LEROY — Bryan McCurry has been a familiar face in the Pine River football program for four seasons, and the Bucks senior is anxious to help the team to championship glory this fall.

He was an offensive guard and inside linebacker last season, and he’ll also be a noseguard this year.

As a blocker “I’ve been around the program a lot and I know where to be most of the time and help the young guys coming up,” he said. “I’ve had a good year in the weight room.”

On defense, McCurry will be there to watch the ball and contain the runners.

Pine River was 1-8 last year but is expecting a turnaround season.

“It’s weird, it feels different in a good way,” he said. “Last year, I don’t know. This year feels different. I want to lead these guys.”

McCurry was on the 2016 team that went to the state semifinals.

The Bucks open this Friday at home against Kalkaska.

“Everyone wants a week one win,” he said. “I think a win over Kalkaska will open the floodgates for this team. We’re not as young as we were last year. To get the monkey off our back from last year, a week one win would help.”