McBain Looks to Build off Historic Season
MCBAIN – McBain football coach Pat Maloney wasted little time in his return to his high school alma mater a year ago.
A 1993 McBain graduate, Maloney not only led the Ramblers to an 8-4 season and their first Highland Conference title since 2011 but the program’s fifth district championship and first since 2010 with a one-point win over Saginaw Nouvel.
“There’s a number of games that we were very close in last year that I think those teams are going to try to use as incentive against us, you know, to try and propel them to beat us,” Maloney said. “Our guys have to understand that other teams are looking for, yeah, they’re looking up at us, saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got to knock them off the top of the league.’”
With preseason camps opening this week, McBain is in the process of installing a new offense this year.
“With the new offense of Coach Maloney coming in, we’re ahead of the game as far as footwork goes,” senior Logan Eling said. “This year, it’s a lot faster, a lot speedier. And with the young talent that we have coming up, Maloney’s helping out a lot with getting those guys prepared for the next year, too.”
McBain begins its season with a pair of non-league games at Manistee (Aug. 25) and Kingsley (Sept. 1). The Ramblers also close out their season with home contest against Ionia (Oct. 14) and Reed City (Oct. 21).