Jason "Gilly" Gilles
Pine River-Backus senior Weston Smith was chosen most valuable offensive lineman for the North Star Conference, it was announced at the Tigers’ football team banquet on Monday, Nov. 4. Smith, along with teammates Jared Adkins, Brandon Mager, Jace Loge and Sam Pelkey were all-conference selections for the Tigers, who tied for the North Star Conference title. PR-B’s Triston Rubner, Henry Krecklau and Zach Struss were all-conference honorable mention players.
Fourth-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the visiting No. 5 Prairie Valley Nighthawks 36-24 on a cool and snowy night in the Section 6A quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers traveled to Pillager and came out on the short end of a 36-16 loss to the Huskies in a battle of North Star Conference leaders on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Pillager received the opening kickoff and ate up almost six minutes of the first quarter and ended the drive with a 15-yard sweep by Chris Gjovik for the touchdown at the 6:46 mark of the first quarter. Cherokee DeLeon added the extra point to give the Huskies the 7-0 lead.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers football team remained unbeaten with a 43-7 win over the host Bagley Flyers in North Star Conference action on Friday, Sept. 27. The Tigers, 5-0 overall, put their undefeated record on the line against the visiting Frazee Hornets at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Last fall, PR-B won its first four games before losing at Frazee. The Hornets did fall to 3-2 overall after losing to Red Lake County 20-14 on Sept. 27.
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.