Coming off last week’s season-opening win over Teton High, the Jackson Broncs (1-0) football team is getting set for a matchup with Bear Lake (1-0) at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Bears, led by head coach Ryan Messerly, are coming off of a 42-13 win over the Big Piney Punchers in week one. Hitting the road for the first time this season, Bear Lake will bring an experienced roster into tonight’s game.

On the offensive side, the Bears are led by junior quarterback Tayson Neal, who was incredibly efficient under center in their first game of the season.

The junior was 22-for-32 passing, finishing with 218 yards through the air, and four touchdowns.

Leading 20-13 heading into the fourth quarter, Neal was able to seal the game for the Bears late, calling his own number with a QB run for a touchdown and following it up with a 55-yard TD on the very next drive, putting the game on ice.

While the Timberwolves struggled to sustain drives last Friday against the Broncs defense, this week shouldn’t be so easy. The Bears have several experienced playmakers on offense that can spark big plays at any point in their drive.

While the Bears used a collective effort in their ground attack against Big Piney, seniors Blake Matthews and Alex Alleman carried the bulk of the load. Alleman led the team with 87 yards on 15 carries, while Matthews contributed 57 yards on 12 carries.

Through the air, sophomore Bryson Crane was Neal’s top target. The receiver hauled in 98 yards on five receptions, with a touchdown.

Junior Jordan Garbett also caught a 55-yard touchdown in the victory.

Last season, the Broncs defeated the Bears with ease on the road, coming out with a 50-21 victory.

The Broncs have come out on top in two of the last three matchups with the Bears, dating back to 2018.

Contact Will Aldrich at 732-7065 or sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

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