The Kenora Broncos found out they weren’t as good as they maybe thought they were last season playing in a higher division.
The Muskies discovered Friday that the Broncos are still pretty good.
Kenora used two late first-half touchdowns to break open a close game en route to a 45-16 win in WHSFL action here Friday afternoon.
“It’s the same mistakes again,” lamented Muskie head coach Mike Cuzzolino, whose team fell to 2-2 and into a tie for sixth place with the Neelin Spartans (2-3) in the Andy Currie Division (‘A’).
The Broncos, meanwhile, remained in a three-way tie for first at 4-1 with the Dryden Eagles and College Lorette Collegiate Scorpions.
“We had bad tackling and guys not doing their assignments, or the little things we worked on all week,” he noted.
The Broncos were crushed playing in the ‘AA’ Vidruk Division last season—going winless as they tried to adjust to a higher calibre of play.
But they were the ones wielding the hammer against the Muskies on Friday, responding to every field goal by Cam Lidkea (20, 20, and 35 yards) with touchdowns.
With Kenora leading 14-9 with less than three minutes left in the first half, the Broncos ripped through the Muskie defence on its first play of a drive for a lengthy touchdown run.
Then they quickly followed with another to make it 28-9 at the break.
Kenora tacked on one more in the third quarter, then added a 25-yard touchdown scamper by Eric Melillo and a 35-yard field goal by Connor McCardle in the fourth.
The Muskie faithful were rewarded for their patience on a somewhat chilly fall afternoon when running back Sekina Scheibler tore through the Broncos’ defence for a 63-yard touchdown run, with Lidkea’s convert capping the scoring.
Scheibler finished with 14 carries for 166 yards on a day when quarterback Brandon Whitecrow, who tossed three interceptions, and his receiving corps did not have their best outing.
Fort High now faces a pair of crucial road games to close out the regular season—starting with this Friday’s showdown against the Maples Marauders (1-3) at Investors Group Field—home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Muskies are striving to finish in the top four in the Currie Division to earn a spot in the more challenging playoff round, which will feature that quartet and the bottom four teams in the Vidruk Division squaring off for the WHSFL ‘A’/’AA’ championship.
The bottom seven teams in the Currie will clash to decide the ‘A’ winner.
“[Maples] is not going to make it easy for us,” Cuzzolino warned about the 1-3 Marauders, who handed the St. John’s Tigers (3-1) their only loss of the season so far.
“Not like last year.”
The Muskies then will finish the regular schedule against the St. Norbert Celtics (1-3) in Winnipeg.