Bear River’s magical season came to an end Friday night in Bloomington at the hands of the Desert Hills Thunder by a score of 23-17.
The Bears 23-10 late in the third but they recovered a bad snap from the Thunder and recovered the ball on the 24 yd line of the Thunder. On the first play from scrimmage the Bears score on a 24 yd. TD pass from Kyle Zundel to Colten Jensen. The PAT was good and they trailed 23-17.
The Thunder turned the ball over on downs and the Bears took over with about 70 yards to go and three minutes on the clock. They drove all the way to the Thunder 25 yard line but an intentional grounding and sack gave the ball back to the Thunder, who ran out the clock.
Desert Hills scored first in the opening quarter but the Bears came back on a 20 yard pass from Zundel to Garrett Fronk with 3:18 left in the first to tie the score at 7-all.
Desert Hills kicked a field goal after a punt touches a BR player and took a 10-7 lead with 10 minutes to go in the half. They added another TD with 3:01 left in the half but the PAT was blocked to give them a 16-7 lead over Bears.
The Bears recover a touched fumble and Jared Olsen knocked through a 23-yard field goal to trim the lead to 16-10 with 7:14 to go in the third.
Desert Hills’ quarterback then broke a long TD run to open up a 23-10 late in the third. From there, the Bears showed they had no quit.
After the game coach Chris Wise praised his team for their preparation and drive, showing they had no quit in them with the late game comeback.