They had a great season but a championship just wasn’t to be in the end.
The Muskie football team battled hard but ultimately fell just short in a 31-30 semi-final loss to the Elmwood Giants in WHSFL playoff action Thursday in Winnipeg.
After the top-ranked Giants had built a 15-0 lead after the first quarter, the fourth-seeded Muskies fought back when Riley Argue scored a pair of touchdowns in the second to trim it to 15-12.
But the Giants regrouped and led 24-12 at halftime.
Showing some resilience, Muskie wide receiver Carson Noga ran a touchdown early in the third quarter before Braden Bodnarchuk did the same to knot it at 24-24.
The Giants then forged ahead 31-24 on the next drive when they punched in another score from a few yards out (the extra point was good).
The black-and-gold did get another score when they rushed it over the goal line from a few yards out in the fourth quarter, but the two-point convert play was thwarted by the Giants’ defence to leave it at 31-30.
Elmwood stood tall from there to preserve the win.
The Giants now advance to the Currie Division (‘A’) final this Thursday against the second-ranked St. John’s Tigers, who earned an 11-7 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in their semi-final showdown.