Football champs again

With the Muskie football team as dominating as it’s been in NorWOSSA play all season, opposing teams had to keep their mistakes to a minimum in order to stay in the game.
Time and time again, the black-and-gold would quickly capitalize on a turnover or blocked punt to score a touchdown to turn the tide.
So when the Kenora Broncos conceded their second safety of the first half in last Friday’s NorWOSSA final here, electing to give the Muskies a 4-0 lead rather than punt into a strong wind from their end zone, you had a feeling something was going to happen.
And it did.
After a poor kickoff following the safety, the Muskies were handed excellent field position at the Kenora 48-yard line with just under two minutes before halftime.
But they would only need 12 seconds. Adam McTavish, pressed into action at quarterback with the loss of Gary Wager, calmly took the snap and handed the ball off to running back Scott Witherspoon.
Witherspoon did the rest, cutting left and then racing down the sideline for the game’s only major to make it 10-0 (the extra point was missed).
“Honestly, I didn’t think I’d make it through,” Witherspoon said afterwards of his touchdown run. “I saw nothing but purple jerseys.”
Witherspoon also had nothing but praise for McTavish.
“I thought [Adam] did a really good job [considering] two weeks ago was his first time at the position,”he remarked. “He caught on to the offence quickly.”
But the cold, blustery conditions got the better of the teams in the second half, which ended up scoreless. In fact, it got so bad in the final minutes that the ball was turned over on four consecutive series–including three in just a 13-second span–near midfield.
But each time Kenora got the ball back, they either coughed it up themselves or failed to muster any type of attack against the Muskie defence.
Save for Linden Penner, the Broncos had little success running the ball Friday–and even less success throwing it. Jeff Poperechny, for one, had a field day chasing down Kenora quarterback Dan Fedus in passing situations.
But the Muskies’ defensive prowess in the final was no surprise to those who followed the team all season. They surrendered just 41 points in six league games–a paltry average of 6.8 points per game.
They also created turnovers when the team needed them the most, and showed a knack of eliminating the other team’s running game early.
It was a main reason why the Muskies dominated NorWOSSA this season–outscoring their opponents 201-41 en route to a 7-0 record and the league championship.
Simply put, they were that good.