Muskies fall short


What a difference a year makes.
The Maples Marauders avenged a beating at the hands of the Muskies last season with a 28-7 victory Friday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.
With the loss, Fort High (2-3) was eliminated from contention for playing in the playoff tournament featuring the top four teams in the Currie Division (‘A’) and the bottom four in the Vidruk Division (‘AA’).
Instead, the Muskies will try to finish the regular season on a high note this Friday against the host St. Norbert Celtics (1-5).
A victory would nail down at least one home playoff game for the Muskies as part of the post-season tourney involving the bottom seven teams in the Currie Division.
Head coach Mike Cuzzolino didn’t have to think too hard about what led to the Marauders to controlling the Muskies a year after Fort High routed Maples 44-0.
“Bad practice habits; not taking it seriously enough directly led to this,” he said.
The Muskies trailed 14-0 at halftime on a pair of long scoring throws, then were down 21-0 in the fourth quarter after the Marauders scored on a short run.
On the ensuing kick-off, Doug deBernardeaux scampered 110 yards for a touchdown to give the Muskies some life.
They got more right when Cole Kowalski recovered Cam Lidkea’s subsequent onside kick-off.
But the drive ended in heartbreak when quarterback Brandon Whitecrow was picked off in the end zone, with the ball being returned to the Muskies’ four-yard line.
The Marauders threw a short touchdown pass on the next play to round out the scoring.