A 19-point fourth quarter sparked a homecoming comeback win for the Pine River-Backus, who capitalized on takeaways in a 35-26 win over Ada-Borup Friday, Oct. 8.
“We played really badly against New York Mills at home two weeks ago.” senior running back Connor Tulenchik said. “Ever since then, we have been working hard … Ada-Borup are fourth in the state and they thought of us as nobodies, but once they got off the bus we were ready to take it to them, and that’s what we did.”
Irvin Tulenchik found Carson Travis for a 36-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score for the Tigers with 4:19 left in a back-and-forth game.
Owen Carlson put the game out of the reach for Ada-Borup with a pick-six for the Tigers to put them up by 35-26.
Connor Tulenchik led the Tigers in rushing with 109 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and credited the offensive line for the team’s successful ground game.
“If we didn’t have that offensive line, we (the running backs) would get nothing done, and that opens up the passing game,” Connor Tulenchik said. “It’s such an amazing team.”
Irvin Tulenchik threw for 118 yards and a touchdown on 9-of-16 passing in the win. He also rushed for a score.
PR-B improves to 5-1 in the win, and face Lake Park-Audubon at home on Friday, Oct. 15.
“I love every single one of these boys, and we played amazing,” Connor Tulenchik said.
Ada-Borup 0 14 6 6 — 26
Pine River-Backus 8 8 0 19 — 35
PRB-Ethan Lodge 9-yard run (Carson Travis pass from Irvin Tulenchik) 5:07
AB-Oliver Kritzberger 6-yard run (Cameron Spaeth pass from Aiden Marcussen) 6:21
PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 8-yard run (Travis pass from Tulenchik) 3:20
AB-Aiden Marcussen 3-yard run (pass failed) 0:33
AB-Beau Fetting 7-yard pass from Marcussen (run failed) 5:04
PRB-Connor Tulenchik 1-yard run (Travis pass from Irvin Tulenchik) 8:48
AB-Fetting 75-yard kickoff return (pass failed) 8:30
PRB-Travis 36-yard pass from Irvin Tulenchik (run failed) 4:19
PRB-Owen Carlson interception return (Carlson kick) 2:24
Rushes-yards: PRB 36-164, AB 31-108
Pass comp-att-int-yds: PRB 10-17-124, AB 5-13-3-46
Total offense: PRB 53-268, AB 44-154
Rushing: PRB-Connor Tulenchik 21-109, Ethan Lodge 7-37, Irvin Tulenchik 7-13, Chance Abraham 1-5
Passing: PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 9-16-118
Receiving: PRB-Carson Travis 4-56, Owen Carlson 2-54, Ethan Lodge 3-8, Irvin Tulenchik 1-6
Overall: PRB 5-1. Next: Pine River-Backus hosts Lake Park-Audubon 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.