Next Up: McBain Ramblers face undefeated Lake City Trojans

November 1, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The McBain football team hasn’t been able to get the better of Lake City recently. The Trojans have won three straight games over the Ramblers, including a playoff game last year and a close 14-12 game earlier this season. McBain (8-2) will have its chance at revenge tonight (Friday) as they head to fourth ranked and undefeated Lake City (10-0) with a division seven district championship on the line.

“A win would be exciting,” head coach Pat Maloney said. “We haven’t won a district title since 2015. A couple seniors were on that team and know what a great feeling it is to win it. They want it again and I want it for them too.”

In order to get that win the Ramblers will have to overcome a team that returns a big chunk of its roster that reached the state semi-finals last year. The Trojans are led by running backs Noah Thom and David Greenfield. They are quarterbacked by Matt Holt, who frequently runs for over 100 yards and is also a threat through the air. Ben Marion and Devon Davis are threats as receivers. As a unit the Trojan offense has averaged almost 34 points a game and has hit the 40-point mark five times. Their defense has been stingy as well, as it has given up an average of just under nine points a game and has shut out three opponents. They gave up a season high 28 points in their playoff win over North Muskegon last week, however two of those touchdowns came on punt returns.

Conversely, the Ramblers have scored an average of 25.3 points a game and have given up 12.5, though if there are any that doubt McBain, one has to look no further than the battle they gave Lake City in week three. The Ramblers hung with the Trojans all night and were a just a failed late two-point conversion away from forcing overtime.

“Lake City has a shutdown defense with an explosive offense but we were able to control them for the most part and kept them to their season low 14 points,” Maloney said. “We turned the ball over too often and didn’t convert in the red zone. We need to improve in those two areas. We need to have ball security and when we get inside the 20 we only come out with points.”
The Ramblers are no stranger to success in the post-season. There is no need to tell them that with each passing week of the playoffs their opponents get a little tougher and the stakes get higher.

“Lake City has a big confident senior class, their offensive line is big and strong,” Maloney said. “Their skill players execute for big plays. They are a very good football team so we have to frustrate them offensively and move the ball on offense. Special teams needs to be at its best. We have to have a complete game to beat them.”

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