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Bear River tops Capital Christian in shootout

By: Ray Hacke, Journal Sports Writer
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LAKE OF THE PINES -- Bear River High had an arsenal full of explosive runners. Capital Christian boasted a high-octane passing attack. The teams lit up the scoreboard with their offensive fireworks Friday night, but it was special teams that ultimately made the difference for the Bruin football squad as it won its season opener 56-35 at J. David Ramsey Field. Senior fullback Jason Varni scored three touchdowns for Bear River, junior halfback Johnny Jewett added two more – one on a 58-yard punt return -- and senior quarterback Tanner Mathias threw for an additional two TDs as the Bruins won despite being outgained in total yardage, 440-385. Seniors Garrett Barbic and Nolan Lewis each caught touchdown passes for the Bruins, and senior halfback Cris Parfitt scored on a 21-yard TD run. Defensively, senior rover Chad Quirarte led Bear River with two sacks. The Bruins had difficulty shutting down Capital Christian’s passing game, with junior quarterback James Lee carving up Bear River’s defense for 369 yards, 234 of them in the first half. Bear River started getting to Lee in the second half, however, shutting down the Cougars (1-0) deep in Bruin territory to set up the game-sealing touchdown, a 34-yard pass from Mathias to Barbic. JV – Bear River 27, Capital Christian 7: Sean O’Brien carried 15 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins their season opener at J. David Ramsey Field. Two other sophomore running backs also scored for Bear River – Chris Carcido on a 19-yard run and Sam Houston on a 20-yard run. Carcido also led the Bruins defensively with two interceptions. Sophomore quarterback Joe Lavelle completed 6-of-7 passes for 67 yards.