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High school football: Bear River Bears 2012 preview

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 11:26 p.m. MDT

Most played rivalry: 91 meetings with Box Elder dating back to 1923. Box Elder leads 64-25-2. Meet on Aug. 31.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Bear River's 91 meetings with Box Elder makes the game the longest uninterrupted active rivalry in state history, having been played every season since 1923. The winner has taken home a traveling trophy, the Golden Spike, since 1959. ... BR recovered 10 fumbles — a state record — against Jordan in a 1981 Class 3A playoff game.

Bear River coaching history

2002-current — Chris Wise (61-51)

2001 — Jay Graft (5-4)

1998-2000 — Ryan Bishop (23-10)

1997 — Jeff Kilts (2-8)

1992-1996 — Doug Parry (34-22)

1988-1991 — Mike Rosky (26-16)

1981-1987 — Dan Cox (58-21)

1979-1980 — Mark Pierce (4-14)

1978 — Hal Lewis (2-7)

1976-1977 — Bill Jacobson (7-13)

1968-1975 — Don Peterson (20-50)

1959-1967 — Gerald Simmons (38-39)

1957-1958 — Donald Smith (8-10)

1955-1956 — Hess Peterson (6-11)

1954 — Wendell Hess (6-3)

1952-1953 — Howard "Tuff" Linford (7-9)

1946-1947 — Floyd Rasmussen (4-10)

1944-1945 — Moyle Knudson (2-9)

1943 — Mr. Leavitt (0-6)

1940-1942 — Carl Smith (0-19)

1937-1939 — Lyle Tripp (9-11)

1932-1936 — Vern Harris (7-17)

1927-1931 — Leo Walker (10-14)

1922-1926 — Unknown (6-12)

Deseret News Mr. Football recipients

2004 — Jason Zundel, QB

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

2006 — Garland Munns, RB

2003 — Jason Zundel, QB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2009 — Hunter Payne, LB

2007 — Jake Miller, DL

2006 — Tyson Rasmussen, QB

2006 — Tyler Hess, OL

2006 — Jake Miller, DL

2004 — Tony Martinez, RB

2004 — Dallas Miller, WR

2004 — Travis Harris, OL

2004 — Isaac Williams, OL

2004 — Brady Robbins, DL

2004 — Devin Gibbs, LB

2003 — Tyrell Marble, WR

2003 — Bart Bowen, OL

2003 — Isaac Williams, OL

2003 — Nick Zundel, DL

2003 — Joel Harris, LB

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.

Email: jedward@desnews.com

Twitter: @DNewsPreps

Contributing: Jessica Wilde, Conner Johnson, Steve Mundee and prep football historian George Felt.

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