Last home game salvaged for Muskies

It will be home sweet home after all for the Muskie ‘A’ football team Friday afternoon.
With the game against the visiting Grant Park Pirates in jeopardy earlier this week because of a shortage of qualified officials, Fort High athletic director Darren Johnson confirmed Thursday morning that tomorrow’s 3 p.m. kickoff will go place as planned at Muskie Field.
“Everything is a go,” said Johnson. “We’ve got four of our regular officiating crew, and [Rainy River District School Board superintendent] Terry Ellwood will be in coming in to help, as well,” said Johnson.
“We’ve also got another person who’s visiting town for the weekend who can serve as a back-up referee, if need be,” he added.
Winnipeg High School Football League regulations state at least four certified officials are needed at each of its games, with six officials constituting a full crew.
Meanwhile, creative rescheduling also will ensure proper officials will be in place for Thursday’s Muskie ‘B’ football game here against the Warroad Warriors, slated for 4:30 p.m.
In other news, the start of the Muskie senior girls’ and junior boys’ volleyball games Thursday were moved ahead an hour (to 2:30 from 3:30 p.m.), with the junior girls and senior boys to follow around 4 p.m.
The early start time will allow Rick Wiedenhoeft, a certified football official who also referees Muskie court sports, to work one of the early games and then head outside to call the football game.