Pine River senior football player optimistic



LEROY - Pine River and other football teams officially opened practices on Monday, but players like Parker DeBoard were keeping as busy as possible during the summer to stay in shape.

DeBoard is in his senior season and his second on the varsity.

The Bucks last year were 3-6.

"It didn't go as well as expected," DeBoard said. "I was on every offensive play."

He's a left offensive guard for the Bucks. On defense, he plays middle linebacker. He anticipates playing both positions again this season

Offensively, "I know all the plays," he said. "I can play all the positions (on the line) other than center."

At linebacker, "I make reads pretty quick," he said. "I can get to where I need to be."

DeBoard also runs track but the season was canceled because of the COVID pandemic. It was disappointing for DeBoard, who was looking for an opportunity to stay in good physical shape for football.

"I worked out just about every day at home," he said.

Pine River has offered conditioning sessions for football players and others during the summer, and DeBoard took as much advantage as he could.

Should there be a season, DeBoard is confident it can be a good one for the Bucks.

"We can be a playoff contender," he said. "We have a lot of returners."

The season is scheduled to begin on Aug. 28 against Shelby.