Pine River falls short despite strong second half


LEROY — The Pine River Bucks fell to Beal City, 38-20, in Highland Conference action on Friday night. 

The Aggies shut the Bucks out in the first half, heading into halftime with a 32-0 advantage. 

The Bucks fought back in the second half, tallying 20 points, but the Aggies added six more in the fourth to take the rivalry game. 

“We played pretty well in the second half, which was kind of a good sign because we were obviously in big trouble going into the half,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “The last play of the half we gave up a touchdown pass. I was concerned about the kids putting their heads down and packing it in. But they came out, made the adjustments well and played well in the second half.”

Brandon Fulks led the Bucks on offense with six carries for 87 yards and a touchdown while Mason Powell chipped in 42 with a score and Jeff Gross added 37. 

“We made way too many mistakes in the first half to stay competitive with a team like Beal,” Martin said. “Brandon Fulks had a heckuva touchdown run where he made a lot of people miss. Our sophomore quarterback, Mason Powell, turned the corner between the first and second half and ran the ball exceptionally well.”

Dominic Garcia led the defense with 18 tackles while Gross, Chase Morrison and Payton Pacola all chipped in 10 apiece.

Friday, the Bucks are at Godwin Heights, which is 3-0.

“They have a couple solid guys on their line and some ridiculously fast athletes,” Martin said. “They’ll have at least two kids on the field that are probably the fastest we’ve seen all season.

“We’ll see if we can bounce back after last week.”