Pine River football team falls to McBain

Pine River coach Chad Phillips
Pine River coach Chad Phillips

LEROY — It was a tough second quarter for the Pine River football team Friday.

The Bucks held McBain scoreless in the first quarter, but allowed 28 points in the second quarter in a 49-0 loss Friday night in Highland Conference action.

“We only netted 40 yards,” coach Chad Phillips said of his offense. “We didn’t do a very good job on the line of scimmage.”

Pine River was paced defensively by Devin Ruppert with 15 tackles, while Mitch McDonald added 11 stops.

McBain entered the game 2-5 but had an impressive performance against the Bucks.

“They’re probably the best 2-5 team in the state,” Phillps said. “They’re pretty good. They hit a lull. They beat Manistee, which is in the playoffs. They’re better than their record. They have a lot of talent. They play a tough schedule. They play the best non-conference schedule. We play the second best non-conference schedule.”

This Friday night, the 2-5 Bucks play at home with Beal City against the 2-6 Aggies.

“Coming into the year, we thought this might be a down year for them,” Phillips said. “They haven’t been as good on their lower level. We beat them on the JV level. But that’s a little deceiving since their best running back has been on the varsity since he was a freshman. Their quarterback was up as a sophomore too. He’s really good. this year, he can make all the throws.

“We’ll have our work cut out. They always have a lot of team speed and thier football IQ is way better than most teams.”

Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this report.