The Muskie ‘A’ football team used a stingy defence with a dash of clutch plays to edge the Churchill Bulldogs 10-7 during the annual Homecoming game here Friday afternoon.
Trailing 7-3, the turning point came on the final play of the first half when Muskie wide receiver Adam McTavish caught a hitch pass from quarterback Andrew George and scampered 60 yards for a touchdown.
The extra point was good.
“That was a huge play. We tried that four times in the half,” said Muskie head coach Bob Swing. “You look like a really good coach when all you have to do is get the ball to your best player and let him do it.”
From there, the Muskies shut down the Bulldogs in the second half, including a pair of blocked punts by Kevin Gemmell and an interception from Brad Wakefield to preserve the lead.
“This is probably the best week of practice we had and probably the best game we played so far,” noted George, who threw for 100 yards with no interceptions.
John Shellard had given the Bulldogs a short-lived lead late in the second quarter on a short run into the end zone.
The black-and-gold had jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a McTavish field goal in the first quarter after a touchdown run by Dan Hettinga was called back on a penalty.
The Muskies (3-2) next will host the Sisler Spartans this Friday at 3:30 p.m. The ‘B’ team (0-3) will play Warroad here Thursday at 4:40 p.m.