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Woodcreek's high-powered offense shut down by Bear River

By: Rob McAllister/Gold Country News Service
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LAKE OF THE PINES — A night of surprises began on the second play as the Bear River High football team pulled out a new trick and scored on its way to a 24-10 victory over Woodcreek on Friday night.
On second down from the Bear River 27-yard line, quarterback James Harris tossed to fullback Jimmy Bamburg in the flat, who then floated a perfect ball to a streaking Harley Sauers along the right sideline for a 73-yard touchdown.
“Jimmy just put it up there and Harley just took off. The corner was so far up, there was no chance he was going to catch Harley,” Harris said.
Said co-head coach Scot Savoie, “Woodcreek is really aggressive in the secondary, and we thought maybe they would come clean up on that first toss to Bamburg.”
That wouldn’t be the only surprise of the night. The Bruins shut down the Timberwolves (3-1) and held an offense that was averaging 54 points to 10 in moving to 4-0 for the first time since 2005. The effort was led by junior Michael Raigoza, who had two interceptions and batted down a would-be touchdown toss by Shaun Mize at the end of the first half. Woodcreek settled for a Nick Poon field goal.
“For some reason, I was really reading (Mize) well,” Raigoza said. “I was prepared for the plays (the Timberwolves) were running.”
The defensive back intercepted the first one on Woodcreek’s first drive after Mize scrambled to make something out of a broken play from the Bear River 12.
Raigoza toed the line and snatched the ball inside the 10 before sailing out of bounds. His second pick came in the fourth quarter at midfield.
“The Bruins just beat us soundly,” Timberwolves coach John Hildebrand said. “They were just flat better than us.”
Co-head coach Terry Logue was in disbelief that his Bruins held a team that scored 70 against Casa Roble to a single touchdown.
“Our guys just made a tremendous effort all night long,” he said.
Bear River led 7-3 at the half, but the Timberwolves took 5:55 on the first drive of the second half and scored on a 10-yard run by Mitchell Layton, who rushed for 78 yards in 20 attempts, to go up 10-7.
That was Woodcreek’s final lead. The Bruins marched down the field on the next possession, with help from two key runs by DeVaughn Lofton, and a 28-yard field goal by Jack Tortorici tied the score with 3:36 left in the third quarter.
Woodcreek missed a 36-yard field goal attempt, and the Bruins turned that missed opportunity into a 14-yard run by Lofton for a touchdown and 17-10 lead.
Bear River added one more score on a four-yard run by Bamburg to seal the win.
Woodcreek has a week off before facing University of Oregon-bound quarterback Jake Rodrigues and Whitney in its final tuneup for the Sierra Foothill League.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Hildebrand said. “We found out some things about us that need some improvement.”
Junior varsity
Bear River 23, Woodcreek 21
— A safety in the middle of the second quarter on a bad snap didn’t seem all that important at the time but proved to be the deciding points. Woodcreek picked off a pass at the Bear River 20 and scored in the first nine seconds of the game. Brad Botsford rushed for 112 yards as Bear River improved to 4-0.

Bear River 24, Woodcreek 10

Woodcreek   0   3   7     0 — 10
Bear River    7   0   3   14 — 24

BR — Sauers 73 pass from Bamburg (Tortorici kick)
Wood — FG Poon 23
Wood — Layton 10 Run (Poon kick)
BR — FG Tortorici 28
BR — Lofton 14 run (Tortorici kick)
BR — Bamburg 4 run (Tortorici kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Woodcreek, Layton 20-78. Bear River, Harris 11-49, Bamburg 10-35, Toft 8-47, Lofton 5-52.
PASSING — Woodcreek, Mize 16-25-0, 122. Bear River, Harris 4-15-0, 54; Bamburg 1-1-0, 73.
RECEIVING — Woodcreek, Knapp 4-45. Bear River, Sauers 1-73, Wooner 1-33.