Football: Tigers trample Bagley

The Tiger football team picked up its second big win in a row.

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The Pine River-Backus football team racked up an impressive 411 yards of total offense as they overwhelmed Bagley 58-14 on Friday, Sept. 10.

“We got off to a fast start again this week,” head coach Tom Demars said. “After a good kickoff return we were able to put together a nice drive and score on a nice pass from Irvin (Tulenchik) to Rian (Struss). On the ensuing kickoff our special teams forced and recovered a fumble, setting us up with a short field where we were able to punch it in.”

The Tiger defense allowed just one first down in the opening half. On the offensive side, Demars said his team made far fewer mistakes than in their first game against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

“The special teams groups, in particular the kickoff team, had an outstanding night, consistently putting us in good field position,” Demars said.

Halfback Brady Ruhl led the team with 102 yards on 10 rushes, scoring once late in the game on a 3-yard run. Ethan Lodge rushed for two touchdowns of his own. Tulenchik passed for 68 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Struss.


“It has been nice to get off to a good start but we know we have some tough challenges ahead, starting with this week against Menahga,” Demars said.

PR-B 24 12 7 14 - 58

Bagley 0 0 8 6 - 14

First quarter

PRB- Irvin Tulenchik pass complete to Rian Struss for 21 yards (Connor Tulenchik run good) 8:25

PRB-Ethan Lodge run for 21 yards (Pass by I.Tulenchik to Struss good.) 8:14


PRB-Chance Abraham run for 16 yards.(C. Tulenchik run good) 3:07

Second quarter

PRB-I. Tulenchik pass complete Struss for 10 yards (Pass failed) 11:55

PRB-Lodge run for 18 yards (Owen Carlson kick good) 8:24

Third quarter

PRB-Caleb Ruhl runs for 15 yards (Kick good) 8:48

B-Alexander Jobe runs for 6 yards (Noah Nelson run good) 3:35

Fourth quarter


PRB-Joe Zaczkowski runs for 3 yards (Run failed) 11:57

B-Nelson run for 5 yards (Pass failed) 6:27

PRB-Brady Ruhl run for 3 yards (Eli Abraham run good) 2:16

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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