LEROY \u2014 Mitch McDonald was responsible for all four touchdowns in leading the Pine River football team to a 28-12 homecoming victory over Marion. The Bucks are now 2-5 on the season. McDonald\u2019s presence in the lineup was a key factor for the Bucks, noted Bucks coach Chad Phillips. \u201cHe was a key factor,\u201d Phillips said. \u201cHe\u2019s a good player but he\u2019s had some injuries.\u201d Disc problems in his back prevented McDonald from doing anything in the summer, Phillips recalled. \u201cHe didn\u2019t do anything until football started,\u201d Phillips recalled when he came back, it was decided to try playing him in JV games to get him back into form. \u201cEverything was good, then he came to the varsity and played a couple of games,\u201d Phillips said. McDonald got hurt again and was out before returning against Marion. He took over for Skyler Nelson, who has been out with a broken collarbone. McDonald scored in the first quarter on a seven-yard run. He then scored on an 11-yard run and threw a touchdown pass to James Harvey to give Pine River a 21-6 half. McDonald then stripped a Marion ball carrier for a touchdown. Dakota Wieczorek rushed for 139 yards to lead Pine River, while McDonald added 116 yards on the ground. Devin Ruppert led the defensive effort with 22 tackles, while Tyler McCurry added 10 stops. \u201cThat was his best game defensively,\u201d Phillips said, adding that the offensive line \u201copened up some good holes.\u201d Pine River plays Friday night at McBain. The Bucks final game is Oct. 19 at home with Beal City \u00a0Pioneer Prep Editor Bob\u00a0Allan contributed to this story.