Pine River loses to McBain in playoffs

Elijah Lewis is getting the job done for Pine River.
Elijah Lewis is getting the job done for Pine River.

MCBAIN — Pine River’s season ended at 6-4 with a 28-14 Division predistrict loss on Friday to McBain. The Bucks led 7-0 on Elijah Lewis’ 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But McBain scored 14 in the second and led 14-7 at the intermission.

Luke Hill had a 5-yard run for the Bucks to tie the game in the third 14-14.

But McBain scored on a 67-yard touchdown pass in the third and a 32-yard scoring strike in the fourth to win the game.

Lewis rushed for 86 yards and caught four passes for 87.

Both teams play in the Highland Conference. McBain won during the regular season 12-7.

“It was kind of what we expected,” Pine Rive coach  Terry Martin said. “It was a rematch of a game we had already played. Both teams played tough. They beat us in the special teams’ game. That made a difference. We struggled with them on the line of scrimmage. They’re pretty good. We had our chances right down to the wire.”

Prior to the game, “McBain always plays behind a large and physical line,” Martin said. “And their quarterback is a good athlete that can really hurt you on a broken play. We have to do a better job of containing their quarterback on long developing play and finish drives. When we played them previously we shot ourselves in the foot with some untimely penalties and turnovers. We can’t do that if we want to win a playoff game.

“We try to maintain our routine that has gotten us here. This time of year usually results in a little more time focusing on the mental preparation than the physical preparation compared to early in the season.

“It is always great to be able to bring a playoff game to your community and home field. The fact that we had to travel is unfortunate but playing in McBain should provide a big crowd and awesome playoff environment.”