Placer clinches share of PVL football title with 31-6 win over Bear River
By: Ike Dodson of the Auburn Journal
A boggy field may have aided a few fumbles Friday, but it wasn’t the rain or mud that brought Bear River High’s rushing attack to a dramatic halt – that was all Placer.
Devin Toste and Morgan “Meatball” Rein-Robinson were a constant harassment in the Bruin backfield as Placer allowed negative (one) rushing yards in a 31-6 rout of Bear River at LeFebvre Stadium.
“They have a really good defensive line and their front seven is really good,” Bruin coach Terry Logue said. “We couldnât run the ball, and any time you are one dimensional it’s a lot easier to defend.”
Placer (5-4 overall, 4-0 Pioneer Valley League) now carries a winning record for the first time this season, and has locked up at least a share of the conference title. The Hillmen can win it outright by beating Lincoln next week.
Kabongo Scott had an interception for Placer.
“To come out and play the way we did, I could not be more proud of our team and our coaches,” Placer coach Joey Montoya said. “We have been fortunate enough to have some great defensive lines and this one ranks right up there with some of the best ones we have had.”
Toste and Robinson had two sacks apiece, and also combined for 55 of Placer’s 328 rushing yards on offense. Mario Perez ran for 127 yards on 24 grueling carries through the muk, scoring three times on goal-line dives. Athony Kerrigan escaped for an electrifying 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half and ended with 146 yards on 16 carries. He had two of the only three completions thrown by quarterback Michael Stuck (3 for 9, 32 yards).
Placer out-gained Bear River 360-138. Bradley Dzioba led three Bruin passers by going 10 of 21 for 127 yards. He hit Stephen Taylor on a 60-yard scoring strike on Bear Riverâs second possession of the game, but that play would account for nearly half of the teams production. Despite rushing 17 times, the team was unable to gain a yard on the ground.
At 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference, Bear River is eliminated from the playoffs and will accept a losing season for the first time in 28 years.
“I’m bummed out about the losing season, but I’m proud of that streak,” Logue said. ”We are definitely fired up to win that last game (Nov. 4 against Center).
“We don’t want to go out with a loss”.