Fresh off an impressive 39-0 quarter-final victory over the Maples Marauders here Thursday afternoon, the Muskie football team now is ready for its next challenge.
That comes tomorrow when the fourth-seeded black-and-gold are slated to battle the top-ranked Elmwood Giants in a WHSFL semi-final showdown at 5 p.m. in Winnipeg.
If that's not challenging enough, the team also is without longtime head coach Mike Cuzzolino, who reportedly has been “let go” according to an anonymous tip sent to the Times on Friday.
Assistant coach Louie Gauthier would not divulge any information at the team's practice Monday afternoon, only stating that the Muskies were “preparing for Elmwood.”
Fort High vice-principal Bill Daley also had not responded to numerous requests for comment on the situation before press time.
Cuzzolino did not respond to an e-mailed request for comment from the Times, either.
In their only meeting of the regular season, the Muskies beat the Giants 14-8 score here back on Sept. 21.
The black-and-gold's defence came up huge yet again in that one as they were able to shut down the Giants' offence after a failed two-point conversion play put the ball back in Elmwood's hands with less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Colten Allen led the way defensively for Fort High in that one with eight tackles while Josh Gerley had seven.
Aaron Scheibler and William Richards both recorded four-and-a-half tackles while Wyatt Richards had three.
Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks finished the game going four-for-15 for 96 yards and a touchdown.