Pine River coach reflects on first season


LEROY —  Thoughts have already shifted for the Pine River Bucks football team from this recently completed season to the 2014 campaign.

Coach Terry Martin’s team won two of its last three games and finished at 3-6.

“I think it was a pretty good transition year,” Martin said. “I think we made a lot of steps forward on and off the field. The biggest thing going forward is we’ll have those two components I’ll get to work with again next year. Obviously, it was a challenge implementing a completely new system.”

Martin made various changes including going to the option offense.

He’s comfortable in the progress the team will make in his system next year, considering only three seniors are graduating.

Seniors graduating are Brandon Hoaglund, Skyler Nelson and Kyle Nixon who were all three starters.

“Stasticially, Nixon led our defense in tackles,’” Martin said, noting that at quarterback, “Nelson obviously led our offense and ended up breaking six school records on his career. Brandon Hoaglund, a first-year football player, nearly ended up playing every down, every game, as a cornerback at defense and one of our leading receivers on offense.”

All three contributed leadership skills that also helped in the transition, Martin indicated.

“Practices were successful as a result of their leadership,” he added.

The Pine River JVs were 7-2, losing only to Beal City and Manton.

The Bucks had only 16 players on varsity but Martin anticipates higher numbers next year.