Grayling @ Boyne City
On Friday night, two of Northern Michigan’s best teams will put their undefeated records on the line in a winner-take-all game. The game will be a battle of two high-powered offenses as Grayling and Boyne City face off for the Lake Michigan Conference title. For Grayling, everything starts with Jake Swander, the junior quarterback who is on pace to pass for 3,000 yards this season. Swander is another college prospect hidden in the woods of Northern Michigan, but boasts a good arm and strong pocket presence. Senior running back Ty Jensen will look to keep the Boyne City defense honest as he strives for another big game on the ground. The offensive line will be anchored by junior Lucas Walesky, a 6-4, 250 mauler. On defense, watch for 6-3, 190 senior middle linebacker Wes Dean, who has been the Vikings’ top tackler.
The Boyne City attack will be led by sophomore quarterback Corey Redman, a CMU basketball commit. Redman has a strong arm, good speed, and leadership that sparks the Ramblers. In the backfield, freshman Malik Smith gives the Ramblers a potent running game. Smith is a power back who runs with a vengeance despite his age. He also has deceptive speed that has accounted for many big runs this year. The Ramblers have been able to outscore teams and will look to do the same on Friday night.
Only one team will walk away with the title and preserve their undefeated record, but we’re expecting a whale of a game. This game will be the biggest thing to hit the southern shores of Lake Charlevoix in a long time.