Senior defensive back confident Bucks can have strong finish

LEROY — Tyler Wing is in his senior season and wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat of 2014 when the Pine River Bucks went to the district finals.

But the senior defensive back and his teammates are now trying to get back on the winning path following a two-game losing streak.

Pine River started out 2-0 and had Beal City on the ropes for most of the first half before succumbing to the Aggies on week three.

“We did really well,” Wing said after the loss to the Aggies. “We passed the ball really good, and had a good offense. Beal had good plays when they needed them and we didn’t when we needed to.”

Going into last week’s game at Manton, the Bucks were optimistic.

“We’re improving every week, which is good and what we need to do,” Wing said. “This is a hard loss, but we’ll learn from it and we’ll get better. It’s discipline. People need to go where they’re supposed to go. The main thing is discipline.”

Wing, while also being backup quarterback to Mason Powell, has been focusing on defensive back.

“We stopped (Beal City) here and there,” he said. “It was just some of the deep passes they got on us. Our other defensive back was hurt but he powered through the game, which was good. We needed that.”

Pine River (3-3) has three regular-season games remaining. The Bucks are home with Evart Friday.

Wing said he’s improved on man coverage this season.

“I’ve come to believe in myself that I’m better than the person across from me,” he said. “That’s the No. 1 thing I worked on. With my knee injury, I have to make myself better than the person I’m playing.”