Center Pounces On Bruins Miscues For 36-0 Win

Center Improves To 3-0 In PVL Grid Race
By: Gold Country News Services
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LAKE OF THE PINES - In case followers of the Pioneer Valley League haven't noticed, the Center Cougars football team sent a message here Friday night that they are indeed for real. Capitalizing on five Bear River turnovers, following talented running back D'Juan Bellaire's four touchdowns and unleashing a pass rush that sacked Bear River quarterback Dillon Smith six times, the Cougars routed the host Bruins, 36-0. Now 3-0 in the PVL, if the Cougars can get past Foothill next week, they would come to Auburn on Nov. 2 with a shot of at least a piece of the league crown when they meet Placer. "They have a solid squad," said Bear River coach Terry Logue about the Cougars. "I'm just disappointed that our mistakes helped them out a lot tonight. The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game was." Logue was right. For the first 23 minutes of the first half, the Bruins and Cougars slugged it out in a battle of field position with Bear River's defense limiting the hard running Bellaire to just 39 yards on 14 first half carries. But in the final 50 seconds of the first half, with the score tied 0-0, the game changed dramtically. The first big play by Center came with less than a minute left in the half when Robert Gervais picked up a bouncing Bear River punt and returned it 45 yards down to the Bruins' five-yard line. One play later, Bellaire went over for a 7-0 lead with only 28 seconds to go. On the first play after Center's ensuing kickoff, Bear River fumbled with the Cougars recovering at the Bruins' 19-yard line. With only six seconds on the clock, Center quarterback Tyrell Anderson lofted a pass from the 14-yard line that looked like the Bruins had for a pass interception. However, Bear River couldn't bring the ball in and it landed in the hands of Center's Steve Tate who was laying on the ground in the end zone. "We had a sure interception there but didn't reel it in," said Logue. "We played a great first half defensively but we were down 14-0." More problems continued for the Bruins in the third quarter when they lost a fumble after they had made two first downs. Three plays after the turnover, Bellaire burst off tackle and was gone 35 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 advantage. After yet another lost Bruins fumble and a following fourth quarter interception, Center added two more Bellaire fourth quarter TD runs of 17 and 39 yards. Just how bad was Bear River's luck on this night ? On a bad snap after the Cougars' first score of the fourth quarter, Anderson corralled the bobbled snap and ran it in for two points. Bellaire finished with 173 yards on 25 carries. Bear River, which falls to 6-2 overall, still needs one more win in Pioneer Valley League play to become playoff eligible. The Bruins host Lincoln this Friday and Foothill on Nov.2. Bear River JV 14 Center 12 - Bear River improved to 3-0 in PVL action with the tight win over the Cougars.