Bear River took to the field without their general, starting quarterback Dillon Smith so they relied heavily on the run. Cody Heard was the name called most often which resulted in 3 Bruin touchdowns. On the night Bear River compiled 232 yards on the ground as the defeated River Valley by a score of 28-14
Smith dislocated dislocated his shoulder last week so the Bruins had to make adjustments.
Bear River's co-head coach Scott Savoie told the Appeal-Democrat after the game. "We were pretty one dimensional tonight, but like I told the kids, it was gut-check time."
The Bruins blocked a punt in the first quarter and caused three turnovers on the night, things that coach Brandon Asher said his team will need clean up heading into Tri-County Conference play in two weeks.
"We were prepared and didn't execute, and as a coach, I didn't do my job tonight," Asher said to the local newspaper. "They wanted it more than us and we made a lot of mental mistakes."
Bear River (4-0) found the scoreboard first on a 50-yard touchdown march near the end of the first quarter. Heard did the scoring honors on a short 1-yard plunge, giving the Bruins a 7-0 lead heading into the second.
River Valley (2-2) answered back with an impressive 71-yard scoring drive midway through the second quarter as Dove broke loose for a 34-yard touchdown scamper to tie the game at 7.
The Falcons went on to outgain the Bruins 175-167 in the first half, but Heard scored his second touchdown of the game with a 6-yarder just before halftime to give the Bruins a 14-7 lead at the intermission.
The comeback wasn't to be, however, as the Bruins picked off the Falcons twice in the final period to come away with the victory.