Pine River’s winning streak snapped by Calvin Christian

LEROY — Pine River (6-2), which had been ranked fifth in the Associated Press Division 6 football poll, lost 30-29 to Calvin Christian on Friday night in nonleague action, ending the Bucks’ six-game winning streak. 

“It was an excellent high school football game,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “I was really happy with the way our kids played, especially offensively. They did a nice job against a very talented team. It came down to a heartbreaking end in the last few seconds.”

Joe Rigling had a 10-yard run for the Bucks in the first quarter which ended in a 7-6 Calvin Christian lead.

He also had a one-yard TD run in the second quarter and Pine River trailed 14-13 at halftime. Tristen Nelson’s six-yard run in the third gave the Bucks a 21-20 lead.

The Squires kicked a 20-yard field goal in the fourth for a 23-21 lead. Pine River’s Elijah Lewis ran 54 yards for a touchdown and 29-23 advantage. But Calvin Christian scored with 38 seconds left in the game and kicked the PAT.

“We were plagued by penalties,” Martin said.

Mason Powell rushed for 194 yards and passed for 75 to lead the Bucks. Lewis had 60 yards rushing, Nelson 29 and Rigling 25. Raden Holmes had 11 tackles, while Andrew Park had 10 and Hunter Esiline nine.

Pine River ends the regular season at Berrien Springs on Friday.

“It will be another tough test and preparing-for-the-playoffs type of game,” Martin said. “It’s similar to what we saw against Calvin Christian with good athletes across the board. It will be another tough game.”

Martin estimates it will be a three-hour trip by bus. The JV game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity contest. He indicated the team would leave Pine River at 10 a.m. and stop south of Grand Rapids for lunch.