LEROY — Mitch McDonald was responsible for all four touchdowns in leading the Pine River football team to a 28-12 homecoming victory over Marion.

The Bucks are now 2-5 on the season.

McDonald’s presence in the lineup was a key factor for the Bucks, noted Bucks coach Chad Phillips.

“He was a key factor,” Phillips said. “He’s a good player but he’s had some injuries.”

Disc problems in his back prevented McDonald from doing anything in the summer, Phillips recalled.

“He didn’t do anything until football started,” Phillips recalled when he came back, it was decided to try playing him in JV games to get him back into form.

“Everything was good, then he came to the varsity and played a couple of games,” Phillips said.

McDonald got hurt again and was out before returning against Marion. He took over for Skyler Nelson, who has been out with a broken collarbone.

McDonald scored in the first quarter on a seven-yard run.

He then scored on an 11-yard run and threw a touchdown pass to James Harvey to give Pine River a 21-6 half. McDonald then stripped a Marion ball carrier for a touchdown.

Dakota Wieczorek rushed for 139 yards to lead Pine River, while McDonald added 116 yards on the ground. Devin Ruppert led the defensive effort with 22 tackles, while Tyler McCurry added 10 stops.

“That was his best game defensively,” Phillips said, adding that the offensive line “opened up some good holes.”

Pine River plays Friday night at McBain. The Bucks final game is Oct. 19 at home with Beal City

 Pioneer Prep Editor Bob Allan contributed to this story.