Pine River football team set for first test at scrimmage

LEROY — Pine River enters its second week of football practice with plenty of optimism. 

The first week ended on Saturday with the team’s intra squad scrimmage at the football field.

“(Saturday) we did two groups, 25 plays of offense for the white group and 25 for the green group,” second-year coach Terry Martin said. “We ran 50 plays.”

After one week “it’s pretty good,” Martin said. “Our team strength and our team speed and experience are up considerably from last year. Last year at this point compared to this year is hard to compare. We have that leadership able to help out in the huddle. We’re farther along than we were last year.”

Friday, Pine River is at Mancelona against the host school, Frankfort and Elk Rapids for scrimmage action.

“We’ll work on our base offensive plays so we can make a lot of our our reads,” Martin said. “Running this offense, we have a lot of reads. Making reads at full-game speed is probably the biggest experience we need to take away from it.”

Decisions on positions were expected to be made starting with review of a film on Saturday’s scrimmage.

“By the end of next week, we should have that in place based on our scrimmage,” Martin said. “(Saturday) everyone was even across the board in terms of playing time. Next week will be the pivotal point of who will be where.”

Trevor Wing and Mason Powell are still vying for the quarterback spot.

“That’s still up in the air,” Martin said. “That seems to be even. They both threw some pretty nice balls (Saturday). Their skill set is very similar.”

The season opens at home Aug. 28 with Kalkaska, followed by a road game Sept. 5 at Benzie Central.