Football: Tulenchik helps Tigers improve to 4-1

Pine River-Backus Football

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Connor Tulenchik rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns as the Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the host Warroad Warriors 39-30 in football action Friday, Oct. 1.

“We were able to get the running game going in the first quarter, it kept working, so we stuck with it,” said PR-B coach Tom Demars. “Connor (Tulenchik) had a great game running, reading blocks and getting some tough yards. Our fullbacks Caleb Ruhl and Chance Abraham, as well as our line (Corbin Knapp, Cole Burrell, Konnor King, Trey Tuchtenhagen, Wyatt Bean, and Rian Struss) gave us running lanes all night long. That helped us maintain possession of the football.”

The Tigers assumed a 16-8 lead at the half and expanded the advantage to 26-8 after three quarters before the Warriors rallied with 22 points in the fourth period to close the gap.

“We started out strong in the first quarter, jumping to a 16-0 lead, before Warroad came back with a drive that took up a big chunk of the second quarter where they scored,” Demars said. “We were able to get it going again in the third quarter where we scored on a safety and a touchdown. And then we scored a couple more times in the fourth quarter, but we gave up a couple big plays to let them stick around and make things interesting.”

Irvin Tulenchik threw for 106 yards and a 34-yard touchdown to Owen Carlson while Ethan Lodge recorded a safety as the Tigers improved to 4-1 overall.


Pine River-Backus hosts Ada-Borup-West at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

“Ada-Borup is coming into the game undefeated after beating two highly ranked teams (Mahnomen, Polk County) over the past two weeks,” Demars said. “They are strong in all phases of the game and will present a great challenge for us.”

Pine River-Backus 8 8 10 13 -- 39

Warroad 0 8 0 22 -- 30

First quarter

PRB - Owen Carlson 34 pass from Irvin Tulenchik (Connor Tulenchik run good) 3:48


Second quarter

PRB- C. Tulenchik 1 run (run C. Tulenchik) 10:24

W- Gaabi Boucha 2 run (run good) 2:20

Third quarter

PRB- Ethan Lodge tackle for safety 5:44

PRB-C. Tulenchik 3 run (I. Tulenchik pass Rian Struss good) 0:35


Fourth quarter

W- Carter GIllette 49 pass from Jack Jones (run fails) 6:38

PRB-C. Tulenchik 39 run (pass fail) 5:24

W-Cole Spenst 73 yard kick return (pass good) 5:12,

PRB-C. Tulenchik 14 run (Carlson kick good) 2:50

W-Boucha 3 run (run good) 0:43

Team statistics:

Rushes-yards: PRB 39-230, W 34-148

Pass comp-att-int-yds: PRB 6-10-3-106, W 4-11-0-73

Total offense: PRB 49-336, W 45-221

Individual leaders:

Rushing: PRB-Connor Tulenchik 25-151, Ethan Lodge 8-52, Chance Abraham 4-17, Irvin Tulenchik 2-10

Passing: PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 6-9-2-106

Receiving: PRB-Connor Tulenchik 2-48, Owen Carlson 1-34, Rian Struss 1-15, Caleb Ruhl 1-7

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