Pine River Looks to Keep Rolling in 2017

LEROY – The Pine River football program put together a season for the record books a year ago.

After winning their first district title in program history in 2014, the Bucks followed up in 2016 by capturing their first Highland Conference championship since 1999 and advanced to their first-ever state semifinal appearance, where they fell to eventual Division 6 state runner-up Glen Lake.

“It brings a little bit more expectation and a little more energy to the community and to the team,” coach Terry Martin said. “All in all, with this team, that was last year’s team that did that so nobody’s coming this year on Friday night to watch last year’s team. So this team is kind of working to kind of establish their own reputation.”

The Bucks are tasked his season with replacing many of the key components from last year’s squad including all-state quarterback Mason Powell.

“We have different guys, so it is kind of hard to say how we’re going until we have a scrimmage,” junior Bryan McCurry said. “I’m pretty confident in what we are doing right now, the younger guys are getting a lot of reps in and we are all getting a lot of reps in and we kind of all have one goal – to get going.”

Pine River travels to Kalkaska on Friday, Aug. 25.

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