Pine River senior overcomes obstacles for strong season

Ryan McQuestion overcame the odds to have a huge season for Pine River as a senior offensive guard.

It’s his second year on varsity, including a stint as a sophomore.

He had crashed his quad and separated his shoulder prior to his junior season and he missed the 2010 campaign.

“My junior winter, I broke my femur racing snowmobiles,” McQuestion said. “I still managed to play this season.”

“He really battled back for us,” said PR head coach Chad Philllips.

He wasn’t quite at 100 percent this season, McQuestion said, but he still endure the season. He did a lot of conditioning to get ready for the season and be a starter on the offensive line.

“I thought I played pretty decent,” he said. “I had some mistakes but I had my shining moments. I feel like I have a lot of strengths.”

The line played well in a victory over Benzie Central, McQuestion.

“We beat Marion too but I was out with a concussion,” he said. “We’ve had our ups and downs. We thought we should beat Kalkaska (in the opener) but came out flat. We’re happy with how we played against Lake City. We came up short at the end.”

Pine River’s season ended at 2-7 with a 54-22 loss to Beal City on Friday. Skyler Nelson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass for James Harvey and broke the school record for passing yards in a season with 1,167. Dakota Wieczorek scored on a kickoff return for the Bucks. Nelson also threw a 7-yard pass to Joe Miller for six points.

“We did some good things but not enough of them,” said Pine River coach Chad Phillips. “We had some missed opportunities in the first half.”

It was 14-0 with Beal City leading going into the second quarter thanks to two long drives in the first 12 minutes. The Bucks only had the ball for three plays in the first stanza.

Zane Kanouse had seven tackles for Pine River while Devin Rupert had 11 and Miller 10.

The Bucks, Phillips noted, played five playoff teams.

“We had a pretty tough schedule,” Phillips said. “I think we were a little bit better than our record.”

Nelson breaking the record was a highlight. The top two tacklers, Clay Stokes and Devin Ruppert, were juniors.

“The JV team went 8-1 so we have some players coming up,” Phillips said. “We have some skill players who will be good.”