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Bear River holds on against Cordova, 50-43

By: Matthew Bell Journal Sports Correspondent
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LAKE OF THE PINES - In a wild and exciting game that included four offsetting penalties, five 2-point conversions, three converted fourth downs and 93 points (including 30 in the fourth quarter), the Bear River High football team emerged victorious over Cordova Friday night, 50-43.
Bear River was propelled by an outstanding performance by senior running back Sam Houston, who carried the ball 27 times for 179 yards, scoring four touchdowns, including an 8-yard run, breaking a tackle to reach the end zone and start the fourth quarter scoring mayhem.
Not to be outdone, Bruin QB James Harris threw for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to senior WR Joey Reina, whose three catches on fourth downs single-handedly helped sustain the Bruins' momentum late in the game against a strong charge by the Lancers.
Leading the charge against the Bruins, the Lancers' QB threw for 240 yards, including four touchdown passes, and also ran for 47 yards.
Junior varsity
Bear River 38, Cordova 6
After watching QB Dillon Smith throw for five touchdowns and his defense hold Cordova to just six points, Bear River head coach Chris Bean was proud of his team, who beat a "big fast, and strong team" in the JV Lancers.
He was even more proud of Smith, who put together an incredible game despite the Lancer defensive line that was "bringing the heat," said Bean.