Muskie football schedule released

Lucas Punkari

With the release of the 2013 WHSFL schedule yesterday, Muskie football head coach Chad Canfield now has a better idea of what lies ahead if his team hopes to come out on top in the 11-team Andy Currie ‘A’ Division this fall. replica watches released.
“This really gives us more of a layout and a framework of where we are going to be, and what kind of challenges that we are going to be facing during the upcoming year,” he explained.
“It’s really nice, though, that we are going to be having our first three games at home to start off the season,” Canfield added.
“And we are also going to be playing both Dryden and Kenora this year.
“That is something that hasn’t happened in at least 10 years, so it will be nice to have those Northwestern Ontario rivalries back going again,” he remarked.
After finishing last season with a 3-4 record in the regular season before losing to the eventual Currie Division champion Steinbach Sabres in the opening round of the playoffs, the Muskies will look to start off on the right note on Friday, Sept. 6 when they host the St. John’s Tigers.
The black-and-gold will return to their home field Friday, Sept. 13 for a tilt with the Daniel McIntyre Maroons before concluded their homestand Friday, Sept. 20 against the St. Norbert Collegiate Celtics.
All three games are slated to kick-off at 3 p.m.
“Having those first three games at home is going to be pretty beneficial for us,” Canfield stressed.
“You don’t have all of the travel details to worry about for the first few games, and that first game is always a bit hectic anyways,” he noted.
The only new team the Muskies will face in their seven-game slate will be the College Lorette Collegiate Scorpions, who they’ll go up against there on Friday, Sept. 26.
“We don’t know much about them right now,” Canfield said.
“But at least we will face them in Week 4, so we will have some decent film on them and be able to know what they do,” he reasoned.
“I wouldn’t want to face them in Week 1, that’s for sure, as you never what you are going to get.”
That game against the Scorpions will mark the start of a daunting nine-day stretch for the black-and-gold, who will host the Dryden Eagles on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. before heading on the road three days later to take on the Kenora Broncos.
“That’s just a result of the wonky byes that come with this league,” Canfield explained.
“Our bye week comes right after that during Thanksgiving weekend, so we will probably do some unpadded practices following those games as I’m sure we will be pretty banged up following those three games,” he admitted.
The Muskies then will conclude their regular-season schedule on the road against the Elmwood Giants on Thursday, Oct. 17, when they hope their record will be good enough to earn one of the eight playoff berths.
“After our spring camp and seeing the schedule that we have, I think we are going to have a strong year and I’m looking forward to it,” Canfield enthused.
“We would like to go deep into the playoffs this year, as we would like to do every year, but I think we’ve got high aspirations for this year,” he added.
Next up for the Muskies will be their main training camp, which tentatively is set to start Tuesday, Aug. 20 and which will include a special slate of exhibition scrimmages in Kenora on Thursday, Aug. 29.
“We’re going to playing Kenora, Dryden, and Grant Park in 20-minute games against each team,” Canfield explained.
“We will have full special teams going, as well, so it will be just like playing a half of football,” he noted.