Greg Madson, Leader Publisher
Long after their stunning 38-26 upset win over Bear River, the Hurricane Tigers celebrated on Bear Field like it was their own. The celebrated like they had just won a state championship.
Almost. The win gave the Tigers only their second victory of the season and propelled them into a quarterfinal match up with region rival Pine View.
On the other side, the Bears stood stunned on the sidelines as the final horn sounded. The senior players were crushed as they walked off the field for the last time.
The numbers really don’t tell the story in this game. Hurricane had 367 yards of total offense, compared to Bear River’s 452. But untimely turnovers, including three interceptions that led to a short field, sealed the win for the Tigers.
Also, the Bears had no answer for Jeremiah Iremeia. The massive junior fullback punished the BR defense all game long. As a team the Tigers had 291 yards on the ground, compared to only 79 for the Bears.
Senior JarDee Nessen struggled under the pressure of the Hurricane front four. He completed only 16 of 38 passes for an amazing 373 yards and four TDs, but was picked off three times. One of the picks was a miscommunication between himself and junior Cole Fronk. The other two were great plays by the Tiger defensive backs.
Jeramie Selman was the workhorse for the offense again, managing 72 yards on 20 attempts. But he was often hit at the line of scrimmage and only managed a long run of 9 yards. Sophomore Bridger Beus had a breakout game with 4 catches for 140 yards and two scores. Colten Jensen closed out his career with 99 yards on 4 receptions, and senior Brady Parker and Fronk each had a TD reception.
Junior MaKade Mitton continued to terrorize the offense with an amazing 24 total tackles. Senior Taylor Lund, all 5-foot-6 of him, had 14 tackles from his linebacker spot and Justus Wise and Josh Frasure had 10 tackles each.
The Bears finish the year at 7-4, with a third place finish in the new 3AA region. Last year they were 7-5 and advanced to the 3A quarterfinals.
Though they surely were disappointed after the loss, this team has a lot to be proud of and they represented their school with class.
Watch for a photo gallery and video report on this web site – coming soon.