On a frigid Autumn afternoon, the Muskie football team was left frozen in their annual Homecoming game.
The St. John’s Tigers came to town and rode away with a valuable two points in the standings after a 21-13 victory in WHSFL action at Fort High.
The loss also snapped a four-game winning streak for the black-and-gold.
Fort High (4-2) currently sits in a three-way tie for first place with the Tigers (4-1) and Elmwood Giants (4-1) in the seven-team Currie Division (‘A’) but now must wait to see its fate as the Muskies have the bye in the final week of the regular season.
The Tigers opened the scoring Friday when quarterback Myles Kakewash connected with his receiver to put the visitors up 7-0 (the extra point was good).
But the Muskies showed great resilience on their next drive as quarterback Brady Meeks completed a pass to receiver Carson Noga, who then rambled 85 yards for the touchdown.
Noga didn’t have a chance to breath as he then was money on the extra point chance to knot the score at 7-7.
After a scoreless second and third quarter, the black-and-gold took their first lead in the fourth when Meeks connected with running back Brett Allan, who dashed into end zone to put his squad up 13-7 (the extra point was botched).
That miss proved costly as St. John’s scored to forge ahead 14-13 on their next drive (the extra point was good).
With time dwindling down in regulation, some poor coverage on a kick-off resulted in the Tigers capitalizing on a lengthy scoring run to push it to 21-13 (the extra point was good).
The Muskies had a great chance to attempt to tie it with under two minutes left but Meeks was picked off in the red zone by the Tigers’ defence to preserve their fourth win of the season.
Meeks finished the game going six-of-14 for 127 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
He also picked up 54 yards on seven carries.
Allan had eight carries for 36 yards and a touchdown while Brady Bodnarchuk had five carries for 26 yards.
Sheldon Kelly added 35 yards on five carries.
On defence, Colten Allen led the way with nine tackles while Kaden Kocuiba had a big day with three tackles and three sacks.
Wyatt Richards had three tackles while also recording two sacks, with Brett Allan recorded four tackles.
The Muskies’ playoff schedule will be announced after the regular season wraps up.