Muskies lose season-opener

The Muskie varsity football team wasn’t able to pull out a victory in their season-opener Friday against the Churchill Bulldogs in Winnipeg.
The Bulldogs—one of the better teams in the Winnipeg High School Football League’s ‘AA’ conference—blanked the black-and-gold 30-0 in a game the Muskies knew would be a tough litmus test for their season ahead after two winless ones.
“What Churchill does is execute everything to perfection and what we have to do is match them. If we can match their execution, I think we’ll be there in the end,” Muskie head coach Bob Swing had said after their 18-0 exhibition win over the Sturgeon Creek Schooners here Sept. 2.
After enjoying much success in the 1990s in the old NorWOSSA circuit, the black-and-gold posted a 4-4 mark in their inaugural season in the WHSFL in 2001.
But they have stumbled the past two seasons—and are looking to change that this year.
“All in all, we’re certainly on the right track, so we’re not going to change much of what we’ve been doing,” long-time Muskie coach Greg Allan said after the victory over Sturgeon Creek.
“We’re going to make mistakes, we know that, but we have to make adjustments as soon as it happens,” Allan added.
The Muskies will play their home-opener this Friday (Sept. 17) against the Grant Park Pirates, who sported a 4-2-1 regular-season record a year ago. Kick-off is at 4 p.m.
The Pirates also stumbled in their season-opener on Friday, losing 18-16 to the River East Kodiaks.
“We have to find out where do we fit,” Swing had said earlier during training camp. “Do we fit with those upper teams [‘AA’], or do we fit with those lower teams [‘A’] because of numbers.”
The Muskies’ former NorWOSSA rivals—the Kenora Broncos and Dryden Eagles—both play in the ‘A’ conference, which is considered the weaker of the two.
“We’ve been to the low end of the spectrum and now we should start climbing back up,” Swing remarked.