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.”