The Muskie ‘B’ football team opened their five-game exhibition schedule with a 24-0 loss to the Roseau Rams here Tuesday afternoon.
The Rams used a pair of long running plays to score two touchdowns in the first quarter, then made both two-point converts, to grab an early 16-0 lead.
They added one more touchdown/two-point conversion in the second half.
‘B’ co-coach Todd Calder said Roseau’s scores came mainly off small errors.
“There were a couple misplays on our defence. Little techniques that can be corrected,” Calder said. “[Roseau] got outside nicely on those two [first quarter] scores.
“I was proud of the team. We have a very young team with a lot of grade nines who never played organized football,” he added.
And while the Muskie offence rarely got away from the shadow of their goal line (their best drive reaching the Rams’ 30-yard line), Calder said he was pleased with how quarterback Ty Griffith and running back Jason Kellar stayed composed and stuck with the game plan.
“The offence, in general, moved the ball pretty well. A few little mistakes cost us,” he noted. “Just a block here and there and Jason would have been home free a couple of times.”
The Muskies, who finished 1-5 last year, travelled to Warroad this afternoon for their second game of the season. After today’s game, they won’t see action until Sept. 27 when they visit the International Falls Broncos.
“We’ve got a big break coming up so these games will be good for us,” said Calder. “And we can talk to the team and see what’s going wrong and what we can improve on.”
Their next home game is Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. against Warroad.
The Muskie ‘A’ team kicks off its inaugural season in the Winnipeg High School Football League here tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. against the Kelvin Clippers.