Bears roll past Indians in home football opener
After a first half scoring fest in game one, the Bears struggled early before cruising to a victory over the Preston Indians, 31-8. Bear River is still undefeated, 2-0.
On Friday, Sept. 6, the Bears will travel to Brigham City to face the 1-1 Box Elder Bees. Last year the Bears were blown out by the Bees, 42-0, the Bears are hoping to get their revenge this time around.
The Bears got off to a slow start last Friday with a fumble to end their first possession and an interception on the second possession. After recovering a Preston fumble on a drive toward the end zone, the Bears were forced to punt on consecutive possessions. This was not the offensive juggernaut that Bear fans had seen at North Sanpete just one week before.
Preston got on the board first with a touchdown and two-point conversion. The tide turned when Taylor Lund caught a punt and took it back 76 yards for a touchdown.
Jeramie Selman scored on a four-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown followed up by a two-point conversion by Bridger Beus. The Bears took a 14-8 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half Selman ran for a one-yard touchdown, and Beus once again gave the Bears two points on the conversion. JarDee Nessen hit Lund for the game’s only touchdown pass to give the Bears a 28-8 lead. Jared Olsen capped off the scoring for the Bears with a 24-yard field goal. Bear River won 31-8.
Nessen finished the game 11-18 for 247 yards and a touchdown. Nessen’s longest pass went to Brady Parker for 59 yards. Walker Riley was a perfect 5-5 for 55 yards, including a 21-yard toss to Jordan Sanchez.
The Bears overcame a pair of early turnovers and a penalty bug for the win. Bear River was flagged for 125 yards. Preston played the Bears for the run and had a very good run defense. Chris Wise and the rest of his coaching staff attacked through the air to the tune of 302 yards.
Parker caught four passes for 121 yards. Cole Fronk had four catches for 72 yards. Lund went for 54 yards on three receptions.
Defensively the Bears were tough allowing just one early touchdown, even when put in bad situations due to early offensive struggles. McKade Mitton had 10 tackles, including one for a loss. Lund had the only Bear River sack of the game.
The Bears have a few adjustments to make before Friday’s game at Box Elder. Aside from the penalties and turnovers they also put the ball on the grass three other times, luckily recovering all three.
1 2 3 4 – Final
Preston 0 8 0 0 – 8
Bear River 0 14 8 9 – 31
Stat Comparison Bear River Preston
First Downs 17 12
Rushing Yards 94 107
Passing Yards 302 178
Total Plays 54 60
Total Offense 396 285
Turnovers 2 1
Penalties – Yards 13 – 125 2 – 20
Nessen – 11-18/247/1/1
Riley – 5-5/55/0/0
Selman – 12/45
Parker – 4/121
Fronk – 4/72
Lund – 3/54
Sanchez – 2/34
Tackles: Mitton – 10; Pugsley, Wise – 6; Fonnesbeck, Lund, Wronkowski – 5
Photos: Leader/Kristi Kent