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Jewett, Bruins churn past Lindhurst

By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Writer
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OLIVEHURST — Like flames snapping at the feet of firefighters in a burning building, host Lindhurst kept the heat on the Bear River High football team Friday night. Lucky for the Bruins, their running game was there to snuff out the flames. Running backs Johnny Jewett and Jason Varni scored three touchdowns apiece, and Bear River’s rushing attack racked up 291 yards in the team’s 48-31 nonleague victory over the Blazers at Dean Miller Stadium. “It’s a dang good thing we were able to (get so many touchdowns),” Bruins co-coach Scott Savoie said. “We had a hard time stopping anybody tonight.” Jewett, a junior, led all rushers with 180 yards on 21 carries. Varni finished with 51 yards on eight carries, and fellow senior fullback Brandon Vallero also had a rushing touchdown for the Bruins (4-1). “Our line did great,” Jewett said. “They did everything they could. They make the holes, and we run through the holes.” The success of Bear River’s running balanced out the team’s difficulties in shutting down Lindhurst’s passing game. Senior quarterback Ricky Davis racked up 287 yards through the air for the Blazers (3-2), with senior receiver Eric Arroyo catching eight passes for 154 yards and three TDs and senior tight end Victor Arroyo catching five passes for 107 yards. It was the second time this season that the Bruins had trouble shutting down an opponent’s passing game. They surrendered more than 300 passing yards to Capital Christian in their season opener Sept. 12. Still, as Savoie noted, “every time (the Blazers) scored, our kids answered back. As long as you can do that in big games, you’re going to be OK.” Bear River never trailed after Varni scored the Bruins’ first touchdown with 5:54 to go in the first quarter. However, Lindhurst stayed close through the first three quarters, narrowing the score to 27-25 in the third when Eric Arroyo caught his third TD pass of the game. Varni scored on a 37-yard run on Bear River’s next possession. The Bruins recovered a fumble on Lindhurst’s first play from scrimmage following the kickoff, and three plays later senior quarterback Tanner Mathias uncorked a 40-yard pass to senior receiver Nolan Lewis, setting up a 1-yard run by Varni to pad Bear River’s lead to 41-25. Junior varsity Bear River 37, Lindhurst 12 — Running back Sam Houston rushed for 125 yards and three TDs on 12 carries to lead the Bruins (2-3) in their final nonleague game of the season. Sean O’Brien and Jacob Harris each had 1-yard TD runs for Bear River. Linebacker Michael Wirth led the Bruins defensively with seven tackles (three solo, four assisted).