Bear River buries Cordova
RANCHO CORDOVA -- DeVaughn Lofton shed his backup label Friday night, then shed many more Cordova High defenders.
The senior sparked Bear River to a 37-13 romp over the Lancers as both teams opened the season.
Lofton was not slated to start a week ago, but when do-it-all senior Dallen Huetter suffered a season-ending back injury in a scrimmage, Lofton got the call.
He ran for 22 yards on his first carry, then scored the opening touchdown on a 17-yard dash. Lofton punctuated his big night by taking a short pass from James Harris and beating a host of Cordova defenders down the Bruins' sideline for a 56-yard TD.
Harris said Lofton has always been undersized, but he's worked to get bigger and now he's tough to handle.
"I've seen him progress a lot," said Harris, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 129 yards. "He's put in a lot of time and gotten bigger and now he's not afraid of contact. He sees the hole and he goes through it. And he has the ability to make guys miss."
Bear River's defense tightened up after Cordova took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown. The Bruins allowed just two first downs the rest of the first half and didn't give up another score until the game was already decided.
Michael Raigoza's interception midway through the first quarter set up Lofton's TD run.
Bear River fumbled the ball away late in the first quarter, but the defense came up with another stop to set up an impressive 80-yard touchdown drive. Jimmy Bamburg broke outside for an 18-yard TD run to give Bear River a 14-6 lead.
The Bruins picked up the pace late in the second quarter, going exclusively to the running game on a 54-yard TD march capped by Bamburg's 2-yard TD burst.
Dillon Huffman stripped Cordova quarterback Mike Hicks and the Bruins recovered to set up a 32-yard field goal by Jack Tortorici, which gave them a 24-6 lead at the half.
Bamburg showed off his versatility by taking the second half kickoff back 72 yards to the Cordova 13-yard line. Two plays later, Harris got a great block from Brandon Wooner on a keeper and scored from 11 yards out.
The Bruins held Hicks in check all night. He completed just 6 of 15 passes and was sacked five times.
The Bruins are back on the field next Friday, facing Hug of Reno at the Battle at the Capital at Del Oro. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Bear River 45, Cordova 13 — The Bruins rode the running of Michael Tipton, Caleb Johnson and Brad Botsford to a dominant win in their opener.
“It was pretty ugly on both sides,” Bear River coach Chris Bean said. “But we’ve got three or four backs who can all carry the ball.”
Zach Quirarte had an interception to lead the defense. Hunter Cramer had a big game on the defensive line.
Bear River 28, Cordova 8 — The Bruins got touchdowns from four different players in dominating their opener. Kyle Krogman, John Voter and Austin Smith had rushing touchdowns. Garrett Ramsauer caught a TD pass from Voter.