Bruin up a legacy
At Bear River High School these days, the more things change with the Bruins’ football program, the more they remain the same.
“We think we’ll be competitive if we can stay healthy,” said Bear River coach Terry Logue. “We have some kids back with experience from last season, but we don’t have a lot of numbers out this year. We’ll be trying to build our depth early.”
For Logue and fellow co-coach Scott Savoie, Bear River is coming off a banner campaign, where the Bruins qualified for the playoffs by winning an overtime game over Center in Week 10.
Once in the postseason, Bear River marched through Capital Christian, Ripon and Colfax to win its second CIF Sac-Joaquin Section crown in the past four seasons.
“We have eight players on offense returning that started last season and seven on defense,” said Logue. “Some of those are two-way players, so again, we really need to stay healthy”.
Logue talks about the Bruins needing to stay healthy from experience.
The longtime Bruins coach, whose 231 career wins ranks 7th all-time among CIF Sac-Joaquin Section coaches, is beginning his 45th year of coaching. After coaching stops at Paradise High and Butte College, Logue came to Bear River in 1986.
“It’s been a long time, but I still enjoy it,” said Logue.
Two players who should be keeping the Logue-Savoie coaching tandem happy this season are senior Calder Kunde and junior Tre Maronic. Both tall, rangy and fast, Kunde and Maronic figure to be in the hub of what the Bruins do on both sides of the ball.
“They’re both very good players,” said Logue about Kunde and Maronic. “We need to keep the two healthy.”
Kunde was a display of versatility last season as a junior. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder rushed 29 times for 222 yards and caught 30 passes for 484 more yards. Expected to start the season at quarterback this season, Kunde was 14-of-20 for 130 yards passing and two scores in his lone start in 2017. Kunde also intercepted four passes a year ago.
Maronic, meanwhile, was just as impressive as he rushed 66 times for 416 yards and also latched on to 24 passes for 418 more yards and six scores. Also a demon on defense, Maronic also averaged 23 yards a punt return.
Ready to mix and match this season to maximize their players, Logue and Savoie can envision using both Kunde and Moronic at quarterback along with junior Colton Jenkins.
“We’ll be using a lot of different players in different spots,” said Logue. “Kunde, Maronic and Jenkins all are capable.”
The Bruins hope to also utilize the experience and strength of their offensive line this season.
Returning starters include center Trae Nix, tackle Jonny Carillo and guard Sam Davis. Others to watch up front include tight end Logan Jenkins and Warren Davis.
Bear River will also be counting on running back-linebacker Hunter Daniels who picked up 123 rushing yards and scored a touchdown last season. In addition, senior Austin Slining, another linebacker candidate, returns after missing last season with an injury.
With a switch due to realignment, Logue said that the Bruins enter this season with a legitimate shot at a Pioneer Valley League title.
“With Placer and Lincoln gone, our kids can go into a year with at least the chance of winning a league championship,” said the Bear River coach. “Center is going to be real good, and we play them in the league-opener, and we’re hearing that Colfax is better than they were last year. It will be a tough league.”
2018 Bear River Football
Aug. 17 – at South Tahoe
Aug. 24 – vs. El Dorado
Aug. 31 – at Pershing County (Lovelock, Nevada)
Sept. 7 – at Liberty Ranch
Sept. 14 – vs. Encina
Sept. 28 – vs. Center
Oct. 5 – vs. Lindhurst
Oct. 12 – vs. Foothill
Oct. 19 – at Colfax
Oct. 26 – at Marysville