Pine River lineman ready for banner season


LEROY — Chase Morrison is a junior who is ready for some football, to say the least.

It’s his second year on varsity. He’s a guard and defensive tackle.

“This year I’ll be a guard on offense and a tackle on defense,” he said. “I don’t see a whole lot of difference (playing guard). Mr. (coach Terry) Martin said we need bigger people at guard. They’ll be pushing more and tackles will be moving more.”

Morrison is 6-0, 250 pounds.

Last year was Martin’s first coaching season for Morrison and his teammates.

“I did a lot better than I thought I was going to because I got moved up,” Morrison said. “The team did OK, but we could have done better and won five games.”

Pine River was 3-6 last year.

Morrison did a lot of weight lifting during the offseason.

“I think I’m big,” he said. “I don’t think I’m too easy to get around. I think I’m OK at getting inbetween me and the running back. (Defensively) I can get through the line pretty good and I can read the play alright. There’s always things I can improve on.”

Pine River scrimmages Friday and opens the season at home Aug. 28 with Kalkaska.

“I think the team is looking better than it has in the past 10 years,” he said. “We have a lot bigger line. That will help out. I think we can win seven games.”