Muskies secure home-field advantage

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

Weather didn’t dampen school spirit at Fort Frances High School’s annual homecoming game. Lots of students were out to watch as the Muskies knocked off the Beaver Brae Broncos 22-6.

Everyone was showing school spirit at the game sporting bright yellow slickers. The waterproof jackets and pants came in handy as the weather was less than ideal for a football game.

The cold, damp weather didn’t cool down the Muskies however. They started early with a 42-yard touchdown run from first year running back Ben Huziak.

The Broncos didn’t have much luck on offense as the Muskies defense put in a solid game, including blocking a punt.

The Muskies went up 12-0 on a 60-yard TD run by senior running back Darius Brenna.

When starting quarterback Gabe Hyatt went out in the fourth quarter with an injury, sophomore quarterback Parker Booth came in and capped off a long touchdown drive with a 1-yard push into the endzone.

Additional scoring came by way of a safety and a punt single conceded by Beaver Brae.

After the game head coach Louie Gauthier said he was happy with the win.

“I’m relieved, relieved that the team showed up,” Gauthier said. “I’m also relieved because now we don’t have a road trip, we have a home game.”

With the win, the Muskies clinched home-field advantage for the semifinal game against the Broncos on Oct. 29. with the winner going on to play Dryden in the NWOSSA AA football championship on Nov. 5 in Dryden.

Gauthier says the team will use the bye week to practice and prepare for the semis.

“It’s going to help us prepare,” Gauthier said. “We’ll perfect what we have and add a few little plays.”

Gauthier expects the strategy for the semifinal to be similar against the Broncos next week, but once they see video of the game against Dryden they will adjust accordingly.