score in bunches this season – except for one big history-making difference.
Shelbi Beghetti became the first female football player to score a touchdown in Bear River history when she took a 1-yard handoff to the house in the second quarter of the Bruins’ 49-0 rout of Lindhurst Friday night.
“It feels really amazing,” said Beghetti. “I had all my brothers there supporting me, leading me in. It’s just a great feeling.”
Beghetti, a senior two-year varsity player, also plays on both offensive and defensive line for the Bruins, who moved to 2-0 in Pioneer Valley League play and 7-0 overall. After the game, she was awarded a rare gift from Bear River co-coaches Terry Logue and Scott Savoie: the game ball.
“I’m going to have to put it in some sort of case in my room or something,” said Beghetti. “It’s definitely going to stay somewhere special.”
Though not the first female player in pads for the Bear River program, she will certainly be remembered as the one who made the biggest impact, said Logue.
“There have been a couple girls who’ve tried and weren’t successful,” said Logue. “Shelbi is the first one to play a complete season last year, the first one to ever carry a ball, and now she’s the first one to ever score a touchdown.”
Beghetti’s teammates have been extremely supportive of her over the past two seasons, said Savoie.
“Our running backs are fighting to get into the backfield to block for her. They’re literally all over each other trying to get back there,” said Savoie. “They enjoy sharing the limelight with her. There’s respect between her and the boys.”
Beghetti took a number of handoffs as well as big hits in the backfield, but just like the boys, she just got ready for the next play.
“She just keeps chugging. Every time she’d take the ball, she’d take on a couple hits, get a couple yards and just pop right back up,” said Bear River quarterback Calder Kunde. “Yea, she’s a girl, but I think she could take on all the guys on our team.
“When she gets in, she does her job. She knows what she’s got to do. She never complains. She’s just one of us. We just kind of took her in. She never wants to give up. She’s always going 100 percent. We all love her.”
Bear River bolted out of the gate Friday, scoring 35 first-quarter points against a severely outmatched Lindhurst team. The Bruins produced four touchdowns on just three offensive plays by the midpoint of the opening quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, Jared Baze broke through the line for a strip-sack which was recovered by Trae Nix in stride for a 27-yard scamper to the end zone.
Tre Maronic then ran a 19-yard score and caught a 31-yard pass from Kunde to quickly put the Bruins up 21-0. Clayton Anderson sprinted 26 yards for the next Bear River TD, and Colton Jenkins added a 4-yard score at the end of the first to go up 35-0.
Entering this week, the Bruins were ranked at the top of the Maxpreps Sac-Joaquin Section Division V ladder. They are ranked 22nd overall in the section rankings, and only Modesto Christian (16th) had allowed fewer points to the opposition all season.
Next Friday, Bear River hosts Foothill with hopes of remaining unbeaten.