Pine River football team has strong day at Ferris camp
LEROY — Pine River’s football team is coming off an impressive performance Saturday at the Ferris State football 7-on-7 passing camp.
The Bucks, using Mason Powell and Tyler Wing at quarterback, were 4-2.
Pine River defeated Crossroads, Muskegon Heights, Benzie Central and Reed City, and lost to Montague and Ravenna.
“Towards the end of the day, you could tell we were getting tired legs,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “We’re a small school and a lot of our kids are going both ways. They did a pretty good job especially for the small amount of that stuff we’ve done this summer.”
Passing could prove to be a big part of Pine River’s offense this fall, Martin indicated.
“That’s why we’re adding more passing events this summer,” Martin said. “Last year, our main focus was to develop the run game and make sure we had that component. Now we have a lot of people coming back, who had the run part established and we’re looking to add the passing.”
During the week, Martin and other assistant coaches work with wrestlers at 6 p.m., and then with football players an hour later. Martin is also the assistant wrestling coach. One of his football assistants, Tim Jones, is Pine River’s wrestling skipper.
Jones said the wrestling-football back-to-back workouts are Mondays and Thursdays.
“(Monday night) we’ll do a short warmup, some speed and agility stuff, and then we head into the weight room,” Martin said. “The coaching staffs are pretty much the same. So we tie (the two sports) together. Usually each session, there’s eight to 10 kids that go to both sports.”
The wrestling team “rolls around” on mats and does some drilling. The football team also travels to Cadillac on Tuesdays for a passing camp and goes every day during the week except Friday.
Pine River has a camp July 27-29 and opens the practice season on Aug. 10.