Glen Lake, Boyne City to Clash in Overtime on the Road

BOYNE CITY – Undefeated Boyne City kicks off its Division 6 playoff run by hosting Glen Lake in our Overtime on the Road matchup on Friday.

The Ramblers (9-0) are fresh off a thrilling 19-13 win over Traverse City St. Francis last week for the Northern Michigan Football League Legends title, while the Lakers (6-2) went undefeated in league play en route to an NMFL Leaders championship.

Glen Lake leads the all-time series at 4-2, with the Ramblers winning the last meeting in 2015, 48-21.

“Glen Lake is a really good football team,” Boyne City coach Dave Hills said. “They got a lot of kids with a lot of experience. They were in the state finals last year, and a lot of the skilled position guys are back…This is going to be as tough as we’ve seen all year, so we know we’re really going to have to play our best.”

Since falling to Watervliet, 52-26, in Week 3, the Lakers have rolled through their schedule with five consecutive wins and four shutouts, while outscoring opponents 264-34 during that stretch.

“We have to take care of ourselves, and we have to do our job,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said.

“You can’t dwell on who you’re playing, and I think that’s one of the biggest things our kids have bought into over the last four or five weeks.

The Ramblers find themselves at 9-0 for the first time since reaching the 2014 Division 6 state semifinals.

“For us, it’s really just making sure that we’re taking care of the little things, and so at our practice we’re breaking things down just like we always do, and working on what are the adjustments for the week, what are we going to see, and how are we going to handle those things,” Hills said.

While every team has their sights set on spending Thanksgiving in Detroit, Glen Lake and Boyne City aren’t looking past this week.

“We’re taking it one week at a time,” Hewitt said. “Coach said in a meeting before practice today it’s all about Glen Lake. We’re focused on Glen Lake all week, that’s the only thing on our mind, and we’ve only got one shot to go get it.”

“It’s one week at a time,” added Angers. “Right now it’s do or die. We have one game, okay, we have to be 1-0 after the week or we go home. You don’t look at the big picture and say hey we’re trying to get all the way to Thanksgiving, we’re just trying to get to the next Friday.”

The winner of Friday’s game will face either Traverse City St. Francis or Calumet for a district championship next week.

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