Back Row: Coach Mark Kassuba, Coach Matt LaGrow, Mike Steinman, Jake Erickson, Derek Kanouse, Jon Bingham, Rich Stewart, Devin Adema, Brad Rouse, Steven Holmes, Coach Todd Baker
Middle Row: Ryan Day, Josh Johnson, Josh Hayes, Matt Treiber, Aaron Denton, Kent Trullinger, Justin Kruse, Keith Tice, Ryan Albright
Front Row: Nate Draper, Josh Keller, Mike Sodergren, Bob Seeley, David Suchecki, Jeremy Moore, Corwin Lupien, Matt Mattzela
The 1997 season wasn’t a good one in terms of wins and losses. The Bucks finished 2-7. However, it was the first season under Coach Todd Baker and the beginning of a turnaround. Coach Baker would revive a program that, including the 97 year, had put together five consecutive seasons with 2 wins or less. The 97 squad started out with a nice 36-0 victory over Brethern. In that contest Ryan Allbright would score 4 touchdowns and rush for 203 yards. They would then lose seven straight including a close 16-10 loss to Lake City. One bright spot in that stretch was scoring 26 points on Beal City. In that contest, Allbright rushed for 126 yards and teammate Matt Treiber hauled in 7 receptions on the night. Allbright and Treiber were the heroes in the 8-7 win against Allendale on week 8. The Bucks were down 7-0 late in the game and looking at 4th &12. Derek Kanouse came up with a big 14 yard reception on what would be PR’s only completed pass on the night. With 1:10 remaining, Ryan Allbright scored from 5 yards out. Coach Baker elected to go for the win and Matt Treiber made his coach look smart when he converted the 2 point conversion and sealed the victory. The Bucks were on the other side of a close contest in week 9 as they lost 2-26 to Comstock Park in week 9.