Beyond the Playbook: Mountain Iron-Buhl climbing high behind Micaden Clines
When it comes to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers, one word comes to mind – domination.
It’s easy to look at the Rangers record and marvel at it; after all, allowing just 26 points all season the year after winning the state championship is in fact impressive. But what’s more impressive is the way the Rangers keep reloading.
“We establish the culture,” said head coach Daniel Zubich. “We’ve had some young teams and we’ve had some experience. Last year we had Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. So when the seniors graduated, we thought we could still maintain the same quality season with the Juniors and Seniors that we have this year.”
The confidence in reloading is of course warranted, but having a Quarterback like Micaden Clines doesn’t hurt either.
Clines is currently tied for 5th most touchdowns in the entire state, and is 16th in yards.
It’s not easy to be a great athlete, but it’s even harder to remain humble during it all.
“We always got to stay humble because there’s always a better, bigger, team out there that we gotta match our skill level to.”
Where that bigger and better team is remains to be seen. However, there’s been criticism of Northland teams, but coach Zubich doesn’t want to hear it.
“There’s a lot of talk that the southern teams are so much better than the northern teams. Well I was looking at the standings in the top three in the coach’s poll, they were all northern teams and might even be in the top four.”
Time will tell if the Rangers make their way south to US Bank Stadium for the state championship game again.