The Muskie football team has been a well-oiled machine this season and rolled to their fourth-straight win Thursday afternoon with a 17-7 victory over the Maples Marauders in WHSFL action at Fort High.
After a scoreless first half in which both quarterbacks threw interceptions, the Muskies (4-1) opened the scoring in the third quarter when Brady Meeks connected with wide receiver Riley Argue, who then ran it into the end zone to make it 7-0 (the extra point was good).
Muskie kicker Carson Noga made it 10-0 with just over six minutes to go in the fourth quarter with an almost 30-yard field goal.
Meeks then found Argue on another touchdown strike to stake the black-and-gold to a commanding 17-0 lead.
The Marauders (1-3) fought back with a few minutes to go when quarterback Harper Brown called his own number and ran into the end zone to trim it to 17-7 (the extra point was good).
But that was as close as Maples would get as the Muskies’ defensive line stood tall yet again to preserve the victory.
Meeks finished the game going nine-for-20 for 167 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing two interceptions.
He also picked up 23 yards on three carries.
Argue finished with seven catches for 134 yards while punching in both Muskie touchdowns.
Jacob Argue had one catch for 18 yards while Ayden Gushulak had one for 15 yards.
On the ground, Brett Allan had a big day in recording 91 yards on 11 carries.
Sheldon Kelly had three carries for 16 yards while Cam Bowles picked up two yards on a single carry.
Defensively, Colten Allen led the black-and-gold with six tackles.
Kaden Kocuiba had five tackles, with Brett Allan registering four tackles while also recording an interception and a fumble recovery.
Riley Argue had four tackles along with an interception.
Jaykob Ryll, Wyatt Richards, Hunter Wagner, and Josh Gurley each had three tackles.
The Muskies will close out their regular-season schedule this Friday (Oct. 12) when they host the St. John’s Tigers (3-1) at 4 p.m. in what also will be Fort High’s annual Homecoming game.