Muskies clinch higher seeding

Lucas Punkari

Momentum clearly is on the side of the Muskie football team heading into the WHSFL playoffs next week.
The black-and-gold nabbed their second-straight win with a 7-0 victory over the St. John’s Tigers yesterday in Winnipeg, which clinched fifth place in the Currie Division standings with a 3-4 record during the regular season.
“It’s fantastic to have a winning streak to finish off the year,” Muskie head coach Chad Canfield enthused.
“I don’t know how long it’s been for Muskie football since we’ve had a two-game win streak, but it has definitely been a while.
“We’re really happy that we can do that, and three wins on the season is also great as that puts us in a nice place in the standings,” he added.
A three-yard touchdown run by Harley Mainville in the third quarter was all the offence the Muskies needed, although Canfield stressed the final score didn’t really indicate what either side was able to accomplish.
“Both teams actually moved the ball really well, but they would just stall out whenever they would get really close to the end zone,” he noted.
“Colton Craig and Harley Mainville were swapping in and out at running back, and they were both able to run the ball really well and also gained a lot of yards per carry.
“The defence played excellent again for us, as they always do, and both Rob Payne and Braden Webb were able to get some big interceptions for us,” Canfield lauded.
The Muskies now will prepare for a quarter-final showdown next Thursday (Oct. 27) in Winnipeg against the fourth-place St. Norbert Celtics, in what will be a rematch of the season-opening game here Sept. 8 which the Celtics won 36-0.
“I wasn’t here for that contest in person [due to work commitments] but [assistant coach] Shane Beckett had informed me that from an offensive perspective, we were not really prepared for that game,” Canfield admitted.
“We are hoping, though, to be more competitive with them this time around, and we think that this will be a winnable game for us,” he remarked.
The opening kick-off at East Side Field has yet to be finalized, but Canfield believes it will be at either 3 or 4 p.m.