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Scheibler relishes 'Senior Bowl' experience

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It was an experience he won't soon forget.

Star Muskie running back Sekina Scheibler scored a touchdown to help pace Team Steeves to a 17-8 victory over Team Henkewich at the WHSFL's annual “Senior Bowl” held Saturday at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

“It was very exciting being selected to play with the best players in the WHSFL,” said Scheibler.

“[Especially] coming from a smaller school like Fort Frances,” he added, noting he attended practices Wednesday through Friday prior to the game.

Team Steeves—named after the late Doug Steeves, a mentor and coach at all three Brandon-area high schools (Crocus Plains, Vincent Massey, and Neelin)—outscored Team Henkewich 11-2 after halftime by utilizing a diverse passing attack.

Team Henkewich—named after long-time WHSFL advocate and current league commissioner Rick Henkewich—took the initial lead with 2:23 to go in the first half after Oak Park/University of Saskatchewan commit Charlie Ringland called his own number.

The ensuing conversion attempt failed to make the score 6-0.

That's when Team Steeves' quarterback Liam Prendergast (Sturgeon Heights) and company started to get on a roll.

Demonstrating great clock management, the pivot was able to find dynamic Steinbach receiver Sheycoy Selent on multiple plays to get Team Steeves into scoring range.

Then with six seconds left in the half, he tossed a rocket into the bread-basket of Vincent Massey-Brandon's Sam Steeves, who fell to the two yard-line.

One play later, Scheibler was in the end zone and the game was tied after a failed two-point convert.

“My personal highlights were scoring one of two touchdowns for my team,” said Scheibler.

“Just proving that I can play with the best players and still perform at a high level kind of solidified my playing ability.”

Prendergast went right back to work on his unit's opening drive of the second half, thanks to an interception by Team Steeves' defensive MVP/St. Paul's product Bryce Marino.

Two passes into tight windows to St. Paul's receiver/Manitoba Bison commit Noah Dornn put his squad into field goal range and shortly after, Steinbach's Eric Adams cashed in as Team Steeves took a 9-6 lead they would not relinquish.

The rest of the game was filled with massive defensive stops as well as turnovers—five of which were forced by Team Steeves.

Despite getting stuffed offensively, Team Henkewich's defence also stood its ground, led by three players who will be taking their talents to other provinces in 2018 in Vincent Massey Winnipeg/McMaster commit Eryk Bujalski, Grant Park Pirate/U of S commit Chris Mushenza, and Garden City/Calgary Dinos' commit Tyrece Viner-Cox.

The only other major score of the game occurred with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter after a blocked punt set Team Steeves up at Team Henkewich's three-yard line.

Three plays later, St. Paul's running back Quinn Mulligan was in the end zone on a touchdown reception.

Scheibler, who is in Grade 12, currently still is pursuing playing another year at Fort High with the Muskie football team.

But after this year, he said he plans on playing university football.

“I have been on a few official visits and am currently deciding which university will be best for me,” he remarked.

What kind of benefit will playing in the “Senior Bowl” have on his career moving forward?

“It just proved to me that just 'A to 'AAA,' we still have really exceptional players at our school and I will be able to continue a successful career after high school,” Scheibler said.

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