Bear River's juniors taste first defeat

Class of '10 never lost a game on freshman, JV squads before falling Friday
By: Ray Hacke, Journal Sports Writer
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ROSEVILLE – Facing their first taste of defeat at any level of high school football, Bear River’s juniors were determined to take some of the bitterness out of it. The Bruins gave up five touchdowns in the final 14 minutes of the first half of Friday night’s 38-28 loss to host Woodcreek. Still, Bear River (2-1) came back strong in the second half, limiting the Timberwolves (2-1) to just three points while scoring two touchdowns to make the final score respectable. Before Friday night, Bear River’s juniors had never lost a high school game, going 10-0 on the Bruins’ freshman and junior varsity teams the past two years. “We talked about (the streak being in peril), and we decided to go out with a bang,” junior defensive tackle Robby Burr said. “We played with a lot of pride.” Senior quarterback Tanner Mathias completed 17-of-30 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bruins offensively. Senior receiver Garrett Barbic caught seven passes for 136 yards, including a 69-yard TD reception that put Bear River up 14-0 with 5:19 to go in the first quarter. Brandon Webb had a 41-yard touchdown catch among his 78 receiving yards for the Bruins. Fellow senior receiver Nolan Lewis caught four passes for 53 yards, all in the second half. The success of Bear River’s passing game, however, couldn’t help them overcome the four touchdowns the Bruins allowed in the second quarter. “(Woodcreek) hit us harder up front than anybody’s hit us all year,” Bear River co-coach Terry Logue said. “We just got out of sync totally – our offense and our defense.” Senior fullback Jason Varni led Bear River in rushing with 64 yards on 15 carries and two TDs, including a 23-yarder that capped the Bruins’ first drive of the game. Junior linebacker Cole White led Bear River in tackles.