Bear River football preview: Bears feeling the love as seniors lead

Wednesday , August 09, 2017 - 12:00 AM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

GARLAND — The years the Bear River High football team has been the most successful, there’s a bond forged among the players.

They genuinely care about one another and want each other to succeed.

“People that aren’t involved in sports that just look at box scores and things like that don’t really understand how much that goes into it, how much leadership and caring about the person next to you factors in,” Bear River coach Chris Wise said.

Every year, Wise harps on that point to his players and this year, he feels like he’s seeing it. The seniors watch the younger players and are willing to provide instruction when needed. But Wise points out it’s not about ego. The seniors aren’t correcting as an attempt to elevate themselves, but to elevate the younger players so that the team can be better.

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What that means for Bear River’s win total in 2017 as it competes in a region that includes Sky View and Mountain Crest — along with Logan, Ridgeline and Green Canyon — remains to be seen, but Wise senses his team won’t be backing down.

“Our kids don’t get intimidated,” Wise said. “They don’t. I don’t know what it is about Bear River kids. They’re not afraid of a challenge.”

Bear River returns a number of players on both offense and defense.

Those players include: Quarterback Kaygen Canfield, nose guard Easton Payne, offensive lineman Walker Wise, offensive lineman Makayden Kent, running back/linebacker McCoy Christensen, running back Drake Marsh, wide receiver/cornerback Jacob Olsen, defensive back Judd Miller and linebacker Tate Porter.

Canfield, despite gaining starting experience as a sophomore and starting every game as a junior, has been embroiled in a quarterback battle with junior Bradey Brown and freshman Josh Payne throughout the summer.

The challenge for Bear River, according to Wise, will be its size disadvantage.

“We give up a lot of size to those Logan teams. A lot of size,” Wise said. “And so we’re going to have to play as a unit on every down.”


BEAR RIVER 2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

(*Region 12 game)

Friday, Aug. 18: Juan Diego

Friday, Aug. 25: Box Elder

Friday, Sept. 1: West Jordan

Friday, Sept. 8: at Morgan

Friday, Sept. 15: at Sky View*

Friday, Sept. 22: at Green Canyon*

Friday, Sept. 29: Mountain Crest*

Friday, Oct. 6: at Ridgeline*

Friday, Oct. 13: Logan*

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Ogden


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Contact Standard-Examiner sports reporter Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook.

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