Leaving points off of the board wasn’t an issue for the Muskie football team this time around.
The fourth-ranked Muskies scored six touchdowns as they routed the fifth-ranked Maples Marauders 39-0 in their WHSFL quarter-final showdown Thursday afternoon at Fort High.
After being intercepted early in the first quarter, Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks redeemed himself by opening the scoring on the final play of the frame when he punched it across the goal line from a few yards out to make it 7-0 (the extra point was good).
The Marauders then fumbled on their first possession of the second quarter and the Muskies recover it.
Fort High made Maples pay for the mistake a few plays later when Meeks connected with wide receiver Carson Noga, who rambled to paydirt to push it to 13-0 (the two-point convert play was picked off).
Meeks then called his own number later in the quarter and punched another score in to make it 20-0 for the Muskies at halftime (the extra point was good).
On third down and two yards out in the third quarter, the Muskies made good again with another score to stake themselves to a commanding 26-0 lead (the extra point was blocked).
One of the biggest highlights of the game came in the fourth quarter when Brett Allan intercepted Maples’ quarterback Harper Brown and ran it the other way for a “pick six” to push it to 33-0 (the extra point was good).
After another Marauders’ fumble was recovered by the Muskies, Meeks connected with Noga once again, who rambled into the end zone to cap the scoring (the extra point was missed).
The Muskies now will face the top-ranked Elmwood Giants in a semi-final showdown this Thursday at 5 p.m. in Winnipeg.
The second-ranked St. John’s Tigers then will host the third-seeded Churchill Bulldogs in the other semi-final at 7:30 p.m.