Bruins win long-awaited opener

By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Bear River High’s freshman football team had to wait a week to open its 2009 football season, but the Bruins didn’t show any rustiness Thursday from their delayed start. A week after having their opening game with El Camino canceled because of a starting time mix-up, the Bruins made the long trek to San Andreas and came home with a 30-0 blanking of host Calaveras. Cody Heard led the Bruins with a pair of touchdowns on runs of 2 and 30 yards and also was on the receiving end of a 15-yard scoring aerial from Dillon Smith. Travis McKnight also added another score on a 10-yard run while the defense was sparked by Hayden Macklin and Michael Raigoza, each with pass interceptions. In other frosh games Thursday: Placer 48 Woodcreek 14 at Auburn – The Hillmen improved to 2-0 by using a big second half effort to stymie the visiting Timberwolves. Leading just 20-14 at halftime, the Hillmen erupted following the offensive fireworks of running back Michael Robinson and quarterback Casey Yunk. Robinson led all rushers with 18 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns while Yunk added 62 more rushing yards and also scored a pair of six-pointers. Jaylen Lewis also shined for the winners as he had a 43-yard pass interception return for another score and also added a 14-yard scoring run. Placer coach Jim Gray credited good defensive games from Jack Hatlerly, Ryan Talley, Dominick Granieri, Isaac Brahce and Eddie Vandedoes. Truckee 33 Colfax 7 at Truckee – Austin Mulderrig’s 50-yard pass interception return in the second half set up Justin Kotey’s 3-yard touchdown run for the Falcons’ lone score in the road loss.. Colfax (0-2) fell behind 20-0 at halftime, and had a hard time generating offense against the Wolverines. Granite Bay 21 Del Oro 20 - In a non-league game, the Grizzlies rallied from a 12-0 halftime deficit to get the win. Del Oro quarterback Peter Denham fired three tocudhwon passes, two to Josh Krieger and one to Aaron Freeman. The two teams meet again in Loomis on Oct. 14 in the Sierra Foothill League opener. Nevada Union 34 Rocklin 0 - The Miners scored two touchdowns in the game's first four minutes and cruised past the Thunder.