Godwin Heights slips past Pine River

LEROY — Wyoming Godwin Heights built up a 20-6 lead through three quarters and held off a late rally by the Bucks to hold on for 26-12 victory Friday in non-league action.

The Bucks got on the board in the second quarter with touchdown pass from Skyler Nelson to Mitchell McDonald to head into the half trailing 20-6.

Pine River added a 15-yard touchdown run by McDonald in the fourth quarter but Godwin Heights added a touchdown of its own in the final quarter to come away with the win.

“It was kind of a tough loss,” said Pine River coach Terry Martin. “We couldn’t seem to get our offense on the field in the first half. In the first half we ran 17 or 18 plays total. We were without a couple of our players and were actually playing with 16 kids. They wear down playing all that defense.”

Nelson went 10-of-21 passing for 157 yards and a score while McDonald had 55 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries and three receptions for 85 yards. “In the second half, we mounted a comeback and had a couple of opportunities to score,” Martin said. “We couldn’t finish off a scoring drive late in the game.”

Brendan Wallace had 11 tackles and Jeff Gross had nine for the Bucks.

Pine River (1-3) will host Lake City this Friday. The Trojans are 4-0 and have outscored their first four opponents 214-7.

“They’re looking pretty solid,” Martin said. “Drew Marion, their senior quarterback, is a real talented athlete. They’re a pretty dangerous team.

“We should have two more kids back in the lineup which will alleviate some of that pull on the kids.”

Herald Review sportswriter Greg Buckner contributed to this report.