Pine River football team 1-3 at home passing tournament
LEROY — The annual Pine River 7-on-7 passing tournament ended on Saturday and the host team settled for a 1-3 record.
The Bucks had six other teams at the tournament which ended with Alpena tying Lake City 22-22 in the finals. Because of a lightning storm, it was decided to suspend the game and declare co-champions.
Pine River defeated Manton during the day and lost to Alpena twice and also to Lake City.
“We had only eight guys and a center. We did a good job competing,” said Pine River coach Chad Phillips. “We had kids playing out of position. I was pretty happy. Winning a 7-on-7 doesn’t mean you’re going to win a whole lot of games during the season. But we’re competing and we have some new offensive and defensive stuff going in.
“We’re competing and we’re learning. The biggest thing is we have to get commitment from more kids. We have as good of numbers as others teams here but we had less of them show up today and we host the tournament. We need more of a commitment from our players. If they want to be good, they have to put in the time.”
Phillips indicated the Bucks will be making the pass a significant part of the offense.
“Skyler Nelson, he’s an excellent quarterback,” Phillips said. “He’s as good of a quarterback as I’ve coached. And we have some kids who can catch ball. It’s going to be somewhere between 40 percent and as high as 50 percent passing. We’re going to throw it a lot. We also have some good running backs. My philosophy is do whatever scheme wise you’re successful at. So if we have a team that’s not as good against a pass we’ll probably throw more. If we have a team that’s not as successful against the run we’ll probably run more.”
The summer season continues for the Bucks with weight-lifting sessions next week plus some 7-on-7 passing sessions at Cadillac. The Green & White Football camp is set for July 23-25 with sessions for grades 2-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12.
Prior to the first week of official practices Aug. 6, the Bucks will have the down time week.
“It’s not a dead week like we had over the Fourth,” Phillips said. “It’s a down time, meaning you can’t get out footballs but you can still lift. What we do that week is right before, do some testing and the bench press, see where our kids are at and hand out equipment. That’s a week of preparation but nothing with footballs.”