Big Bear gets tested, but still unbeaten

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Sutherland gave Big Bear a 6-0 lead on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, while Scott Proctor and Mike Mooney picked up the slack with two rushing touchdowns each. “We overcame ourselves today,” Big Bear coach Dave Griffiths said. “I’m proud of the fact that our kids kept battling. Just like they wouldn’t go away, we wouldn’t go away either.” On defense, the Bears grabbed four timely interceptions, including a pair by Jesse Ceron. Big Bear put the game away when Kevin McCutcheon intercepted Wildcats quarterback Doc Edick with 13 seconds left in the game. “We know we have the capability to strike at anytime with our offense. But we’ve been relying on our defense all year,” Griffiths said. “We put them in bad situations sometimes with penalties or turnovers. But they continue to respond, game after game, and today was just another example of that.” Sutherland twisted his right knee while playing defense and had to be carried off the field. He received treatment on the sideline, but did not re-enter the game. Griffiths said he didn’t know how bad Sutherland was hurt or how long, if at all, the senior would be out. On offense, Big Bear (6-0, 4-0) lost starting running back Shawn Sutherland to a knee injury with 3:11 left in the first quarter and turned the ball over three times. On defense, the Bears were called for 45 yards of penalties and allowed 388 yards of offense as Twentynine Palms (1-4, 1-3) matched them score for score until late in the game. Despite the adversity, Big Bear produced on both sides of the ball. The Bears ran the ball by committee after Sutherland left the game, with six different Bears carrying the ball 28 times for 157 yards. BIG BEAR LAKE – Yes, the Big Bear football team beat Twentynine Palms, 34-20, on Saturday at Big Bear Middle School. And yes, the host Bears never trailed after taking a 14-7 lead in the second quarter en route to maintaining their perfect record on the season and in De Anza League play. But by no means did any of Saturday’s achievements come easy. center_img “I know the knee is hurt and we’ll re-evaluate it (today),” Griffiths said. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to the training staff enough or for any length of time about it.” Even though Sutherland was not physically on the field for most of the game, Proctor said his teammates carried Sutherland with them for the final three quarters. “We just had to keep going,” Proctor said. “We had to do it for him.” At Big Bear Middle School Twentynine Palms0 7 6 7 – 20Big Bear6 15 6 7 – 34 BB – Shawn Sutherland 1 run (run railed) TP – Jason Luke 1 pass from Doc Edick (Ben Weber kick) BB – S. Proctor 2 run (Chris Ambargey pass from Kriss Proctor) BB – Mike Mooney 1 run (K. Proctor kick) BB – S. Proctor 16 run (kick blocked) TP – Nicco Mathews 56 pass from Edick (kick blocked) TP – Hampton 4 run (Weber kick) BB – Mooney 2 run (K. Proctor kick) TPBB First downs1711 Rushes-yards33-17030-160 Passing yards21847 Comp-Att-Int10-22-44-9-2 Fumbles-lost1-01-1 Penalties8-405-65 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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