Football: Bulldogs outscore Tigers in semifinals

Pine River-Backus finishes 7-3

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PR-B's Rian Struss recovers a fumble in the Tigers' loss to OTC on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.
Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent
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PINE RIVER — The second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers trailed just 8-6 at halftime before being outscored 19-0 in the second half and falling to the No. 3 Ottertail Central Bulldogs in the Section 6-1A football semifinals Saturday, Oct. 29.

“(OTC) scored on three big pass plays, one on the first play of the second half,” said PR-B coach Tom Demars. “We weren't able to overcome their big plays in a game where points are hard to come by. (OTC) has a good rushing game, and they were able to grind out first downs and maintain long drives a couple times as well. We were able to put together a couple drives, but weren't able to come up with a big play when we needed it.”

The Tigers’ Irvin Tulenchik threw for 172 yards and added a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Tulenchik is one of 12 seniors on the PR-B roster.

“Irvin has led the offense for three years,” Demars said. “He was always doing whatever it takes for us to be successful - sometimes running, sometimes passing, but usually some combination of both. He was among the 12 seniors who finished their careers Saturday. We will really miss those guys. They poured their hearts into this game, and led us to many victories the past few years.”

The Tigers have compiled an admirable 15-5 record over the last two seasons, including finishing 7-3 overall this year.


“Our goal was to still be playing at this time, but we were able to put together another good season and win some competitive games that went down to the final possession,” Demars said. “I will remember those games more than anything, our players and coaches can certainly be proud of our season.”

Rian Struss caught eight passes for 69 receiving yards for the Tigers. Mason Dalluge hauled in three touchdown passes from Jack Mekalson to lead the Bulldogs.

Ottertail Central 8 0 12 7 – 27

Pine River-Backus 0 6 0 0 – 6

First quarter

OC-Mason Dalluge 49-yard pass from Jack Mekalson (Mekalson pass to Bladow) 6:29

Second quarter

PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 1-yard run (run fails) 11:38

Third quarter

OC-Dalluge 65-yard pass from Mekalson (pass fails) 11:46

OC-Dalluge 36-yard pass from Mekalson (pass fails) 6:23

Fourth quarter

OC-Hammer 2-yard run (Reinbold kick) 9:31

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: PRB 26-56, OTC 43-207

Pass comp-att-int-yds: PRB 18-32-2-178, OTC 4-4-0-165

Total offense: PRB 58-234, OTC 47-372

Individual leaders

Rushing: PRB-Chance Abraham 4-23, Brady Ruhl 6-13, Rian Struss 1-9, Irvin Tulenchik 11-6, Ethan Lodge 4-5

Passing: PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 17-31-172, Corbin Knapp 1-1-6

Receiving: PRB-Rian Struss 8-69, Brady Ruhl 2-48, Barron Milham 4-42, Ethan Lodge 2-12, Chance Abraham 1-4

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PR-B's Irvin Tulenchik weaves through the Wolves' defense on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.
Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

Tigers 37, Walker-H-A 13

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Tulenchik completed seven passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns passes and tallied 11 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns as PR-B beat the No. 7 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in the quarterfinals.

Struss led the Tigers in receiving with four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. Brady Ruhl recorded 12 carries for 99 yards and recorded two touchdowns.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 0 0 7 6 – 13

Pine River-Backus 0 14 14 9 – 37

Second quarter

PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 20 run (Chance Abraham kick) 10:58

PRB-Rian Struss 11 pass from Tulenchik (Abraham kick) 3:41

Third quarter

WHA- Logan Watts 7 run (Levi Norvold kick) 6:12

PRB-Brady Ruhl 32 pass from Tulenchik (Abraham kick) 3:38

PRB-Ruhl 28 run (Abraham kick) 3:14

Fourth quarter

WHA-Eli Pfeiffer 51 pass from Parker Brock (kick failed) 11:49

PRB-Tulenchik 2 run (kick failed) 7:58PRB-Abraham 32 yard field goal

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: WHA 31-58, PRB 36-295

Pass comp-att-int-yds: WHA 13-23-0-195, PRB 7-11-0-89

Total offense: WHA 54-253, PRB 47-384

Individual leaders

Rushing: PRB-Ruhl 12-99, Tulenchik 11-90, Abraham 7-55, Ethan Lodge 6-51

Passing: PRB-Tulenchik 7-11-0-89

Receiving: PRB-Struss 4-37, Ruhl 1-32, Abraham 2-20

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