LEROY — Andrew Frisbie is a junior looking forward to his first full season with the Pine River’s football team.

He moved up last season prior to a game against Manton. The Bucks went to the playoffs and were district champions. He plays offensive guard and defensive tackle. He’s hoping to go both ways, although he acknowledged the Bucks will try to platoon as much as possible.

“Offensive guard, I struggled at that last year,” he said. “I’ve been in the weight room doing extra stuff and pretty much just try to do my best.”

As a defensive tackle, Frisbie’s expectations are relatively simple: “get to the ball carrier, pretty much.”

The 5-7 1/2, 257-pound Frisbie said defensive tackle is his best position.

“I can get off the ball fast,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about anything, just where I go.”

The offensive line “is really strong, we know what we’re going to do,” Frisbie said. “We talk a lot.”

The defensive line averages about 240 pounds, Frisbie pointed out.

During the summer, “I worked at the gym in Tustin with my brother,” he said. “I worked, lifted out, did some running, anything that could get me forward.”

Pine River won 26-13 at Kalkaska on Friday to open the regular season. The Bucks are home Thursday against Mancelona.

“We’re high paced, looking excellent,” Frisbie said.

Berrien Springs and Northpointe Chistian will be among the tough non-league opponents the Bucks will see, Frisbie indicated, adding Beal City remains a formidable foe in the Highland.

“We have to go through the season thinking we’ll beat every single team and take one team at a time,” he said.