Muskies sting Hornets

Joey Payeur

They weren’t perfect but the Muskie football team met its goal of a first-week victory perfectly.
The black-and-gold churned out 266 yards on the ground, and Kenton Bowles made a game-saving fumble recovery in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, to help Fort High pull out a 20-18 win over the Tec Voc Hornets in WHSFL action here Friday afternoon.
In front of a thrilled home crowd watching from the school’s newly-constructed bleachers, the Muskies (1-0) fought back from a 12-1 second-quarter deficit to send the Hornets (0-2) home in a bad mood.
“Getting down 12-1, the Muskie teams over the last few years don’t battle back from that but this group did,” lauded head coach Mike Cuzzolino.
“That’s the type of championship stuff that winning teams are built on.”
Muskie quarterback Brandon Whitecrow completed only three out of 10 passes for 106 yards.
But he made two of them count on touchdown tosses of 30 yards to Doug deBernardeaux in the second quarter and 35 yards to Cole Kowalski on the first drive of the third quarter.
The fast-moving trio of running backs Sekina Scheibler (20 carries for 141 yards) and deBernardeaux (six for 60), along with Kowalski (three for 25) doing damage from his slot receiver position, had the Hornets back on their heels the whole game.
Tec Voc was done in by turnovers in the end—the first coming when it had pulled within two points on its third rushing major of the game.
The Hornets went for the two-point conversion and the tie, but Matt Booth came up with an interception in the end zone to keep the Muskies ahead.
Tec Voc then recovered a Muskie fumble with less than two minutes to go and were driving for the winning field goal.
But with the Hornets on the Muskie 20-yard line, Bowles knocked the ball loose and recovered it with 37 seconds left to seal the deal.
“This first win is a huge confidence boost for us,” stressed Cuzzolino.
“The guys had to believe that all the hard work they were putting in was for something and now they do,” he noted.
The Muskies, who had an opening week bye, will face a showdown for top spot in the Currie Division (‘A’) against the host College Lorette Collegiate Scorpions on Thursday.
Their next home game is set for Friday, Oct. 2 against the Daniel McIntyre Maroons.
It also is the Muskies’ annual Homecoming clash and so will feature a special start time of 1 p.m.