Lewis' explosiveness leads Pine River

Elijah Lewis
Elijah Lewis

LEROY — Pine River’s Elijah Lewis is getting his hands on the ball, which is bad news for Bucks opponents.

Lewis ran for 163 yards and five touchdowns and caught two passes for 63 yards to lead Pine River over Hesperia 42-17 on Thursday in non-league football action.

Lewis had a 92-yard run for a touchdown. He also had scoring runs of 13, 8, 7 and 30 yards, and caught a 62-yard pass from Luke Hill for a touchdown.

Lewis had a 30-yard run for a touchdown and caught a 62-yard pass from Hill for another six points. He had runs of 92 and 8 yards in the second quarter Pine River led 27-6 at halftime. Lewis had scoring runs of 7 and 30 yards in the third quarter for a 39-14 lead.  The Bucks kicked a 27-yard field goal in the fourth.

“Elijah Lewis had a pretty outstanding night,” Buck coach Terry Martin said. “He had five touchdowns on 10 touches and scored another one through the air, which broke our school record for most touchdowns in a game. It was a special night for him. Offensively, things worked really well for us.

“Defensively, we came up with some pretty big stops. They drove the ball on us a couple of times early. We managed to get a couple of takeaways in our red zone and that was a huge difference to swing momentum our way.”

Brock Nelson, who scored three touchdowns in a 22-0 win over Kalkaska in the season opener, gained 115 yards against Hesperia.

Depth in the running game “was something we were missing last year,” Martin said. “Elijah was really a special player but all the defenses were keying in on him. It was frustrating for him parts of the year. This year, we have Elijah with all of his speed and Brock Nelson is a strong power back. At quarterback, Luke Hill is doing a nice job of managing ball. We have some pretty good receivers but haven’t had to utilize them that much.

“We return pretty much our whole offensive line from last year.”

Tanner Schimel had 10 tackles for the Bucks,

Pine River (2-0) plays at Evart on Friday, Sept. 7. The winner receives the Wounded Warrior trophy.

“It’s a trophy game and that’s always exciting,” Martin said. “It should hopefully be an exciting game.”