LEROY \u2014 It\u2019s been a fun season for Mike Jones and the Pine River football team. The Bucks are 8-3 and winners of the district title after a 34-27 topping of Sanford Meridian last week. \u201cWe\u2019re going hard in practice and knowing what our plays\u00a0are,\u201d Jones, a two-way lineman for the Bucks, said. \u201cWe\u2019re just not giving up.\u201d The win over Tawas in the predistrict gave notice to everyone that the Bucks weren\u2019t simply happy just being in the playoffs. \u201cWe were pretty confident,\u201d Jones said. \u201cWe came out pretty good. We had some minor mistakes here and there. Overall, we started off pretty good. It was a very good game.\u201d The offense has had success throughout the season. \u201cOur line is good at blocking, we block well, and we have fast running backs and fullbacks that can run everyone over,\u201d Jones said. He was confident of a win over Sanford Meridian and the Bucks came through. Pine River now plays at Boyne City Friday night in the regional final. It\u2019s been quite a ride for a team that was 3-6 last season and was 4-3 after its first seven games this year. A four-game winning streak has the Bucks playing as deep as they\u2019ve ever been in the playoffs. \u201cWe get pumped up a lot more (with playoffs),\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve made history by winning our first playoff game.\u201d They obviously also made plenty of history with the district title.