“Bees” downed by Littlefork/Big Falls

The Muskie “Bees” lost their fifth straight game of the season last night, dropping a 34-12 road decision to Littlefork/Big Falls.
The Muskies played their best game of the season, said head coach Rob Tysz afterwards, as the black-and-gold actually led 12-8 in the first half as star running back Jock Gemmell scored a pair of touchdowns.
But Littlefork/Big Falls battled back to lead 24-12 at half-time and then dominated on the scoreboard in the second half, scoring 10 unanswered points.
“It was easily our best game of the season,” said Tysz. “Our offence scored a couple of touchdowns again and our defence stopped them and really made them grind it out for yardage.”
Last night’s loss was the second loss in just five days for the “Bees,” who were downed 54-12 to the Roseau Rams there last Thursday.
The Muskies led in this one as well as Gemmell scored a touchdown on a 50-yard run on the team’s opening drive (the two-point conversion was missed) to stake the black-and-gold out to an early 6-0 lead. After the Rams responded with a TD of their own on their first drive to lead 8-6, Gemmell broke away from another 50-yard scamper for a major and the Muskies regained their lead 12-8 (again the two-point conversion failed).
The Rams, however, broke the game open with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to lead 24-12 at half-time. They then scored 30 unanswered points in the second half to run away with the victory.
But it was the Muskies’ running game that was once again the strong suit of the black-and-gold as the combination of Gemmell and Steve Arpin, despite both being injured in the contest, were able to have success on the ground. In fact, both players combined to rush for over 200 yards, including about 150 yards by Gemmell alone, on the first two Muskie drives to bolster the Fort’s offensive attack.
Still, despite the fact the Muskies had trouble finding the endzone, what the club didn’t have doing was moving the ball. In fact, their running game dominated the Rams at times during the contest.