Nixon getting job done defensively for Bucks

LEROY — Kyle Nixon didn’t come out for football last season but returned this fall after a one-year absence.

The Pine River Bucks are glad he did.

Nixon, a senior, has played well at linebacker and is also a slot receiver. He’s starting for the Bucks both ways.

In Friday’s win over Benzie Central, Nixon had 12 tackles and a sack.

The Bucks bounced back from a loss to Kalkaska the first week of the season.

“Our offense improved a lot better from the first game to the second game, most of all the line,” Nixon said.

Nixon had a scoring catch the first game but was focused more on defense against Kalkaska.

Making tackles is his main role.

The key in being an effective tackle is reading the play “and being in the right place. Basically, it’s doing your job,” Nixon said.

He was out of football for a year “but I picked up right where I left off,” Nixon said. “I’ve been able to fit in perfectly wherever the team needs me.”

The Bucks are at Beal City to face the powerful Aggies on Friday.

“They’re really good off the ball,” Nixon said. “All 11 players have to do their jobs.”