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Football: Passing game leads Tigers past Menahga

The Pine River-Backus Tigers enjoyed one of their best passing games in recent years when they passed for four touchdowns in a 33-6 football victory at the Menahga Braves Friday, Sept. 17.

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PR-B quarterback Irvin Tulenchik keeps the ball in the Tigers' win over Menahga on Friday, Sept. 17. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

The Pine River-Backus Tigers enjoyed one of their best passing games in recent years when they passed for four touchdowns in a 33-6 football victory at the Menahga Braves Friday, Sept. 17.

PR-B quarterback Irvin Tulenchik tossed three of the scores while Connor Tulenchik added the final scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

“I don't recall any games where we have had four touchdown passes, at least not recently,” said Tigers’ coach Tom Demars said of the passing milestone.

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PR-B quarterback Irvin Tulenchik keeps the ball in the Tigers' win over Menahga on Friday, Sept. 17. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

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Beside the passing success, Demars was also pleased with his team’s defensive effort.

“So far this season we have had a good balance between our offensive production and our defense that has consistently set us up with good field position,” said Demars, whose team allowed just 56 total yards. “Special teams have been a big part as well as our kicking and return games have been outstanding.”

PR-B opened the scoring when Ethan Lodge ran 31 yards for a 6-0 first-quarter lead. Irvin Tulenchik connected with Chance Abraham for a short touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Menahga scored later in the quarter, but the Tigers still led 12-6 at intermission.

“This game was tight going into halftime,” Demars said, “but our defense didn't allow a first down in the second half, and we were able to make some big plays on offense.”

PR-B scored twice in the third period as Irvin Tulenchik passed 17 yards to Carson Travis and then he connected for a 2-yard score to Rian Struss. Connor Tulenchik then connected with Struss for a 20-yard touchdown with 8:30 remaining for the final points.

Lodge led PR-B with 10 carries for 63 yards while Abraham, Struss and Lodge each had two catches. On defense, Abraham and Owen Carlson each had seven solo tackles.

The game was a matchup of teams from the Northwest South District 6A as the Braves dropped to 1-2 overall and PR-B improved to 3-0. The Tigers will host New York Mills for their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

“(NYM) will be a challenge,” Demars said. “They appear to be a physical team up front that has the ability to run and pass the ball with a really good quarterback. We will definitely have our hands full, but we're definitely looking forward to playing at home.”

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First quarter

PR-B - Ethan Lodge 31 run (pass failed) 8:12

Second quarter

PR-B - Irvin Tulenchik 4 pass to Chance Abraham (pass failed) 10:27

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Men - 55 yard scoring pass (run failed) 5:05

Third quarter

PR-B - I. Tulenchik 17 pass to Carson Travis (Connor Tulenchik run) 4:28

PR-B - I. Tulenchik 2 pass to Rian Struss (Lodge run) :18

Fourth quarter

PR-B - C. Tulenchik 20 pass to Struss (Owen Carlson kick) :8:30

Team statistics:

Rushes-yards: PR-B 36-120; Men 34-(-14)

Pass comp-att-int-yards: PR-B 8-13-0-119; Men 2-5-1-70

Total offense: PR-B 239; Men 56

PR-B individual leaders:

Rushing: Lodge 10-63, C. Tulenchik 15-56, Abraham 5-13

Passing: I. Tulenchik 7-11-0-99, C. Tulenchik 1-1-0-20

Receiving: Abraham 2-25, Struss 2-22, Lodge 2-10, Carlson 1-45, Travis 1-17

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