Bear River impressive in 50-3 drubbing of South Lake Tahoe

By: Mike Ray
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – In his pregame summary of playing the Bear River Bruins in his team’s season opener Friday night, South Tahoe football coach Louis Franklin made it sound like his Vikings were playing the Green Bay Packers.


They are rock stars,” Franklin told the Tahoe Daily Tribune before the game. “They lost last year to the eventual state champs. We're playing the cream of the crop. We know we're biting off a big challenge.”


All things considered, the Bruins did their best Packers impersonation and lived up to their pregame billing. In a first-time meeting between the two schools, the Bruins started fast and never looked back in posting a dominating 50-3 thrashing of the Vikings.


“For a long trip like this and to play without a couple of linemen, all in all, it was a good game,” said Bear River co-coach Terry Logue. “We had a couple of penalties that hurt us, but the kids overall did a good job.”


Taking advantage of four South Tahoe turnovers, including a 27-yard interception return for a late first-quarter score by Austin Slining, the Bruins built a 27-3 lead by halftime and cruised to the victory.


“For a first game, it was good to see the team execute like they did,” said Logue.


Tre Maronic, who rushed nine times for 91 yards and caught a pair of balls for 17 more yards, got the scoring going when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Calder Kunde with 3:59 left in the opening stanza.


Two plays after Maronic’s opening score, Slining came up with his pick-six  interception off of South Tahoe sophomore quarterback Jake Tarwater to up the count to 14-0. Tarwater, under heavy pressure most of the night, completed 11 of 24 passes for 124 yards.


In the second quarter, Bear River increased its lead to 28-0 after Maronic broke loose from 28 yards out, and Colton Jenkins caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Kunde.


South Tahoe avoided being blanked when kicker Gio Medina Morales drilled a 46-yard field goal that hit the crossbar and went through on the final play of the first half.


In the second half, the onslaught continued for the Bruins as Dylan Bergez-Scott, who led all pass catchers with four grabs for 88 yards, snared a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kunde, and Erik LaCoss added a 16-yard scoring run.


LaCoss also broke off a 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Bear River’s other points came via safety after a bad snap on a Vikings punt.


Kunde finished the game 7-of-12 through the air for 112 yards and three scores. On defense, the Jenkins brothers stood out as Logan Jenkins recorded 10 tackles and Colton Jenkins came up with a pair of interceptions. Hunter Daniels also added a fumble recovery.


“We only had 21 players in pads, but everyone played and contributed,” said Logue. “It’s good being 1-0.”


Bear River will play its first home game of the season Friday when they host El Dorado. El Dorado dropped its season opener to Argonaut, 33-0, Friday.