The Muskies’ first season in the Winnipeg High School Football League ended in the quarter-finals Friday, falling to the Churchill Bulldogs 21-14 at Canad Inns Stadium.
Down 7-0 at the half, the Muskies (4-4) battled back to take the lead 14-7 early in the third quarter after running back Jock Gemmell scored twice—once on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Andrew George and again on a short hitch pass from five yards out.
But the Bulldogs responded with two clutch scoring drives in the fourth quarter to retake the lead with under eight minutes to go. The winning touchdown came after a fake punt on third down—capped off by a short sweep into the end zone.
Muskie head coach Bob Swing said Churchill made the big plays when they had to but his team put in the effort.
“It was a well-played game. Everyone was happy. It was exactly what we wanted,” he said.
Muskie Adam McTavish scored the would-be tying score on a 60-yard touchdown that was called back on a “roughing the kicker” infraction.
An 80-yard pass play by the Muskies to the Churchill two-yard line also was negated by a penalty.
“It was close. We were right there until the last series of plays,” said McTavish, who played his last game in a six-year Muskie career. “In the end, the little mistakes caught up with us.”
The Bulldogs now move on to the semi-finals against defending champion Oak Park, who beat Grant Park, 29-2.
The other semi-final bracket will feature Kelvin, who upset Sisler 7-6, squaring off against St. Paul’s after their 44-17 triumph over River East.
Former NorWOSSA opponents Kenora and Dryden moved on in the ‘A’ conference with weekend victories in their respective quarter-final games.