Bear River hosted Juan Diego for “Bears Black Out Night” in Garland. The two things that ended up being blacked out was the scoreboard–which didn’t work the entire night–and the Bears offense as the Soaring Eagles coasted to a 45-13 win, showing the rest of the state why they are ranked #1 in their 3A class.
It all started with the physical and high-intensity defense, shutting down a Bears offense who averages 40 points a game including their 62 point display last Friday night in Tooele. That same Bears offense could not get going, and if they did it was in spurts.
The defense was exposed by the Eagles head-first, down hill running game taking time off the clock and chalking up yards averaging 6.5 yards a carry. Coach Wise said in his interview after the game that the key play that turned the whole game around was late in the 2nd quarter after the Bears scored their first TD of the game to cut the deficit to 28-7, they attempted an onside kick. The Bears recovered it, and though it appeared the ball went over 10 yards the refs felt otherwise and they were forced to re-kick.
The Eagles took a 28-7 lead into half. And in the first possession of the 2nd half Bear River turned it over on their second play, then watched Juan Diego score in two plays. From there it was all Juan Diego in a game that might have Region Championship implications.
Bear River will now turn their focus to Stansbury for homecoming week. That game is next Friday night, 7pm in Garland. To tune in, it will be on 104.9 FM.