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Bear River surges past Lincoln 39-21

By: Matthew Bell/Gold Country News Service
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LAKE OF THE PINES – The Bear River High football team, led by James Harris, Sam Houston and junior Brendon Wooner, outgunned Lincoln in a rain-drenched Pioneer Valley League showdown to remain in the hunt for the league title. Lincoln, which began the night tied with the Bruins for second place, started the game strong, with a quick 2-minute scoring drive capped off by a 44-yard touchdown pass from Christian Perkins to Isaac Allen. But, faced with an early 6-point deficit, Harris and the Bruins responded quickly and Bear River never looked back. Harris threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Josh Toft to cut the lead to one, and the hosts then took the lead with a pass over the middle from Harris to junior Wooner for a 54-yard touchdown. Wooner, who joined the team a few games ago after the tragic death of Justin Butler, had a breakthrough performance Friday with several catches, including a one-handed grab for 22 yards on the next possession that set up a 9-yard touchdown by Toft, which gave the Bruins a 21-7 lead late in the first half. From there, the Bruins relied on Houston, who despite playing injured, managed to score three times on the night. Even with Bear River's great performance on both sides of the ball, Lincoln managed to put together a strong second-half charge. The Zebras scored on two big plays five minutes apart in the third quarter: a 65-yard run by Bobby Humiston and a 77-yard pass from Perkins to Allen. The Bruins, however, regrouped and held them scoreless for the rest of the game, sealing the victory. With the win, Bear River improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the PVL. The Bruins host Foothill next Friday night before visiting Colfax to close out the regular season. Junior varsity Bear River 43, Lincoln 15 -- The Bruins continued their incredible unbeaten streak by crushing the Zebras, despite a slow start. "We didn't get going early," Bear River coach Chris Bean said afterwards, "but special teams did it for us again. We ran it back on the kick return and from there we played really physical for the rest of the game." Offensively for the Bruins, Dillon Smith threw for three touchdowns (to Tevyn Kimble, Andrew Harris, and Cody Heard) and Andrew Reiss and Michael Raigoza both ran for a touchdown apiece.