Pine River running back optimistic with team's future

LEROY — The season opener against Kalkaska didn’t exactly go the way junior Brandon Fulks of Pine River had anticipated.

But the offense still had some shiny moments in the 28-14 loss. Fulks led all rushers on the ground with 103 yards

“We struggled on offense a little,” said Fulks, a slot receiver. “I did OK.”

Fulks said he’s not sure how often he’ll be running the ball.

Trying to fake out the defender is among his strengths once he has the ball.

“I’ve improved a lot,” Fulks said.

The offense needs to improve, Fulks indicated. The team watched last Thursday’s game film on Monday.

Fulks is in the defensive backfield for the Bucks and has focused on defending the pass. The team is looking to improve that aspect of the game this week against Benzie Central.

Fulks said the Bucks expect the same type of Benzie team as a year ago.

“It’s very important” to get the win this Friday, Fulks said, adding that even with a new coaching system, “I’m pretty used to it.”

The Bucks have just 18 players and several go both ways. It’s something Fulks is confident the players can adjust to the demands of two-way football.