Bruins Open Rugged Road Stretch With 28-14 Win

Bear River Tames River Valley; Now 4-0
By: (Gold Country News Services)
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YUBA CITY — Starting the first of a rugged four-game road stretch away from the friendly confines of Dave Ramsey Field, the Bear River Bruins' football team looked far from intimidated here Friday night. Playing without the services of starting quarterback Dillon Smith who rested an injured shoulder, the Bruins followed a steady effort from backup signal-caller Cameron Barrios, a run-by-committee effort by its ground attack and a gritty defensive performance to turn back River Valley, 28-14. The Bruins, now 4-0 on the season, pulled away from a 14-7 halftime lead by scoring two pivotal third-quarter touchdowns that the host Falcons couldn't overcome. With an upcoming road trip to Scott’s Valley next weekend and ensuing away Pioneer Valley League tests with Colfax and Placer on the horizon, the Bruins' road victory was just what the doctor ordered. "I thought the kids played a good, balanced game on both sides of the ball," said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. "We made a few mistakes but we hung in there when we had to. It was a good win and we'll take it." River Valley, with talented all-purpose back T.J. Dove leading the way, kept things close trailing just 14-7 at halftime. Dove scored both of the Falcons' touchdowns, the first on a 34-yard run in the second quarter and the other on a 53-yard punt return in the second half. But in the third quarter, Bear River used a 21-yard score from Barrios to Austin Dowling for one touchdown and Cody Heard's third touchdown of the night on a two-yard run for another that vaulted Bear River into a 28-7 lead. The first Bear River score of the third quarter followed a 56-yard kick return by Caleb Johnso to start the second half. Mixing its regular offensive set with a Wildcat look most of the night, Michael Raigoza led Bear River's balanced rushing attack with 76 yards on 16 carries. Meanwhile, Dowling chipped in with 51 more on seven trips. Heard contributed 37 more yards and scored on runs of one, six and two yards while Johnson added 27 yards and Andrew Reiss 23 more as the winners rushed for 288 yards. In the air, Barrios was efficient by hitting on five of nine passes for 93 yards with one interception. Tevyn Kimble was the top receiver with three catches for 65 yards. Dove led River Valley's offense with 129 yards on 16 carries. Dowling intercepted two passes on defense for Bear River. "We have a long road trip next week and then we come back and start league," Logue said. "It's nice to be 4-0 but we have some tough games ahead."