Pine River players hope to overcome recent injury problems to the team

LEROY – Pine River has been battling number and injuries this season and players like Greg Park and

are hoping to help the Bucks remain extremely competitive in upcoming games.

Park is a sophomore who came up to the varsity for the game in late September against Evart. He started at outside linebacker for the Bucks.

“I was pretty nervous at first,” he said, adding that the main adjustment from the junior varsity is “bigger people, I guess.”

Park said reading his keys is a strength. He hopes to improve on his tackling. It’s also critical for the Bucks to stay healthy, he said.

The Bucks have lost quarterback Skyler Nelson for the rest of the season to a broken collarbone.

It’s Harvey’s second year on the varsity. He’s also playing safety on defense.

His role has been receiving and blocking. He’s caught six passes so far this season including a 45-yard touchdown connection with Nelson Friday against Evart.

“Skyler told me there was a window between two defenders,” Harvey said. “I looked where he told me to and ran for the touchdown. It felt pretty good.”

Pine River is home Friday against Marion for homecoming.

“We have to stay focused and read our keys, listen to the coaches and do exactly what they tell us to do,” he said.

The Bucks’ offense now has to adjust without Raven as Dakota Wieczorek takes over as quarterback.

“Most likely, we won’t be passing as much,” Harvey said. “It will mostly be running plays. I’m backup quarterback right now. We can proceed. We can’t let anything distract us.”