Costly turnovers and poor special teams play spelled doom for the Muskie football team Friday in a 28-16 road defeat to Winnipeg’s Tec Voc Hornets.
The Muskies jumped out to an early lead on a quarterback sneak by Dan Brunetta, but Tim Peebles of the Hornets then returned a missed field goal all the way back for a score on what had been a promising Muskie drive—before duplicating the feat on a later punt return to give Tec Voc a ton of momentum on home turf.
“We practice our punt returns a lot, but for some reason in this game, they went straight to the ball instead of covering their lane,” Muskie head coach Vince Gouin said of the special team’s miscues that cost them 14 points.
Tec Voc quarterback Jason Kelly showed his mobility on a later drive, juking a number of Muskie defenders who appeared to have him in the trolly tracks before eluding them and jogging in for a 21-7 Hornets’ lead at halftime.
Each team added a touchdown in the second half, but both defences limited the big play ability of the opposing quarterbacks and kept much of the play out of the red zones.
Gouin had noted Kelly’s mobility allowed him to rack up big yardage through the Hornets’ first four games—but the Muskies really shut down that element of his game despite the loss.
“We really tied them up, the only time they scored was on a short field and they didn’t drive down the field on us once,” Gouin lauded. “We moved the ball, but we’re still having a hard time finishing those drives off.”
The Muskies, who dropped to 2-3 on the WHSFL season, next host the St. Paul’s Crusaders (4-1) this Friday (Oct. 10) at 3 p.m.