JarDee Nessen has been chucking the ball all over the field during his senior year, but Friday night in Tooele the Bear’s quarterback put on a clinic. Nessen went 26 of 34 for 492 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown.
This week the Bears will be at home for their biggest game so far this year against Juan Diego. The Soaring Eagle is 4-0 and only gives up 11 points per game.
The first game for Bear River and Tooele in the new 3AA North Region was an exciting show from two explosive offenses, but the Bears claimed victory 62-48.
Bear River’s entire offense was on point against Tooele reaching the end zone in its first seven drives.
On the third play from scrimmage Nessen found Colton Jensen for a 42-yard touchdown. Nessen punched it in from the 1-yard line on the next possession putting the Bears up 13-0. Bear River finished the first quarter with Nessen finding Cole Fronk for a 7-yard TD pass, and the Bears were rolling 20-7.
The Bears ended every drive with a touchdown except for a pair of second half punts. At halftime the game looked like it was over with the Bears leading 41-27, but the Buffaloes scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to keep it interesting.
Nessen’s protection was incredible behind one of the state’s best offensive lines. Branson Fonnesbeck, Justus Wise, Carson Gibbs, Braden Pugsley and Parker Lewis were dominant in the trenches. As a core they have been varsity starters for three years and it is paying off.
Brady Parker scored on a 21-yard pass from Nessen in the second quarter. Nessen followed that one up with a 72-yard TD strike to Jensen. BR coach Chris Wise dialed up another Nessen to Jensen play for a 37-yard score to finish the first half. 239 of Jensen’s 283 receiving yards came after the catch. He showed that his track speed translates easily to the turf. Jensen caught 10 passes with three going for touchdowns.
Taylor Lund ran for 105 yards on 22 carries as the workhorse for the Bears. He scored his touchdown early in the third quarter.
Nessen ended his great outing with two more touchdowns to Fronk, who finished the game with seven catches for 60 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bears accounted for 610 yards of total offense on their unstoppable night. On defense Tanner Porter had an interception. Mitton had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in the victory.
3AA North has some offensive fire power. Juan Diego scored 69 points, Bear River went for 62, Tooele had 48 and Stansbury scored 35.
1 2 3 4 – Final
Bear River 20 21 13 8 – 62
Tooele 7 20 14 7 – 48
Stat Comparison Bear River Box Elder
First Downs 26 19
Rushing Yards 118 324
Passing Yards 492 139
Total Plays 67 66
Total Offense 610 463
Turnovers 0 2
Penalties – Yards 7 – 75 8 – 70
Nessen – 26-34/492/7/0
Lund – 22/105/1
Nessen – 6/14/1
Jensen – 10/283/3
Fronk – 7/60/3
Parker – 1/21/1
Tackles: Mitton – 11; Lund – 8; Fraser, Jensen, Pugsley, Roberts, Lewis – 6; Porter, Wronkowski – 5