Pine River falls to Godwin Heights


GRAND RAPIDS — The Pine River Bucks had a 7-6 advantage after the opening quarter on Friday night, but Wyoming Godwin Heights came back, taking a 26-21 victory.

The Bucks took the early lead, but the score was knotted at 14-14 going into halftime.

Godwin Heights added a score apiece in the third and fourth quarter, but the Bucks only mustered one more touchdown in the fourth as they came up short in the nonconference tilt.

“Overall, I thought it was a well-played game by both teams,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “We came up a little bit short.”

Mason Powell tallied 103 yards on the ground and 116 through the air, but the highlight for the Bucks was Brandon Fulks, who rushed for 72 yards and scored two touchdowns on the day, breaking the Pine River record for points scored in a career with 162.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well,” Martin said. “We totaled 400 yards of offense. Our quarterback was 7-of-11 for 120 yards. When we needed the passing game, it was here. We moved the ball really well. We had a couple of drives stall in the red zone. That was the difference in the game.”

Mitch McDonald led the defense with 11 tackles while Dominic Garcia, Lucas Sizemore and Mike Jones all chipped in nine apiece in the setback.

The Bucks (2-2, 0-1 Highland) return to action at Lake City next week.

“They’re a younger team than they’ve been the last couple of years,” Martin said. “But it looks like their passing game is still potent with a young quarterback. They throw the ball pretty well.”

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.