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Bruins smash Orland Trojans with 49-7 victory

The Varsity Football Team listens to the Nation Anthem at Bear River’s first home game against Orland. Photo by Hailey Juergenson

Bruins mauled their opponents in the first game of the year.  

Bear River hosted the first football game of the season against the Orland Trojans on Friday, August 25. The Bruin Varsity game ended with a score of 49-7 in favor of the Bruins. Friday night’s Junior Varsity game went just as well, with the Bruins winning 10-7.

Varsity Head Coach Scott Savoie entered the season with high hopes.

“We want to end up in the win column, with more wins than losses obviously and that’s the first thing,” he said. “In the first game you always want to get off to a great start, it’s great when you can win your opener. You spend all the way from January working towards that first game, so it’s a big shot in the arm when you can win that one.”

With morale high, the team as a whole is looking forward to playing more games together this season.

“I think we’re a lot closer than last year, as a team,” Stephen Taylor, a senior wingback, said. “I think more people get along and there are less cliques.”

Shelby Beghetti, a junior offensive and defensive tackle, agreed with Taylor.

“The team is super close this year,” she said. “We’re definitely more of a family then I think we’ve ever been before.”

The JV team seems to feel the family vibe as well.

“Everyone works together pretty well,” Zach Fink, a sophomore fullback, said. “It’s kind of like a big family.”

However, not quite everything went right this game. Luke Baggett, the senior quarterback, was ejected first quarter according to Taylor.  

“We had a setback with Luke getting ejected early in the game,” he said.

Baggett was understanding to why he got ejected.

The team, even with the setbacks, pulled off an incredible victory.

“I thought for our first time out, first game, that our kids represented really well,” Savoie said. “…That’s what I’m most proud of, that I thought we handled not having Luke out there in a really positive way.”

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Bruins smash Orland Trojans with 49-7 victory