Bulldogs put bite on Muskies

Lousy weather and an ill-timed turnover left the Muskie ‘A’ football team unable to break into the win column for another week.
A valiant defensive effort by the black-and-gold went unrewarded by their still-struggling offence as the Muskies (0-3) fell 12-2 to the Churchill Bulldogs in Winnipeg High School Football League action there Saturday afternoon.
“The defence played a fantastic game,” said assistant coach Greg Allan, who ran the team in the absence of head coach Bob Swing, who missed the game to stay home with his expectant wife.
“On offence, we had some very positive plays. But we couldn’t get any consistency, and couldn’t get any good drives going,” he noted.
With a 40 km/h wind spraying the field with rain and sleet most of the game, the Muskies gave up only two field goals to trail 6-0 late in the second quarter.
The decisive play came with Fort Frances facing a second-and-two at their own 35-yard line just before half-time. A swing pass by quarterback Andrew George hit the turf, and was promptly scooped up by a Bulldog defender and returned for a touchdown.
The throw was ruled a lateral rather than a forward pass and so the play stood for what would be the final points of the game for either side.
The Muskies begin a three-game homestand this Friday when they face the River East Collegiate Kodiaks starting at 3 p.m.