BRIGHAM CITY — Coming into Friday's game between Bear River and Box Elder, the Bees had won the "Fight for the Golden Spike" nine of the last 13 times, including seven of the last eight matchups.
Unfortunately for the Bears, the Golden Spike won't be coming to Tremonton anytime soon.
The Bees stung Bear River with a 37-7 victory Friday night at Box Elder High to keep the spike in Brigham City another year and move to 3-0 on the season. The loss drops the Bears to 2-1.
Bees' coach Wes Roesler said the difference in the game was the Box Elder defense, where the game plan called for total aggression.
"We wanted the defensive line to take away the running game, then double-covered their main receivers and put pressure on the quarterback," Roesler said.
With the exception of Bear River's first drive, the Box Elder defense accomplished its mission. The Bears held a brief 7-6 lead in the first quarter, following a 13-yard TD run by running back Tony Martinez, before the Bees opened up the scoring flood gates. Offensively, Roesler was just following his game plan.
"I usually don't do it, but tonight I scripted the first seven plays and they all worked," Roesler said. "Next time I'll make the list longer."
The seven plays included a 19-yard touchdown run by Bees star running back Bo Herbert and a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Davis to receiver Matt Putnam. The Bees finished off the scoring in the first half with a Cam Jones 24-yard touchdown scamper. Herbert said things went the Bees' way in fhe first half.
"We came out fired up and found the holes," Herbert said. "Our defense also came up big."
Both teams went scoreless in the third quarter before Box Elder sured things up in the fourth. Just when Bear River thought it might get back into the game, Bees' return specialist Dan Sumko returned a Bear River punt 85-yards for a score. Box Elder followed that up with a safety on Bear River's ensuing drive and finished the game with a Davis 2-yard touchdown plunge. Despite the lopsided win, Roesler gave the Bears credit for a hard fought game.
"They've had a lot of coaching changes over there in the last few years, and tonight the final score doesn't show just how tough they played us," Roesler said. "We had three players who didn't finish the game because of concussions. We still have a long way to go before we can be called a good team."
The Bees finished the game with 320 yards total offense. Davis threw for 136 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a touchdown. Herbert ran 15 times for 121 yards and a score. Putnam completed the game with two catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, along with several tackles on defense. The Box Elder defense held the Bears to only 129 yards in the game. Coming into the game, the Bear River offense had averaged more than 30 points a game and defensively held opponents to under 10 points.
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