The Pine River-Backus football team traveled to Cass Lake-Bena and soundly defeated the Panthers 51-8 in North Star Conference action on Friday, Sept. 20.
CL-B was unable to do anything with its first possession, and the Tigers started on the Panthers’ 49 and took advantage of the short field possession as Zach Struss connected with Brandon Mager for a 10-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
CL-B had to again punt, and PR-B went on a long drive which came down to a fourth -and-goal from the Panthers’ 5. Henry Krecklau would take the toss to the left side and add another score to give the visitors a 12-0 lead.
After a third punt by the Panthers, the Tigers went on another commanding drive with two highlight plays. The first was Struss connecting with Jace Loge for 34 yards to the Panthers’ 15. After Jared Adkins was stopped for no gain, Struss went on a quarterback keeper from 15 yards out, and the Tigers led 20-0 following Travon Pederson’s two-point conversion.
With 3:24 left before halftime the Tigers went on another strong drive that ended with Struss connecting with Shane Fleming, who appeared to be stopped two yards from the goal like, but he flipped the ball to Mager for the touchdown. The unusual play made it 27-0.
Just 19.9 seconds before the half, Tony Brunhuber picked Daven Staples off and took it for a 48-yard touchdown to make it 33-0 at intermission.
The Tigers received the ball first in the second half, and Mager started by returning the opening kickoff 85 yards a touchdown to make it 39-0. Triston Rubner would then pick Staples off at the Tiger 35. Four plays later. Rubner would scamper 35 yards for his first touchdown of the year for 45-0.
Brunhuber would come up with his second interception of Staples at midfield, and he returned it 34 yards. A couple plays later, Jared Adkins powered in from 11 yards out to give the Tigers their final score at 51-0.
CL-B finally got on the board at the 4:52 mark as Devan Staples rambled in from 13 yards out and added the two-point conversion to make it 51-8.
“I’m really happy with the way were putting up points on offense,” said PR-B coach Tom Demars. “We’re right where we want to be with the tough part of our schedule coming up.”
The Tigers, 4-0 overall, travel to Bagley (2-2 overall) for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 27. The Flyers fell to Pillager 39-18 on Sept. 20.
CL-Bena 0 0 0 8 — 8
PR-Backus 12 21 18 0 — 51
PRB-Brandon Mager 5 pass from Zach Struss (pass failed) 7:23
PRB-Henry Krecklau 6 run (pass failed) :34
PRB-Struss 15 run (Travon Pederson run) 8:14
PRB-Mager 7 pass from Struss (Hank Raph) 3:24
PRB-Tony Brunhuber 48 interception return (kick failed) :19
PRB-Mager 85 kickoff return (kick failed) 11:46
PRB-Triston Rubner 35 run (kick failed) 9:12
PRB-Jared Adkins 11 run (run failed) 5:09
CLB-Baven Staples 13 run (Staples run) 4:52
Rushes-yards: PRB 43-226, CLB 30-152
Pass comp-att-int-yds: PRB 7-14-0-108 , CLB 3-18-3-29
Total offense: PRB 334, CLB 181
Rushing: PRB-Krecklau 12-79, Adkins 9-55, Rubner 2-59
Passing: PRB-Struss 7-14-0-108
Receiving: PRB-Mager 4-67, Jace Loge 1-35