Raiders roll over Muskies in opener

The Oak Park Raiders looked every part the three-time defending Winnipeg High School Football League champions as they blanked the host Muskies 42-0 in Friday’s regular-season opener.
“If we can’t execute basic stuff, we’re going to get drilled,” Muskie head coach Bob Swing said after the blowout.
“It was International Falls [who beat Fort Frances 40-0 in their annual exhibition game Aug. 30] all over again,” he noted. “We had guys in the right spots, the scheme was set up right, [but] we didn’t make plays.”
A bulk of the damage was inflicted by the Raiders’ tandem of running back Astaire Cummings and surehanded offensive lineman Matt Scharer.
Cummings tore up the Muskie defence on the ground, breaking loose for a 70-yard touchdown gallop on Oak Park’s second offensive play of the game.
After quarterback Jeremiah Robinson raced in from 15 yards out to make it 14-0, Scharer eluded the Muskie secondary on a tackle eligible play and made a 10-yard touchdown catch to complete the Raiders’ first-quarter assault.
Robinson hit running back Tom Miller with a seven-yard scoring pass to increase the lead to 28-0 at halftime.
The Raiders pivot went back to the well in the third quarter, hooking up with Scharer again for a 17-yard major. Then running back Preston Drinnan powered in from two yards in the final quarter to round out the scoring.
The Muskie offence provided no relief for its defence, making only four first downs in the opening half and struggling mightily for the second-straight week.
“These are things we’ve been working on for a month now,” said Swing. “We’ll get it figured out. These are good guys. They’ll get it right.”
The Muskies (0-1) hit the road to Winnipeg this Friday to square off against St. Paul’s (0-1).