Gross, Bucks set for final two games of regular season

LEROY — Pine River’s football team only has three seniors this season, but boasts several key juniors including running back Jeffrey Gross.

Gross has been among the Bucks’ top backs. He had a big game in the 33-27 loss to Evart on Oct. 5 with 113 yards rushing.

Offensively, the Bucks were able to do enough last Friday for the 27-21 Highland Conference win over Manton. it was a big win for Pine River coming after the disappointing 33-27 loss to Evart in which the Bucks had a 27-0 lead in the third quarter.

“We just need to put it behind us and get the win this week for homecoming,” Gross said.

He’s also a defensive lineman.

“We did pretty great against passing and stopping the run,” Gross said. “We have to get to our jobs better.”

Gross called the Evart contest “his best game running-wise” so far this season but wouldn’t mind having even bigger performances this week when the Bucks play at Marion and on Oct. 25 when they host McBain in the season finale.

“We need to improve on everything and make less mistakes,” he said.

Gross’ main focus on offense is “do my job and get the yards,” while on defense it’s to “stop the quarterback and the runs up the middle,” he said.

The Bucks have 19 players listed on their roster and sometimes only had 16 dressed for a game. But the fatigue factor hasn’t been playing a role, Gross indicated.

“(Coaches) condition us very well,” Gross said after Friday’s game. “We (felt) great out there and never got tired once.”