Park reflects back on dramatic catch for Pine River football team


LEROY — Greg Park and his Pine River Bucks will cherish many things about the completed football season.

The Bucks made the playoffs for the first time since 2005 after beating McBain to end the regular season at 6-3, won their first ever playoff game over Tawas, and took the district title with a 34-27 win over Sanford Meridian.

They lost 28-16 to Boyne City in the regional final.

But Park, a senior, won’t soon forget the 50-yard touchdown catch he caught from Mason Powell late in the game game for the winning touchdown against Sanford Meridian.

The catch against Meridian was his first for a touchdown this season.

“I was hoping Mason would throw the perfect ball, and he did,” Park said. “He threw it where I wanted it.”

He was wide open to complete the play, which turned out to be among the most dramatic for the Bucks this season.

Park started both as an outside linebacker and receiver. He also started last season. He also did all the placekicking for the second season.

“My worst game would have to be Tawas, I missed three extra points,”  he said. “Our whole mechanics of snapping and holding was off that night, but I blame myself mostly. But I was pretty consistent actually. I don’t miss that often.”

When it came to kickoffs, Park usually followed instructions from his coach on how deep to kick the ball. He kicked a 27-yard field goal in the regional finals against Boyne City.

Park felt he was more comfortable as a kicker this season.