Playing their first game at Winnipeg Stadium, the Muskies beat the Sisler Spartans 26-17 to finish their inaugural season in the Winnipeg High School Football League in fourth place with a 4-3 record.
They now advance to the WHSFL quarter-finals this Friday at 4 p.m. at Winnipeg Stadium against the fifth-place Churchill Bulldogs, who lost 13-6 to St. Paul’s to wind up at 3-4.
The Muskies edged the Bulldogs 10-7 during the annual Homecoming game here Oct. 5 in their only meeting of the regular season.
Other “AA” quarterfinal action this weekend will see defending champion Oak Park (7-0) face Grant Park (1-6), St. Paul’s (6-1) meet River East (2-5), and Sisler (4-3) square off against Kelvin (2-5).
The winner of the Muskies-Bulldogs game will meet the winner of the Oak Park-Grant Park contest.
The Muskies beat Sisler, who had dumped the black-and-gold here Oct. 12, even though Adam McTavish, the team’s top wide receiver and kicker, sat out the game to nurse a sprained ankle, leaving Vern Pham to contribute offensively.
He and quarterback Andrew George teamed up for two big touchdown passes in the first and third quarter—the latter a 37-yard bomb immediately after a Sisler fumble to tie the game at 17-17.
“Vern hadn’t been healthy for a while,” said Muskie head coach Bob Swing. “We wanted to rest Adam and Vern made the big plays.”
Muskie running back Jock Gemmell added a short touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to break the tie. A Muskie safety rounded out scoring.
Swing said his team adapted well to their first time playing on stadium turf and used their team speed to throw the Spartans off their game.
Sisler held a 17-10 lead at halftime after two quick field goals late in the second quarter. Gemmell had added a field goal along with Pham’s first-quarter score.
Pham finished with three catches for 77 yards while George was nine for 15 for 116 yards. Gemmell had 14 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown, plus 95 yards in kickoff and punt returns.
Elsewhere in WHSFL action last weekend, Oak Park dumped Kelvin 41-10, River East beat St. John’s, 46-15, and Grant Park handed Kenora (5-1)—the ‘A’ conference leaders—their first loss of the season with a 26-15 win.
A Broncos’ win would have given them a berth into the ‘AA’ conference playoffs.