Muskies win season-opener

The Muskies made their first Winnipeg High School Football League game a memorable one, edging the Kelvin Clippers 10-7 in cool, wet conditions here Friday afternoon.
After thwarting Kelvin’s offence for much of the second half, Muskie Kevin Gemmell iced the victory by intercepting Clipper quarterback Luke Kennerd’s first-down pass with 53 seconds to go.
Adam McTavish scored all of Fort High’s points, including a pretty 79-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter from quarterback Andrew George.
McTavish booted the extra point, and also kicked three singles, including one on the opening kick-off of the second half which proved to be the only scoring after halftime.
McTavish had another touchdown called back in the fourth quarter due to an offensive holding penalty. Overall, the OAC student had two receptions for 85 yards and three carries for 23 yards.
Clippers’ running back Renato Silva galloped 75 yards run minutes after McTavish’s touchdown in the second quarter to make it 9-7 at the half.
“We played pretty well,” said Muskie ‘A’ head coach Bob Swing. “It was just a matter of field conditions, which were tough for our offence.”
The steady rain late in the second quarter and throughout the second half forced the Muskies to use their ground attack. Jock Gemmell responded by running for 102 yards on 20 carries.
The Muskies next travel to Winnipeg this Friday to meet the Oak Park Raiders, the defending WHSFL champions. They’ll make two more Friday trips to Winnipeg before their next home game Oct. 5, when they face the Churchill Bulldogs in the annual Homecoming game.
In related news, the Muskie ‘B’ squad dropped to 0-2 after losing 49-12 in Warroad last Thursday.