LEROY \u2014 Devin Ruppert ended his senior season with a career record for tackles at Pine River. Meanwhile, Pine River couldn\u2019t stop the Beal City offense in a 51-14 loss on Friday. The Bucks turned the ball over five times in the first half against the undefeated Aggies to fall behind 48-0 at halftime. The Bucks then outscored Beal City 14-3 in the second half. Mitchell McDonald scored one touchdown on the ground and added another through the air on an 18-yard pass to James Harvey in the fourth quarter. \u201cBeal City is the real deal,\u201d said Pine River coach Chad Phillips. \u201cThey\u2019re not 9-0 for nothing. You can\u2019t have five turnovers in a half even to a poor team.\u201d McDonald finished 8-of-16 for 140 yards through the air, while Harvey caught three passes for 39 yards and a score. Dakota Wieczorek had two catches for 74 yards. Ruppert led the Bucks with 14 tackles, while Cason Rawson had 13. Pine River finished the season at 2-7. Phillips points to Ruppert\u2019s achievements defensively as one of the highlights for the Bucks. Getting a homecoming victory and raising monies during the Armed Services game with Evart were also highlights. The Bucks entered the season with number problems. Five players expected to play decided not to come out for injury or other reasons. \u201cWe were down five even before we started the season,\u201d Phillips said. Mitch McDonald had his varsity season curtailed, coming off an injury from a few months ago and also having sustained a concussion. Midway through the year, the Bucks lost quarterback Skyler Nelson to a collarbone injury. Wieczorek filled in as QB for the end of that game and another full game before McDonald came back from the injury list. With the likes of Beal City, Evart and Lake City on the schedule, the Bucks had their hands full. \u201cThose three are in the playoffs,\u201d Phillips said. \u201cMcBain was a pretty good 4-5 team. They play a tough non-conference schedule.\u201d So do the Bucks who were only able to defeat Benzie Central in the non-league slate. 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. Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this report.