Pine River quarterback set to face McBain in final game

LEROY — Skyler Nelson will be Pine River quarterback for the last time Friday night and is hoping to make his farewell memorable when the 3-5 Bucks entertain McBain.

The Bucks enjoyed a 45-28 win over Marion last Friday.

“We struggled the first half. Then at halftime, we picked it up and played a lot better as a team,” he said.

It was most likely one of Pine River’s best offensive games of the season.

“The first quarter, we did really well on offense,” Nelson said. “Then we struggled a little bit. We got on track the second half.”

The Bucks have won two straight.

“We’ve really picked up the last two weeks and we’re looking forward to McBain,” Nelson said. “We have to play like we can and not let anything get into our heads...and play like we can.”

Nelson has been healthy all season after missing some games last season with a broken collarbone.

“I think I’ve had a pretty good season,” Nelson said, pointing to an early-season win over Benzie as perhaps the team’s best game. “Everyone really pulled together there and played really well.”

With new coach Terry Martin’s option offense, the Bucks have had a learning season.

“We kept with it, the second week against Benzie we showed we could actually do it,” Nelson said.

The Bucks usually dressed only 16 players various games.

“We’ve been able to hold our own pretty well,” Nelson said. “Our team is in pretty good shape.”