KALKASKA — Once again, defense did it for Boyne City.
The Ramblers stopped a late threat by Kalkaska and held on to top the Blazers, 7-0, in a Lake Michigan Conference football game on Friday, improving to 3-2 overall, 2-1 league.
The shutout was the second straight for the Ramblers, who last week blanked Harbor Springs, 19-0. Boyne opened the 2007 season with three straight shutouts en route to a 7-3 finish.
On Friday, quarterback Jay Redman hooked up with receiver Keegan LaBlance for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for the game’s lone score. Chris Myers added the extra point.
The Ramblers held Kalkaska, 3-2, 2-1, to just 29 rushing yards and 156 yards of total offense.
“Once again, it was exciting,” Boyne coach Don Nohel said. “Coach Dave Bricker once again came up with a great effort and we’re developing into a pretty good football team. Offensively, we have some things to sort of iron out just in being consistent, but we’ve been playing pretty good defense.”
Nohel said the defensive line play has been crucial, as Elliot Hausler, Garrick Struble, Brady Calo and defensive back Alan Manross have led the charge.
“Our secondary is breaking to the ball hard and not giving up any big runs,” Nohel said. “Kalkaska’s quarterback is a big player for them, but we really bottled him up. It was just a great win for our kids and our program.”
For the Ramblers, who finished with 95 rushing yards and 232 yards of total offense, Kerey Kuheana had a team-high 68 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Redman completed 10-of-19 pass attempts for 137 yards. Both LeBlance and T.J. Douglas finished with 51 yards in receptions, LeBlance on four catches, Dougles on three, while Bradley Fochia finished with three for 35 yards.
“Offensively, we turned the ball over twice and we weren’t running the ball as consistently as we’d like,” Nohel said. “But you have to give Kalkaska credit, they’re a good team and they played a heck of a game.”
Myers led the Rambler defense with 15 tackles including a sack and two others for loss, while Kuheana and Manross added 10 tackles apiece, Wandrie made nine stops, and Trey Reinhardt added seven tackles and had an interception.
T.C. St. Francis 19,
CHARLEVOIX — Tough opponent, tough going offensively.
Traverse City St. Francis’ Byron Bullough scored two touchdowns and the Gladiator defense limited Charlevoix to 79 total yards Friday in a Lake Michigan Conference game at Kipke Field.
St. Francis, which is ranked fourth in the Associated Press Division 7 state poll, is 4-1 overall, 3-0 league. Charlevoix is 1-4, 1-2.
“Our offense struggled all night,” Charlevoix coach Don Jess said. “We started the second half well with a drive, but it stalled out at the 13-yard line. St. Francis does a great job on their blitz and we had a couple of fumbles.”
The Glads led 13-0 at the half.