Ramblers smash Pine River, 28-14 in playoffs

November 1, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The McBain football team narrowly edged Pine River in the regular season. Friday night, hosting the Bucks in the two’s division seven opening round playoff game, McBain scored a pair of late touchdowns to give it the edge once again, 28-14.
“It is a great feeling winning a playoff game,” head coach Pat Maloney said. “The boys worked hard for this and they should enjoy it.”

All four of the Rambler touchdowns came through the air, as Gavin Sieland had enough time in the pocket and plenty of open receivers to carve up the Buck defense.

“We thought if we could get some time to throw the ball we had some mismatches,” Maloney said. “The offensive line did great and we were able to connect on four throwing scores. Pine River has big play potential. We had to contain them except for a couple plays and we did just that.”

The Bucks hit on one of those plays on the first play of the game, getting a long touchdown run moments in to take a 7-0 lead.

McBain finally got on the scoreboard in the second, as Sieland fired a pass to Justin Kamphouse from 12 yards out to knot things up 7-7.

The Ramblers followed with an onside kick attempt, which they recovered. The extra possession led to Sieland finding George Brown for an 18-yard touchdown pass, making it 14-7 at the half.

McBain turned the ball over on its first drive of the second half. This allowed Pine River to cash in on a game-tying score on the ensuing drive, making it 14-all.

The Ramblers had a quick answer however, as on their first play of their next drive Sieland heaved a bomb for Garrett Verberkmoes for a 67-yard score, lifting McBain to a 20-14 lead. Sieland added a 32-yard touchdown pass to George Brown in the fourth quarter to give the Ramblers some late cushion and their defense helped hang on to the win from there. This is the team’s seventh straight victory.

“I am really happy for my seniors who regrouped the team after a 1-2 start and having gone on a long winning streak Maloney said. “A couple of the goals for the season had not been reached so it took a team to dig deep and work hard to accomplish our other team goals.”

Sieland finished the night 14-of-22 passing for 262 yards and four touchdowns and he also ran 17 times for 69 yards. Logan Rodenbaugh had six catches for 90 yards, Verberkmoes had two grabs for 77 yards and a score, Brown had two receptions for 51 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Kamphouse had three receptions for 28 yards and a score. Brown led the ground game with 32 yards on six carries.

The defense saw Noah Hendrickson, Kamphouse and Owen Bontekoe lead the way while Verberkmoes added an interception.
McBain (8-2 overall) heads to fourth ranked Lake City (10-0) tonight. The Trojans, who topped the Ramblers 14-12 back in week three edged North Muskegon 30-28 last week.

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