Bear River falls to Center, 35-28

By: Rob McAllister Journal Sports Correspondent
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ANTELOPE- After a grueling loss in week six to Placer it seemed facing a team with a 2-4 record the following Friday would cure any ails the Bear River High football team would have. Center was not about to be anybody's doormat. On their turf and on their homecoming night, the Cougars used precision passing, daunting runs and a brilliant last second special teams dash to beat Bear River 35-28 and drop the Bruins to 5-2. The Cougars pounced early, scoring on a Malik Williams running play from 37 yards out. On the second drive quarterback Tyrel Anderson, who finished 13 for 19 for 165 yards passing and 67 rushing yards for three scores, ran one in from the Bruin 27-yard line. It totaled the most points any team had put up against the Bruins in one game all season. “We didn’t play hard as we normally do and (Center) did,” said Bruin co-head coach Terry Logue. “We did not play with the same type of intensity.” It would take a “desperation moment” as co-head coach Scott Savoie put it, with two minutes left in the first half for the Bruins to come alive. Down 21-0, quarterback James Harris led the team on a 75-yard-drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Brandon Wooner from 20 yards out. The defense stepped up in the second half and the offense picked up steam. Holding the Cougars to one score late in the fourth, the Bruins were down by a touchdown when Bear River got the ball back with 3:59 on the clock. This 75-yard drive ended with a Jimmy Bamburg dive into the end zone on fourth down and one with 32.6 seconds left. Center was not done. On the ensuing kick off, Robert Gervais took the kick 65 yards to the house and the Cougars capped off a thrilling night with a score in the final seconds. JV- Bear River 39 Center 20