Bear River wins game, loses QB

By: Journal sports staff
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Bear River earned a costly victory Friday night.

Quarterback Dillon Smith suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second series of the game against Highlands, but the Bruins were able to grind out a 29-28 victory at home.

“That put a little damper on the offense,” co-coach Terry Logue said. “He’s been playing great and making good decisions.”

Logue said he isn’t sure if Smith will be back in a few days or be out for several weeks. Either way, it’s bad news for Bear River, which starts a four-game road trip next week at River Valley on Friday.

The Bruins  (3-0) took a 15-14 lead into halftime Friday, and knew  they’d have to win the battles in the trenches to prevail against Highlands.

“The kids gutted it out,” Logue said.

 A committee of running backs — Austin Dowling (93 yards), Cody Heard (49 yards, two touchdowns), Michael Raigoza (67 yards, 2 TDs), and Co. — were able to get the job done.

First-time quarterback Cameron Barrios completed 3 of 5 passes for 27 yards. He was intercepted once. 

“Cameron will throw more next week if he has to go,” Logue said. “It was nice to walk out of there with a win under difficult circumstances.

“We will create some plays he’s comfortable with.”