Last Minute TD Propels Lake City to Victory Over McBain

September 27, 2019

by Ben Murphy – Sports Writer

McBain and Lake City played in yet another classic Highland Conference football game Friday night. Unfortunately for the Ramblers, they came up short once again to the Trojans, this time on a last minute touchdown, 21-15.

“Another tough game for us because we played better, but could not close out the game,” head coach Pat Maloney said. “We out-gained them in offense but couldn’t score when we were inside the 20, twice. We left points out on the field and we had too many negative yardage plays as well.”

McBain started the game off well, getting a long touchdown play in the first quarter. Quarterback George Brown fired a pass to Ethan Barton, who ran 65 yards down field before getting caught. He then lateraled the ball to Gavin Sieland, who found his way into the end zone for what was a 70-yard scoring play. Sabastian Mattson booted in the extra point to make it 7-0.

The Trojans scored a second quarter touchdown to knot things up at 7-apiece at the half and scored the first points of the second half to hold a 14-7 advantage entering the fourth.

In the fourth, McBain was able to execute a fake punt to convert a first down, eventually leading to a Sieland eight-yard touchdown run. Sieland also hauled in the ball on the two-point conversion pass attempt by Brown. This put the Ramblers narrowly ahead 15.

McBain was able to put up one defensive stop, but wasn’t able to run out the clock on its ensuing pos- session, giving the Trojans the ball back on their own 20-yard line with 2:50 left to play.

Lake City marched down the field, converting one fourth down along the way and capped it off with a touchdown pass with just 33 seconds left.

Brown was 17-of-27 passing for 288 yards with Barton making 12 receptions for 160 yards. On defense, Owen Bontekoe and Kaiden McGillis had eight tackles each, with McGillis also recovering a fumble.

McBain (1-3 overall, 1-2 Highland) heads to Evart (3-1, 2-1) today (Friday). The Wildcats started the season 3-0, but came up short to Beal City last week, 35-7. McBain won last week’s meeting 38-8.

“We are going to have to play better inside the 20-yard line and avoid negative plays,” Maloney said. “Our defense needs to step up and shut down Evart’s spread offense. They have speed and play- makers and we must hustle to the football and tackle in space.”

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