Muskie ‘B’ co-coach Todd Calder said his team has improved by leaps and bounds over their short exhibition season yet they still find themselves winless after a 21-6 loss here Thursday to the Warroad Warriors.
“There’s been major improvement,” said Calder. “They see what they’re doing wrong and working hard.”
The Bees (0-4) will have a chance to end their season on a winning note when they visit Roseau on Tuesday.
Thursday’s game almost was cut short with five minutes left in the fourth quarter after Muskie running back Chris Edwards took a double hit as he took the ball up the middle.
He lay motionless for several minutes, according to sideline referee Ben Andrusco. Edwards was taken off the field in an ambulance as a precautionary measure.
“He said he had some soreness in his back,” said Calder. “He’ll be OK.”
Warroad’s Mark Thiele opened the scoring with a short touchdown run in the first quarter.
The Muskies held the ball for most of the second quarter before pivot Ty Griffith stretched into the right corner of the end zone on a third-and-goal draw play to make the score 7-6 (they missed the two-point conversion).
Two plays later, a Warroad fumble gave the Muskies the ball back with three seconds to go before halftime but a back-pedalling Craig McTavish just missed catching a high 20-yard pass in the end zone.
Warroad scored two unanswered touchdowns by Kyle Hardwick and Josh Brodeen in the second half to put the game out of reach.
The Muskies had chances as Griffith, Dennis Ogilvie, and Chris and Thomas Edwards gained yards on the ground—but could not break through the Warrior defence.
Calder said the experience isn’t just in the five-game schedule but practising with the ‘A’ team, and even having a few of the grade nines play some downs in their games.
“By the end of the year, including their practices with the senior team, these players will be ready to take over some of those spots in next season,” he noted.
The Warriors (6-2-1) wrapped up their season with the win. They previously had beaten the Muskies there 49-12 back on Sept. 6.