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High School Football: Tigers improve to 3-0 with close win

The Pine River-Backus Tigers hosted Menahga Friday, Sept. 16.

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PINE RIVER — A 12-point fourth quarter helped the Pine River-Backus Tigers rally for a 30-22 Section 6-1A victory over the Menahga Braves and improve to 3-0 Friday, Sept. 16.

The Tigers used a balanced attack as they threw for 199 yards and rushed for 205 yards to amass 404 yards compared to Menhaga’s 254.

Irvin Tulenchik was 9-of-19 passing for 199 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with three different receivers for scores as he hit Carson Travis on an 8-yard TD, Ethan Rugroden on a 66-yard TD and Ethan Lodge on a 35-yard TD pass.

Tulenchik also rushed for 99 yards on 19 carries. Ethan Lodge rushed 19 times for 86 yards and both fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Menahga 14 0 8 0 -- 22

Pine River-Backus 0 12 6 12 -- 30

First quarter

M-65-yard pass (run failed) 11:45

M-76-yard pass (pass good) 4:11

Second quarter

PRB-Carson Travis 8 pass from Irvin Tulenchik (run failed) 11:06

PRB-Ethan Rugroden 66 pass from Tulenchik pass failed) 3:48

Third quarter

PRB-Ethan Lodge 35 pass from Tulenchik (pass failed) 5:49

M-22-yard pass (pass failed) 1:37

Fourth quarter

PRB-Lodge 4 run (pass failed) 10:16

PRB-Lodge 3 run (pass failed) 2:36

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: PRB 45-205, M 20-20

Pass comp-att-int-yds: PRB 9-20-0-199, M 11-22-2-234

Total offense: PRB 65-404, M 42-254

Individual leaders

Rushing: PRB-Irvin Tulenchik 19-99, Ethan Lodge 19-86, Chance Abraham 3-14, Brady Ruhl 3-4, Corbin Knapp 1-2

Passing: PRB-Tulenchik 9-19-199, Rian Struss 0-1-0

Receiving: PRB-Ethan Rugroden 1-66, Ethan Lodge 2-54, Rian Struss 3-43, Chance Abraham 2-28, Carson Travis 1-8

Overall: PRB 3-0. Next: Pine River-Backus at New York Mills 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

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