Ruppert reflects on record-breaking football season for Pine River

LEROY – A major highlight for Pine River’s recently completed football season were the defensive accomplishments of senior linebacker Devin Ruppert.

Ruppert, with 131 tackles this season, had the second highest total for a regular season. But his 283 total tackles in three seasons breaks a school career record.

“I was trying to shoot for the single season one which I missed by six,” he said.

It was his third varsity season. Ruppert wasn’t aware about possibly setting career tackle records until coach Chad Phillips alerted him to the possibility of doing so.

“A lot of it for me was our leading tacklers were out,” said Ruppert, noting that he stepped up defensively all season long.

He also played on the offensive line.

By playing both ways “you ‘re always in the game and have your head in the game,” he said. “But you’re tired because you’re in every single play.”

The Bucks, plagued by injuries and low numbers, were 2-7. A major highlight was the first homecoming win for the seasons against Marion.

“I was blessed to not hardly get hurt at all,” Ruppert said. “Just little bumps and bruises. But we had others with serious injuries.”

Ruppert and other basketball players will be starting practices on Nov. 12.

“I think we’re ready for it,” he said.