Tomorrow’s football game against the visiting Maples Marauders will show if the Muskies are lovers of the kind of drama soap operas garner.
If they win, they essentially are ensured a playoff spot at 2-3. But if they lose and fall to 1-4 on the season, that’s when things get really interesting.
“We’re the masters of our own destiny,” Muskie offensive co-ordinator Shane Beckett said after last Friday’s 11-0 Homecoming win over the Dryden Eagles.
Kick-off tomorrow is slated for 4 p.m. at Muskie Field.
The black-and-gold currently are tied with two other teams in the 11-team Andy Currie Division of the Winnipeg High School Football League (two teams remain winless).
But as of right now, they would be the odd team out for the eight-team playoffs because they lost to the Sturgeon Creek Schooners earlier this season while Tec Voc sports better numbers in the points for and against categories.
Tomorrow, the Schooners, coached by former Muskie standout Brett Watt, play the 2-2 River East Kodiaks, who play in the tougher Kas Vidruk Division (formerly known as the ‘AA’ conference).
Then they’re next two games are against the Churchill Bulldogs (2-2) and Kenora Broncos (3-1).
Tec Voc, meanwhile, face the 0-4 Eagles tomorrow before hosting the Muskies the following Friday (Oct. 14) in Winnipeg.
“There was an absolutely huge amount of pressure to win [the Homecoming] game in order to make the playoffs—there’s no doubt on that,” Muskie head coach Bob Swing had noted last week.
“The teams we need to beat to get into the playoffs are the teams we have to play, so that’s always important to be able to control your own destiny,” he added.
The Muskies almost certainly have to win either tomorrow’s game here against Maples or next week’s against Tec Voc to have any kind of chance to make the playoffs.
That’s because their final regular-season game (Oct. 21) is against the 3-1 Oak Park Raiders of the Kas Vidruk Division.
“We’re starting to look ahead,” said defensive co-ordinator Lou Gauthier. “And now we’ve got hope.”
In other Muskie news, the four court teams were supposed to host Dryden today but weather conditions up there prevented the Eagles from making the trip down Highway 502.