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Bruin-Falcon grid rivalry has had plenty of highlights

By: Mike Ray
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When Colfax and Bear River tee it up Friday night in their big Pioneer Valley League football showdown, there’s plenty of Falcon-Bruins grid history that has preceded them.

For Colfax, the Bruins aren’t their oldest football rivals. That distinction goes back to the 1960s with Lincoln. But looking back on the Colfax-Bear River series that dates to 1986, which the Falcons lead, 17-15, there have been more than a share of emotional wins and losses absorbed on both sides of the river.

In a glance back, here are a few of the Falcons-Bruins games that stand out:

1986 – Colfax 34, Bear River 6

In the first ever meeting between the two schools, the Bruins were no match for a Falcons team that finished 10-2 and went on to win its first CIF section title.

1988 – Bear River 10, Colfax 7

Bear River coach Terry Logue insists this win over Colfax “saved my job.” Ironically, Rip Arenz, who attended middle school with Colfax players at Weimar Hills, scored all of the Bruins’ points on a touchdown catch, an extra point and a field goal.

1989 – Bear River 7, Colfax 0

Former Colfax and Bear River defensive coordinator Jeff Baggett played a standout game on defense – for Bear River – in the first shutout of the series.

1990 – Colfax 26, Bear River 14

In George Massick’s final game as the Falcons’ coach, the Bruins’ playoff plans were denied by Colfax following Chris Nave’s solid play at quarterback and safety for the win.

1994 – Bear River 38, Colfax 0

On their way to their first CIF section title, the Bruins pasted the Falcons, who struggled to a 3-7 campaign.

1998 – Colfax 28, Bear River 12

The Falcons picked off four Bruins passes in shackling the defending Sierra Foothill League co-champions.

1999 – Bear River 33, Colfax 27

Bear River’s defense stopped the Falcons at the 1-yard line as time expired.

2001 – Colfax 35, Bear River 23

The late Jordan Zapper, a converted defensive back, fires three touchdown passes to stymie the Bruins.

2003 – Colfax 21, Bear River 0

The Falcons’ first shutout of the Bruins is highlighted by a 95-yard touchdown pass from Ben Galbraith to Mike McCoy.

2005 – Colfax 30, Bear River 20

The Bruins were 9-0 and Colfax 8-1 in a showdown for the PVL crown. Mike Fucci had a 48-yard TD run for Colfax, while Bear River’s Kevin Grimes went 87 for a Bruins six-pointer.

2008 – Bear River 31, Colfax 12

Jason Varni rushed for 159 yards and Johnny Jewett added 100 as the Bruins end a seven-year losing skid to Falcons. Current Bear River assistant coach Tanner Mathias threw for 140 yards and a touchdown while Chris O’Donnell comes up with two interceptions.

2009 – Colfax 33, Bear River 32 (OT)

In the series’ lone overtime game, played on a Monday because of a flu epidemic at BRHS, the Falcons used Mackey Leal’s extra-point kick as the difference. Pat Rawlins and Josh Moreno each scored two TDs for the Falcons, while Colfax’s Tommy Baldoni and Bear River’s Cole White both had 11 tackles apiece.

2012 – Bear River 24, Colfax 14

The Bruins’ Dillon Smith threw for 241 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Raigoza (two), Austin Dowling and Kris Edie all had interceptions.

2013 – Colfax 28, Bear River 21

The Falcons’ Michael Wilson threw for 299 yards and three scores, but it was Tim Rawlins’ 20-yard touchdown run with 1:48 to play that was the difference.

2017 – Bear River 30, Colfax 27

In the team’s second meeting of the season – Colfax won the first game, 31-14 – Bear River followed big games from Calder Kunde, Tre Maronic and Austin Baze to turn the tables on the Falcons and take the CIF Division V title.

 

Colfax leads all-time series with Bear River, 17-15

 

2017 – Bear River, 30-27 (D-V Section title game)

2017 – Colfax, 31-14

2016 – Colfax, 31-14  

2015 – Bear River, 41-14 

2014 – Bear River, 28-17 (D-V Section title game)

2014 – Bear River, 21-20

2013 – Colfax, 28-21

2012 – Bear River, 24-14

2011 – Colfax, 48-0

2010 – Colfax, 24-0

2009 – Colfax, 33-32 (OT)

2008 – Bear River, 31-12

2007 – Colfax, 28-0

2006 – Colfax, 30-7

2005 – Colfax, 30-20

2004 – Colfax, 28-7

2003 – Colfax, 21-0

2002 – Colfax, 20-10

2001 – Colfax, 35-23

2000 – Bear River, 21-7

1999 – Bear River, 33-27

1998 – Colfax, 28-12

1995 – Bear River, 37-0

1994 – Bear River, 38-0

1993 – Bear River, 30-6

1992 – Bear River, 26-7

1991 – Bear River, 35-8

1990 – Colfax, 26-14

1989 – Bear River, 7-0

1988 – Bear River, 10-7

1987 – Colfax, 50-21

1986 – Colfax, 34-6