Pine River football team defeats Marion
It was a fun trip for the Pine River Bucks to Marion Friday in Highland Conference football action.
The Bucks came home with a 29-20 league victory over the Eagles.
“We battled against some penalties,” said Pine River coach Chad Phillips, whose team is 2-4. “We could have done better.”
Skyler Nelson tossed a pair of passes to Quentin Mitchell for touchdowns including a 33-yarder in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Nelson passed five yards to Mitchell in the second quarter and passed to Abel Langworthy for the two points.
“We threw the ball well,” Phillips said. “Skyler has some nice (throws) for touchdown passes, which is good. We created a few turnovers on defense. It was nice to have a short field once in awhile.”
Dakota Wieczorek had a 5-yard run in the second as Pine River led 22-8 at halftime.
“It went good with our passing game,” said Zane Kanouse. “We got a lot of guys open. Our line did good. That opened up our running game.”
Langworthy had a six-yard run for Pine River for a 29-8 lead in the fourth quarter. Marion had two touchdown runs.
“We pretty much knew what blocking assignments we’d see,” Kanouse said. “They really didn’t throw anything new at us. We knew they’d run the option a lot. We were pretty ready for it.”
Langworthy gained 85 yards for Pine River. Nelson had eight pass completions for 129 yards.
“We had a nice lead in the fourth quarter and gave some kids some playing time,” Phillips said.
The Bucks are home against first-place McBain on Friday in league action.
“They’re huge for one,” Phillips said. “They have a ton of seniors and only three kids that go both ways. They have a running back that was player of the year last year. They don’t throw the ball really. They just run over people.”
“We’re going to have to play as a team and limit our penalties,” Kanouse said. “We had a lot of penalties the other night. If we limit those it will make it a lot better for us. We have to play four quarters.”
It’s the last home game for the Bucks.
“Well have to have one of our best games,” Phillips said. “We can’t turn the ball over. We’ll be really undersized. You have to step up your game. They could make a run for a state title. They’re that good of a team.”