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A small surprise: Bear River lineman comes up big as The Bee’s Prep of the Week

Bear River has been a playoff regular in part because it plays swarming defense. The Bruins have won two Sac-Joaquin Section championships in three seasons.
Bear River has been a playoff regular in part because it plays swarming defense. The Bruins have won two Sac-Joaquin Section championships in three seasons. Sacramento Bee file

Score one for the defense.

Zach Fink of Bear River took a runaway victory in The Bee’s Week 4 Prep of the Week voting. Fink had 4.5 sacks for a loss of 40 yards and forced two fumbles in a 44-21 win over Liberty Ranch last week.

Fink’s most impressive stats don’t show up in the box score: He’s a 5-foot-9, 160-pound nose guard.

“Our nose guard had an amazing game,” said Bear River co-coach Terry Logue, a sideline fixture at the school since 1986. “We’ve had a lot of great nose guards here, but no one has ever affected a game the way he did against Liberty Ranch.”

The win kept Bear River unbeaten at 4-0, good for the No. 3 slot in The Bee’s small-school rankings for the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Nearly 40,000 votes were cast and Fink took almost 56% of them. Thanks to everybody who voted and we’ll do this again after Friday’s Week 5 games.

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