LEROY — Greg Park likes the potential of this season’s Pine River football team, and for good reason.

The Bucks opened at home Thursday against Kalkaska and won 39-6.

Park is a senior wide receiver and outside linebacker for the Bucks. It’s his third varsity season.

The transition for Park from his sophomore to junior year worked out well.

“I knew we were going to have some kinks in us because it was a new offense and a new coach,” he said. “It was bound to happen. I thought we had a lot of chances to do better. We mentally broke down. We had a lot of potential last year we didn’t use. This year, we’re coming out strong. We’ve worked out all of our kinks and we know what we’re doing coming into Kalkaska.”

The key for the option offense “is reading that D end,” Park said. “If we get a good read, we should get a lot of yards every play.”

Park was the team’s leading receiver last year.

“I’ve worked on my blocking a lot for the outside run,” he said. “I run my routes that way they’re supposed to be run and have good hands.”

The Bucks will have a new quarterback after three years of Skyler Nelson.

“They’re hitting me pretty well,” Park said of his quarterbacks at passing practices.

His role on defense will be protecting the outside.

“I’m quick and I can read the ball pretty well,” Park said. “I don’t ever want to slack off. I want to work hard the entire time and get the best of me. It’s my last year.”

The Bucks were 3-6 last year but Park likes the team’s chances of winning a playoff game this season.

“Our skill level is high,” he said. “(Kalkaska) is a better running offense. Defense will be a key there. Our offense will put up points. We have to stop them on defense.”

Park expects the Highland Conference to be equal this season. “Beal City is going to be strong again,” he said.