Muskies set for Homecoming game

The Muskies will be gunning for their first win of the Winnipeg High School Football League season tomorrow when they host the 0-3 Dryden Eagles in the annual Homecoming game.
Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Blake Wepruk, the black-and-gold’s 14-year-old quarterback, guaranteed a Muskie victory after last Friday’s 19-4 loss to the Kenora Broncos there.
“We’re going to win,” Wepruk vowed, sounding like Joe Namath, who had predicted victory for his N.Y. Jets over the heavily-favoured Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969 and came through.
What’s comical is that Wepruk doesn’t even know who Namath is, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is Wepruk might also cash in on his prediction if the Muskies are able to play Dryden like they did the Broncos.
That may sound illogical—after all, they lost to the Broncos so why would they want to play the same? But there are other numbers to look at than simply the score.
Wepruk, in his first start of the season (he and Steve Boileau had traded offensive series in the first two games), threw for 104 yards and led an offence that started moving the ball—something they did not do in losses to the Miles Mac Buckeyes (50-7) and Sturgeon Creek Schooners (6-0).
“I was a little nervous off the start, but after a while I got used to things,” said Wepruk.
Terry Carmody had another good game on the ground, garnering 129 yards on 18 carries.
And what helped give the tailback his first 100-yard game of the season was having fullback Alex Wepruk throwing blocks for him. It was the first time Wepruk, Blake’s older brother, has started at that position.
“I love it because I get a running head start at the guys. And I like blocking for Terry because I know that I can open up holes for him,” Wepruk remarked.
Carmody’s totals almost have become expected, but it was the strides made by the passing attack—led by Mike Sande’s 45 yards on three catches—that softened the hurt felt by the loss.
“We’re starting to make an identity for ourselves, and that’s something we didn’t have before,” noted Muskie offensive co-ordinator Shane Beckett.
The Muskies now know they can move the ball, so the next step is to get the ball into the end zone.
They are the second-worst point producers in the Andy Currie Division (formerly known as the ‘A’ conference) with just 11 points in three games.
The Eagles, meanwhile, come in having scored 24 points in their first three games though allowing 56.
Meanwhile, the Muskie coaching staff hopes people in the community come out to tomorrow’s game and show their support for the 35-player squad.
“Do not gauge this team by its record,” said head coach Bob Swing. “These kids are champions. They work their buns off and they deserve to have people out and support them.”
“I would love to see lots of people there,” echoed linemen coach Tony Geense. “These guys are that close. They need that encouragement so they know that people are behind them.”

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