A first quarter 22 yard pass from Jay Redman to Keegan LaBlance, and a Chris Myers extra point was all it took for the Ramblers to pull out a close victory over Kalkaska on Friday night. That touchdown at the 6:49 point of the first quarter was all the scoring in the game, as the Ramblers defense held on and stopped a late fourth quarter Blue Blazer drive to pull out the win.
“This was a big win for us,” said Coach Nohel. “The kids played hard. The defense stepped up and was really hustling to the ball.”
Kalkaska had only one real scoring threat of the night, but it came at a most inopportune time. The Blue Blazers took over the ball late in the fourth quarter on their own two yard line, then drove it 80 yards on 11 plays, before turning the ball over on downs to a stingy Boyne defense with under a minute to play in the game. “We had good pressure on the quarterback, and Jay Redman made a game saving, finger tackle on a deflected pass at the end,” said Nohel. “We made some mistakes, but we hung together and made the plays when it counted.”
Boyne’s offense was led by Kerey Kuheana with 68 yards on 20 attempts. In the passing game, Redman was 10 of 19 for 137 yards. LaBlance was on the receiving end of 4 of those passes for 51 yards. TJ Douglas caught three passes for 51 yards and Bradley Fouchia hauled in 3 passes for 35 yards. The Rambler defense was led by Myers with 15 tackles, Kuheana and Alan Manross with 10, Zach Wandrie with nine and Trey Reinhardt with 7 tackles and one interception. Garrick Struble also recovered a fumble.
The Ramblers are next in action this Friday night with a home game against Traverse City St. Francis.