District Champions; Ramblers Defeat Negaunee … Next game VS. Pine River at home

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The Boyne City juggernaut that eliminated Elk Rapids from the playoffs in recent weeks continued last Friday night as the Ramblers buried the Negaunee Miners by a whopping 47-0.

The Ramblers managed to clinch two added bonuses with the Nov. 7 win because, not only was this their first district championship in 13 years, but Negaunee was the team that knocked Boyne City out of competition in the 2013 district final.

“Maceo Vroman had a big night. He rushed 20 times for 141 yards, scoring three touchdowns, and caught one pass for 15 yards for a fourth touchdown,” said Boyne City Ramblers Varsity Football Coach David Hills. “I thought the team played really well on both sides of the ball. Obviously, we are pleased with the outcome. Anytime we can beat a team like (Negaunee) it says a lot about who we are and how we played.”

The Boyne City Ramblers are 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the Lake Michigan Conference.

“This is the best season since I was in high school,” said 2002 Boyne City High School graduate Eric Frykberg. “The last time the team did this good was in 2001, which was my senior year. We have an amazing group of talent, and with the help of coach Hills again, our team is unstoppable.”

The team is ranked 3,144 nationally and 111th in the state.

“I personally think they did the best they have done since I was a freshman,” said 2012 Boyne City High School graduate Kelsey Moore. “The team played like a team and dominated the field. I’m proud to call myself a Boyne City Rambler!”

1952 Boyne City schools graduate and alumni hall of fame member Rex Judkins wished the Ramblers the best of luck at this Friday’s game.

“I think this year’s team is a lot of fun to watch,” he said. “They’re a great group of kids, and they’ve really set their minds to achieving what they have so far.”

The Ramblers are set to meet Pine River school from Leroy for a neutral playoff game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Boyne City.

“It’ll be a good one,” said Hills. “We’ve got Pine River at home on Friday, and they’re playing some pretty good football right now.”
He added, “It’ll be a good test for us, and a really good game.”