Pine River football to host Armed Services game with Evart

LEROY — It’s a big game Friday night at LeRoy when Pine River welcomes Osceola County rival Evart for the third annual Armed Forces game.

Evart currently has the Armed Services trophy which annually is presented to the game’s winner.

Pine River football coach Chad Phillips noted that proceeds raised for the Armed Services game project this year will go to the Unmet Needs, a VFW charity designed to aid families struggling financially since one of its members is deployed.

“We tip our hat to our soldiers who allow us to go out and have fun on Friday nights,” Phillips said. “We’re at home after being on the road three weeks in a row.”

Evart, Phillips said, “is always well coached. Three of the first four teams we’ve played are probably playoff teams. All our focus now will be on Evart.”

On Friday, Lake City scored 23 points in the third quarter to bust open a tight game in 47-13 victory over Pine River.

The Trojans led 18-13 at halftime before scoring those 23 points in the third quarter to take a 41-13 lead.

The Bucks scoring came from a 3-yard run by Skyler Nelson, who also found Mitchell McDonald for a 13-yard pass in the second quarter.

“We played hard and we played well in the box, tackle to tackle,” Phillips said. “We probably out played them there. But they outplayed us 7-on-7. They’d throw a bomb to one of their outside receivers. It’s something we knew they were going to do because they got away with it on us last year.”

McDonald led the rushing attack with 49 yards.

Devin Ruppert led the defense with 15 tackles, while Clay Stokes and Brandon Fulks each recorded 10 stops.

“We knew they’re a good team,” Phillips said. “We hoped to not give them those big plays. That was a little frustrating. But we’re playing 16 (players on 28). So that’s a factor. But they’re a good team. We played well at times.”

Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this story.