Jr Zebras shut out Bear River in complete sweep

By: Greg Easter/Courtesy
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The Lincoln Jr. Zebras faced their third Sierra Valley foe in the Bear River Jr. Bruins and pitched shutouts across the board for a clean sweep of the visitors Saturday. MITEY MITES After holding the Jr. Bruins to four-and-out, Shayne Mabberly raced 33 yards for a Jr. Zebras’ score. Gabriel Burns added the point after touchdown. Burns again got the call a few plays later and rambled 36 yards for a touchdown. After Aiden Newberry recovered a Bear River fumble, Caden Noonan scampered 27 yards for TD No. 3. Joaquin Miller ran for the PAT. After another Lincoln defensive stop, Noonan jetted 45 yards for six. Kaleb Bacus got in on the act by scooping up a Jr. Zebras’ fumble and going in for a score. Bacus again scored from a yard out after Noonan’s 55-yard run. The final TD was scored by Devin Henry, with Bacus running for the extra point. Also recovering a fumble was John Andres. JR. PEEWEES Lincoln’s Cole Vineyard led the defense in stopping the Jr. Bruins. That allowed Grady Manly to follow blocker George Diaz 29 yards for a touchdown. Bear River then went to the pass only to have Diaz intercept. Bear River returned to the rush only to have Tyler Scheer recover a fumble; Manley then went up the middle for 28 yards and a TD. Dominic Spence then intercepted the Jr. Bruins next attempt to go to the air. After the offense moved the ball into Bear River territory before turning it over, Kyle Suchomel fell on a Jr. Bruins’ fumble. Then quarterback Nick Miller hit Zachary Hatten for a TD and an18-0 Jr. Zebras’ lead at half. After Deven Brown’s kickoff return was nullified, Malachi Nelson carried for 43 yards, Nick Burns for 25, Tommy Turner scored on a quarterback sneak. Brown later scored on a 33-yard interception return, and Spence went 74 yards from scrimmage. The Jr. PeeWees won 42-0. PEEWEES Both teams came in 4-0 and the Jr. Bruins left at 4-1 as the Jr. Zebras prevailed 21-0. Lincoln’s Ethan Suchomel went 40 yards behind solid blocking for the Jr. Zebras first score. The two teams traded the ball a few times before Christopher Hernandez got open for a 61-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Easter and another six. The Stripers led 13-0 after Jacob Lemus ran it in for the extra point. The Zebras’ defense took over in the second half led by Ernesto Cuevas and Antonio Nevarez, who secured a Bear River fumble. In the final stanza, QB Luke Wiley went deep to Deven Coffer to set up a Nevarez score. Nevarez added the PAT. The Jr. Zebras’ PeeWees are at the top at 5-0; at 4-1 are Bear River, Granite Bay, Grant and Roseville. JR. MIDGETS In spite of the Jr. Bruins’ poor record, the fourth game of the day started out all defense. Led by Cade Borgerson, Zachary Eutsey, Tyler Eslinger and Cole Guadarrama, the Zebras’ stuffed the Bear River offense all day. After Ryan Graham’s 40-yard TD was called back, Lincoln went to the air. Quarterback Preston Eklund hit Ben Buhler for 21 yards. Riley Meyer then took an Eklund pass and eluded the defender for six. On defense, Eklund prevented a Bear River score by going 59 yards to catch a Bruins’ receiver before he could score. The defense did the rest and the Jr. Zebras led 6-0 at half. In the third quarter, Eutsey recovered a Jr. Bruins’ fumble. Matt Brown then took a pass from Eslinger for a good gain. The quarterback followed that up with a nifty run into the end zone. In the fourth period, the Lincoln defense wouldn’t let Bear River cross the 50-yard line as the Jr. Midgets’ 12-0 victory left them tied for first with Grant. MIDGETS After the Lincoln defense pushed the Jr. Bruins back and forced them to punt from their end zone, Gabriel Triano capped the effort by returning the punt 33 yards for a touchdown. The Jr. Zebras launched a strong pass rush that allowed Dominick Sanders to pick off an errant throw, but the half ended before Lincoln could add another score. The defense was led by Pablo Miller and Bradyn Keeler leading to a failed punt by Bear River. On offense, Anthony Anderson took a shuffle pass from Isaac Adams to increase the Zebras’ lead to 12-0. After getting the ball back, runs by Elijah Loncaric and Triano put the ball on the Jr. Bruins’ 1-yard line. Adams then snuck it in for six. Chad Bagwell kicked the PAT to put Lincoln up 20-0. Sanders ended any Bear River hopes of a score by intercepting a Bruins’ pass as time ran out. The Jr. Zebras travel to Granite Bay for a matchup with the Jr. Grizzlies; games start at 9 a.m. Greg Easter is a Jr. Zebras’ coach and News Messenger contributor