Pine River football players gain all-conference honors

LEROY  — Four Pine River football players have received all-league honors this season from the Highland Conference.

Seniors Skyler Nelson and Kyle Nixon, and juniors Brandon Fulks and Travis McCurry were on the first team.

Nelson, a quarterback, was 83-of-165 in passing for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had 147 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

“He had a great season from a passing perspective,” said Pine River coach Terry Martin. “He broke all passing records at our school for the season. He had the most completions, most yards and most touchdowns of any season a quarterback has ever had. Add those to a great career and he has the school record for all of those in a career too.”

Nixon, an outside linebacker, had 82 tackles including seven for losses, plus one interception and two fumble recoveries.

“He was the leader of our defense,” Martin said. “He’s an extremely dedicated athlete, as dedicated as any high school athlete I’ve ever known. He has a lot of mental toughness. He does a great job of getting to the football and never missing tackles.”

Fulks gained 473 yards on 74 carries and six touchdowns. He had 297 yards on 18 receptions and seven touchdowns.

“He was a big part obviously offensively,” Martin said. “He scored 13 touchdowns for us. He’s been an alternate offensive weapon just with his speed. He can run the ball and catch the ball. He’s big for us there. He also play cornerback for us almost every play this season as well. He does a great job playing cornerback too.”

McCurry, an offensive lineman, led a line that helped the offense gain 1,270 yards passing and 1,591 rushing.

“He’s probably our most solid lineman,” Martin said. “Offensively, he was a guy who ran the offensive line and made sure everyone knew their responsibility. He played center for us until he broke his thumb. While playing with a broken thumb, he moved over to guard because he could no longer snap the ball. He’s a tough kid and a smart football player.”