Muskies stay close, but still winless

The Muskie offence found its pulse here Friday afternoon but they couldn’t keep the beat down the stretch.
The black-and-gold scored two touchdowns for the first time this season, but that still wasn’t enough to snap their losing streak as the River East Kodiaks won 22-12 win in Winnipeg High School Football League action.
“Not enough plays,” summarized Muskie head coach Bob Swing afterwards. “There was a lot of positives out there and the offence is showing more continuity.
“But penalties and turnovers came back to bite us. It doesn’t matter what level of football you play—those two things will always hurt you,” he stressed.
The Muskies (0-4) fired up the home crowd early, opening the scoring for the first time all season when Kevin Gemmell hauled in quarterback Andrew George’s throw and raced 91 yards to the end zone late in the first quarter.
Kyle McTavish missed the convert attempt, leaving the score 6-0.
River East struck back before the end of the quarter as pivot Ian Bowle found Jamie Moses with a seven-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-6.
Bowle then hooked up with Moses again from nine yards out just before halftime to boost the Kodiaks’ lead to 14-6.
Cam Sheppard hit a 16-yard field goal, then missed from 46 yards out for a single point, for the only scoring of the third quarter.
The Muskies responded with a five-yard touchdown run by Chris Edwards to cut the lead to 18-12 after a missed two-point conversion attempt.
But despite its defence providing interceptions by Jason Kellar and McTavish on consecutive series, the Muskies couldn’t convert the turnovers into points.
Sheppard made and then missed back-to-back 23-yard field goals—the second going for a single point—to cap the scoring.
The Kenora Broncos come to town this Friday afternoon for the annual homecoming game. Kick-off time still wasn’t confirmed by press time Monday.

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