GARLAND -- The Bear River Bears were hoping to make a statement against one of the state's best football teams on Friday night. Unfortunately it was Juan Diego that did all the talking.
Quarterback Cole Nelson scored three touchdowns and Gabe Colosimo added two more as Juan Diego pasted the Bears 45-13 to move to 5-0 on the season, including 2-0 in the new 3-AA North League.
A large crowd and plenty of media descended on Bear River High School expecting to see fireworks with two high-scoring teams. But while the Soaring Eagles scored easily enough, the Bears could barely move the ball against a very physical Juan Diego defense.
"I thought our defense did a great job," Juan Diego coach John Colosimo said. "We were able to take away a lot of things Bear River likes to do. (Bear River's Jardee) Nessen is a great quarterback. I really like him and they've got some good receivers, so I knew we'd have to step it up on the defensive side. I think our defensive line was in their backfield a lot. We got to the quarterback and we stopped their running game."
The Bears managed a pair of touchdowns, including a 27-yard pass from Nessen to Colton Jensen with 5:01 left in the first half. The next one didn't come until late in the fourth quarter and Juan Diego already sporting a 45-7 lead.
Trying desperately to move the ball, Nessen finally found Brady Parker open for an 8-yard scoring strike, but it was too little too late for the Bears.
Perhaps most disappointing was the way the Soaring Eagle had their way on the line of scrimmage. The Bears (3-2) are huge up front and came into the game hoping to push Juan Diego around a little. But the opposite occurred. The Soaring Eagle routinely and easily drove the Bear River line backwards.
"That's our game," John Colosimo said. "We get off the ball and drive block. Bear River has a great offensive line, but I think we've got a pretty good one too."
Chase Williams led the Juan Diego rushing attack with 90 yards on 13 carries, while Nelson added 85 yards on 14 carries. Jesse Springer added 75 more yards on just nine carries.
Overall, it was a very impressive showing for Juan Diego, and back to the drawing board for the Bears.