LEROY – Pine River players enter the fifth week of the season hungry for their second victory and hopeful that it comes Friday night at home against Evart in the annual Armed Forces Services game.

Tom Miller and Adam Langworthy are two key Pine River players that continue to play key roles for the Bucks.

Miller, is a 6-2, 200-pound senior right offensive tackle and left defensive tackle for the Bucks.

It’s Miller’s second varsity season. As a junior, he also started on offense.

“I felt that I had a pretty season this year compared to last year,” he said. “This year has been a lot better. I’ve grown more as a player and as a person.”

Miller worked during the spring and summer to get ready for this season.

“I think I’m a lot more agile,” he said. “(Opponent’s linemen) are usually the same size or a bit smaller than I am. I consider myself either the best or one of the best defensive linemen on the team.”

Miller indicated defense might be his best position.

“When we can move the ball, we can be a threat,” Miller said. “We need to stay in the fight.

“We’ve played some pretty tough teams so far.”

Langworthy is a 5-10, 174 junior right guard and defensive end or inside linebacker.

Langworthy started as an inside linebacker for Pine River as a sophomore.

“As sophomore, I had a few things I had to pick up on like following the guards, all that,” he said. “I only got to play three games because I got hurt, left knee injury.”

Langworthy went to rehab for six months and later put on a knee brace.

On the offensive line “I get to my blocks, I sustain my blocks. If it’s pass blocking, I read my blocks,” he said.

Defensively, he’s been both on the line in the linebacker’s spot. His open field tackling has been a strength.

“Offensive line, I know we can do a lot better,” he said. “We need to sustain our blocks.”

Looking ahead, “if we play to our potential...we’re going to start stepping it up,” Langworthy said.