LEROY -- Pine River\u2019s football season is nearing the midpoint with players like Maverick Martin and Mack Oliver anxious to help the Bucks attain winning success. Martin is a 6-3, 170-pound senior defensive tackle and offensive tight end. He started on defense last year and is a starter both ways this fall. On his defensive assignments, \u201cIt depends on the team they run,\u201d Martin said. \u201cIf it\u2019s dive or trap, I get in there first and make sure the running backs have nowhere to go and keep them off our linebackers.\u201d Pine River is off to a 1-1 start. \u201cDefensively, we\u2019ve had some pretty good stands,\u201d Martin said. \u201cWe could use a lot more work.\u201d As a tight end, Martin has been blocking and pass catching. He caught one pass the first two games. \u201cI have good hands,\u201d he said. \u201cMy speed isn\u2019t the best but my hands make up for it.\u201d The Bucks have less than 20 players and going two ways can make it physically challenging, Martin admitted. \u201cIt\u2019s always a challenge when you\u2019re going 100 percent every play,\u201d he said. Oliver is a 5-7, 170-pound junior starting center. It\u2019s his first varsity season, but he did play center on the junior varsity level his sophomore year. \u201cLast year was my first year,\u201d said Oliver, who previously was a left guard. \u201cThey asked me to move to it. It\u2019s pretty good. I like it.\u201d The move, Oliver admitted, did take some adjustment. \u201cYou have to make sure the snap is good, and remember to count, then the block,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s gone very good. I haven\u2019t fumbled a snap yet (after two games). I\u2019ve been blocking pretty decent, but not to my coach\u2019s expectations, but pretty decent.\u201d In the team\u2019s first win of the season against Benzie Central \u201cwe had good pass protection and good offense. We have to keep our offense together, keep our pass protection good, get a lot of touchdowns,\u201d Oliver said. \u201cOur defense was doing a great job stopping them in all aspects,\u201d Martin said. \u201cWe need to play as a team.\u201d Oliver continues to work on snapping and pass protection. This week, the Highland Conference schedule starts and Oliver expects teams like Lake City and Beal City to be extremely tough. The win over Benzie \u201cgives us confidence, gets us pumped up,\u201d Oliver said. \u201cWe\u2019re going for a winning record this year,\u201d Martin added.