The Muskie football team wrapped up its regular season Friday in Winnipeg with a 48-0 shellacking at the hands of the undefeated Sturgeon Heights Huskies.
The black-and-gold achieved a minor victory by holding the powerhouse Huskies scoreless on their first three possessions, but they couldn’t maintain the momentum on offence and succumbed to a formidable running back duo, including Kas Vidruk division-leading rusher Kienan LaFrance.
“The boys never quit, they played right from the get-go,” Muskie head coach Vince Gouin said. “They had two really strong running backs, probably two of the best we’ve faced all year.
“Big, strong, and fast, and would just run guys over,” he added.
The result was expected against the powerhouse Huskies, especially with several key Muskies still
Lineman Tyler Romyn has not been cleared to play yet while receiver Blake Wepruk will have his knee injury re-assessed this week. The worst news is that fullback Tyler Abma is officially done for the year.
“He’s aching to come out and play but for him, personally, it’s much better in the long run,” Gouin noted. “The doctor said the finger break is fine, but he was afraid because he hasn’t used the wrist for a while that he said it’s vulnerable to breaking.”
The Muskies, who finished with a 2-5 record, now will face Garden City (5-2) in the opening round of the WHSFL playoffs this Friday (Oct. 24) at 3 p.m. in Winnipeg. The Muskies lost to the Gophers back on Week 1 by a 30-21 score.
“If we play a mistake-free game, we can easily beat this team,” Gouin said of the Gophers.
“If we get a few guys back from injuries and play up to our calibre, smart football, we will be in the contest, for sure,” he pledged.