Pine River quarterback adjusting to first season on the varsity


LEROY — Mason Powell has been getting the job done as a sophomore for Pine River’s football team, which is 3-2 after the first five weeks of the season.

The Bucks defeated Lake City last week after having lost their previous two games against two reputable opponents in Beal City and Wyoming Godwin Heights. The loss to Godwin Heights was 26-20.

Pine River trailed 32-0 at halftime to Beal City but came back to fall only 38-20.

“The first half, we didn’t execute very well,” Powell said. “When we came out the second half, we changed a few things at halftime and came out and executed well and played a strong second half game. That was my first time playing Beal City as a varsity team. They’re a strong team.”

Outscoring Beal City 20-6 in the second half got the Bucks fired up for their next game, Powell indicated

“It boosted our spirits again and we proved we can score and move the ball on a very good team,” he said.

Powell replaced Skyler Nelson who graduated after three seasons at quarterback.

“For me, it’s probably my nerves and slowing the game down,” Powell said. “The higher (level) you get, the faster the game moves. So you try to slow it down so you can make the right reads.”

Powell likes to run the ball at quarterback.

“I see a hole, I’m good on my feet and can shift directions,” he said. “My passing’s OK. We haven’t had the chance to throw a lot this year. We’ve been getting it done on the ground. I think it will come around. We’ve had good passing games in the past.”

Pine River is home against Evart Friday in Highland Conference action.

“I believe we can go (undefeated) in the rest of our games,” Powell said. “I don’t think there’s any reason we shouldn’t. We’re a very well-coached team. We get along and play great. We just have to play to our abilities.”