Muskies lose in tough battle

Last Friday afternoon, the Muskies took to the gridiron to battle Winnipeg’s Oak Park Raiders at Canad Inns Stadium—home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The black-and-gold may have been on the short end of a 34-14 final score, but the game left their coaches hopeful for the future success of the team.
Offensive coach Shane Beckett pronounced himself well-pleased with what his players achieved on the field.
“Oak Park Raiders have probably the best defence in the league and they’re ranked second,” he noted. “Their defence was tight against us.”
Beckett also noted the Raiders only have had 30 points scored against them all season, so the 14 managed by the Muskies on Friday was quite an achievement.
“Compared to their performance against other divisional opponents, we played strongly,” he remarked.
Terry Carmody and Ryan Gustafson scored the Muskie touchdowns.
Beckett also praised the performance of the Muskie defence, which is gaining a reputation around the Winnipeg High School Football League for its toughness.
He singled out Allen Hunsperger and Matt DePeiro for special praise. Both “played well” in his estimation.
Hunsperger, for instance, had eight tackles and one sack on Friday while DePiero was credited with 4.5 tackles, in addition to an interception and a fumble recovery.
The coaching staff has confidence the Muskies will continue to improve. Beckett pointed to the youth of the team.
“We have a Grade 9 quarterback, a Grade 11 running back, and Grade 9 students in [other] key positions. With the experience gained this year, we’re only going to get better in the future,” he vowed.
The Muskies wound up in 10th place in the 11-team Andy Currie Division with a 1-4-1 record for three points. Only the top eight teams qualified for the playoffs.
Still, the black-and-gold will close out their season this Friday (Oct. 28) at 4 p.m. against the Churchilll Bulldogs (2) in the ninth-place vs. 10th-place game at Canad Inns Stadium.