BEAR RIVER HIGH - By Tate Atkin, Headliner Sports Editor, August 10, 2022
Are you ready for some football? The NFL and college football seasons are right around the corner, however, for the fans of Friday Night Lights, the season is here at last. The Bear River High Bears will officially kick off the 2022 football season on Friday, August 12, when they host the Morgan High School Trojans at 7 p.m. at Bear Field. They also held their annual Red and White game where the varsity and junior varsity teams faced off against each other on August 6. Photos of that game can be found below.
The 2022 season brings a lot of new changes to the football program at Bear River High. For the first time in 20 years, the Bears will be led by someone other than long-time Head Coach, Chris Wise. With a new head coach, Trampis Waite, comes new offensive and defensive philosophies and play calling.
Read more about Coach Waite in a previously posted article by BRVNEWS.com on the link below.
Perhaps the most noticeable change for some fans this year will be the new uniforms. The Bears are trading in their traditional red for black jerseys and pants and a new-look white helmet. The players, coaches and fans are hoping all the new changes will translate into victories on the field and an exciting season.
2021 Record: 0-10 (including a 1st round playoff loss to Dixie High School)
Players to watch:
#2 Ryker Jeppsen (QB/CB)
#61 Kaden Zaugg (C)
#8 Tydon Jones (RB)
#25 Tyson Braegger (MLB)
#54 Xander Lish (DL)
#11 Jace Roberts (WR)
#33 James Anderson (CB)
#5 Talon Marble (WR/S)
"I have been very pleased with the attitude of our team throughout the off-season. With myself not getting here until June, we were still able to get a lot of work done in the weight room, field and mentally through hurdle. This will be a fun and challenging year as we have a completely new coaching staff, new schemes on both sides of the ball and new players stepping into bigger roles. I do believe this team is resilient and they are hungry for success.
Their attitude has impressed me so far. I fully expect us to compete with everyone on our schedule and hopefully put ourselves in a position to be in the mix in one of the top regions and classifications in the state. I look forward to our match up with Morgan High, one of the top programs in the area. We have a lot to build on for success this year and moving forward. Our core values this year are relentless and loyalty. I hope that those two words are expressed in how we play this year."
- Trampis Waite, Bear River High Head Football Coach
With a new coach and a young team, the Bears are looking to gain experience early on and build on successes throughout the season. It looks to be another tough schedule for the Bears, but they are fortunate enough to have a majority of those games played at home on Bear Field. They will travel for only three of the 10 games scheduled this season.
The season will once again be a tough for the Bear River High football team as they compete in 4A's highly competitive Region 12. That includes Bear River High and all of Cache Valley's high schools; Logan High, Green Canyon High, Sky View High, Mountain Crest High and last year's 4A state champions, Ridgeline High.