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Muskies pumped for NorWOSSA final


The Muskies will be gunning for another NorWOSSA title here this Saturday when they square off against the Kenora Broncos in the league final.

Kick-off tentatively is slated for 2 p.m. at Westfort field.

“We are going to do quite well. They have proved all year that they are winners,” co-coach Greg Allan said of his team.

“They should be pumped up,” enthused co-coach Todd Calder.

This will be the fourth time the Muskies, who finished atop the standings with a 5-1 record, will have faced the second-place Broncos (4-2) this season.

The black-and-gold won both regular-season games here but dropped the one in Kenora—their lone blemish in NorWOSSA play.

“We changed some plays and put some new stuff in—enough to make them [Kenora] change,” said head coach Bob Swing. “You can’t keep doing the same things because they would get used to it. Anyone would.”

Allan agreed they have some new plays but if the team doesn’t need to use them, then they won’t

“Kenora has a good offensive team but we can attack them and force them to play our game,” he remarked. “We feel very confident in our ability to make some good plays.

“Our whole thing is that we want to move Kenora around the field,” he added.

Swing stressed the game really comes down to who doesn’t turn the ball over.

“That has been the single deciding factor in every game we have played against [Kenora],” he said. “If we turn the ball over, then we lose.

“Now we just have to see how the weather is. Who knows, it could be like this or it could be a blizzard,” he added.

Allan said the coaches have taken the weather into consideration. “If it is going to be a windy day, then we will throw the ball less and do lower punts,” he remarked.

“Coach Swing has prepared everyone quite well for the game,” he stressed. “There is not a lot more Kenora can show us with their offence.

“It will be a lot of fun and we are looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Swing said his players should be in good condition because they had an excellent week of practice. “We should be fresh but we worked them hard [Monday] night,” he noted.

“The practices have been going well,” echoed Allan. “We have been working on the execution of plays and keeping the guys focused.

“There is no doubt they will play hard. We have got to keep them focused,” he stressed.

On the plus side, the team is as healthy as it’s been all season.

“There are still three guys that we have to see if they will play but even if they don’t play, the team is still healthy,” Swing said.

Allan noted Mark Mercure, who suffered a broken leg earlier this season, is back for this game, which is nice because it will be his final game as a Muskie.

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