Muskie ‘D’ shines

Joey Payeur

Doing a proper evaluation of his troops in the middle of a downpour was not Chad Canfield’s ideal scenario.
The head coach of the Muskie football team watched his team slog through three pre-season scrimmages in Kenora yesterday, which took place in a steady rain throughout the day.
“The rain caused a lot of turnovers for all the teams,” noted Canfield.
“Our defence played really well and the special teams weren’t bad,” he added.
“Other than having guys missing out there because we haven’t practised much the changeover from offence or defence to special teams.”
The black-and-gold won their first scrimmage 1-0 over the host Kenora Broncos on a missed field goal for a single point.
The Muskies then fell 7-0 to the Dryden Eagles.
Fort High looked to have scored a touchdown on quarterback Ben Whitburn’s 40-yard scramble, but the play was nullified due to a holding penalty.
The ‘AA’-level Grant Park Raiders from Winnipeg then showed why they are a division ahead of their three ‘A’-level opponents in the WHSFL, concluding an unbeaten day with a 14-0 win over the Muskies.
Canfield lauded running back Dougie deBernardeaux for a solid showing on offence while defensive end Aaron McDowell, middle linebacker Tanner Gill-Roisin, and safety Braden Webb caught his eye on defence.
“Offence is going to be the spotlight in practice this coming week,” Canfield said in preparation for the Muskies’ WHSFL season-opener next Friday (Sept. 6) at 3 p.m. against the visiting St. John’s Tigers (not the Saint John’s-Ravenscourt Eagles as was reported in Wednesday’s Times).
“It’ll come down to drawing up plays to maximize the talent of the players we have out there,” he remarked.