The Pine River-Backus Tigers football team suffered their first loss in six games when they fell to the visiting Frazee Hornets 32-20 on Parents Night on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Hornets received the opening kickoff and went on a drive that ate up eight minutes of the first quarter. Frazee also lost its starting quarterback to an injury on the drive, and also came away with no points. The Tigers first drive began at midfield, but they were unable to do anything and would have to punt as the opening quarter was scoreless.
At the 11:34 mark in the second quarter , Hesston Bachmann would score from eight yards out for the first touchdown of the night. Cory Wokasch would hit Grant Overland for the two-point conversion to give the visitors an 8-0 lead. On the Tigers’ first drive of the second quarter they would move to the Frazee 16, but couldn’t answer the Hornets score and eventually turned the ball over on downs.
Frazee would end up punting on its next possession, and the Tigers would start at their own 43-yard line. Quarterback Zach Struss would be hit and fumble, which was recovered by Austin Torma and returned 50 yards for the touchdown. Hesston Bachmann added the two-point conversion to make it 16-0.
On the Tigers’ next position they went three-and-out, and had to punt. But the Hornets made a costly mistake and fumbled the punt to give PR-B the ball at the Frazee 49. Struss then hit Jared Adkins on a screen pass that went for 38 yards to put the ball at the Hornet 11.
With 20.1 seconds remaining, Struss connected with Brandon Mager for a 11-yard touchdown and Adkins added the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 16-8. Mager would intercept Wokasch to end the half at the PR-B five-yard line.
The Tigers punted on their first drive of the second half, but they would make the Hornets turn the ball over on downs at the PR-B 43. Struss would cap the Tiger drive off with a one-yard keeper for the touchdown, but PR-B still trailed 16-14 after the failed conversion play.
The Hornets quickly answered as Bachmann took the handoff from his own 34 and rumbled to the Tiger 3. Bachman then plunged in from three yards out, and also add the two-point conversion to make it 24-14.
At the 8:52 mark, Bachmann added his third score of the night from 16 yards out. The two-point conversion made it 32-14. The Tigers quickly answered on one play as Struss hit Mager for a 56-yard touchdown to make it 32-20 with 8:41 remaining.
Bachmann would fumble at his own 31-yard line, which was recovered by Travon Pederson. The Tigers looked as if they were going in for a big score to tighten the game up, but Pederson would fumble at the Frazee 6.
PR-B had one last shot, but Struss was picked off at the Frazee 33, and the Hornets would kill the clock and come away with the win.
“We knew it was going to be a physical game at times we stood up to that,” said PR-B coach Tom Demars. “I was happy with the way we competed. There were too many missed opportunities, and a couple turnovers that were hard to come back from.”
The Tigers host a homecoming game against Blackduck on Friday, Oct. 11. The Drakes defeated Cass Lake-Bena 46-6 on Oct. 4, to even their record at 3-3.
Frazee 0 16 8 8 — 32
PR-Backus 0 8 6 6 — 20
F-Hesston Bachmann 4 run (Bachmann run)
F-Austin Torma 50 fumble recovery (Bachmann run)
PRB-Brandon Mager 11 pass from Zach Struss (Jared Adkins run)
PRB-Struss 2 run (PAT fail)
F-Bachmann 4 run (Bachmann run)
F-Tanner Bachmann 16 run (pass good)
PRB-Mager 56 pass from Struss (PAT fail)
Rushes-yards: F 343, PRB 140
Pass comp-att-int-yds: F0-5-1-0, PRB 8-21-1-158
Total offense: F 343, PRB 298
Rushing: PRB-Travon Pederson 15-75
Passing: PRB-Struss 8-21-1-158
Receiving: PRB-Brandon Mager 4-106