Bear River comes up short at Morgan, losing 24-21

Bear River vs Morgan, fighting for sole possession of 2nd place in the region, Morgan celebrating homecoming and senior night in one day and rivalry pride on the line…what more could you ask for? Well, maybe a thriller of a game and the fans got exactly that as well.

Morgan eked out a pivotal region game by the final score of 24-21 in a game that lived up to its billing. Morgan threw two running backs, Kade Carrigan and Lantzen Toomer, at the Bear River defense all night long and though the two backs would get their yardage, the Bears did not make it easy.

Offensively for Bear River, it was at times frustrating to say the least. Dropped passes, and untimely penalties, killed Bear River drives all night long. None more devastating than midway through the 4th quarter with the Bears trailing 17-14.

The defense, like it had done all night, stuffed the Trojan offense and forced a fumble giving the offense a shot at taking the lead. Quarterback Kyle Zundel rushed for 12 yards on the first play, but an unsportsmanlike penalty pushed them back 15 yards from the spot of the foul.  

Instead of having 1st and 10 at their own 45, they were facing a 1st and 25 from their own 21. The Bears would end up punting and the Trojans scored on the ensuing possession to make it 24-14.  

But the defense provided another chance to tie or take the lead. Down 24-21, the Bears defense held strong again killing a Trojan drive and stuffing Morgan’s attempt to go for it on 4th and 3 from the Bear River 38 yard line. That gave the ball to the Bears with 1:28 remaining in the game and no Bear River timeouts.

Zundel promptly marched his offense down the field and had 1st and 10 from the 28 yard line with 28 seconds to go in the game.  Zundel rolled to his right and wanted to throw to his receiver who was supposed to be running a route toward the sideline. Instead, the receiver broke the opposite way and the pass was picked off by Carrigan to end the game.  

The Bears now will head to back to Garland asking ‘what if’ about Friday night in Morgan. They will need to turn their attention to next week and Grantsville who will look to play spoiler to Bear River’s homecoming week. The game is Friday night at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 104.9 FM in Box Elder County and <a target=”_blank” href=””></a>.

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