The Muskie football team showed all season a never-say-die, never-give-up attitude—and that was much the same in their semi-final loss to the top-ranked Elmwood Giants last Thursday in Winnipeg.
A fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as the Giants outlasted the Muskies by a narrow 31-30 margin.
The Muskies had a fantastic season in the WHSFL, finishing with a 4-2 record in the seven-team Currie Division ('A') before routing the Maples Marauders in a quarter-final showdown here back on Oct. 25.
Elmwood now advances to the division final tomorrow against the second-ranked St. John's Tigers, who earned an 11-7 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in their semi-final showdown last Thursday.
The black-and-gold, however, now are looking forward to the future.
“I would assess the year as us trying to make a point to our high school, and town, that Muskie football is finally back and we are here to stick around and continue to have winning seasons like we did this year,” said quarterback Brady Meeks.
“And we are gonna have to improve in some areas where we are losing veterans,” he warned.
"We are gonna need to find a new running back, centre, and slot receiver on offence.
“But in the end, we had an amazing season," Meeks enthused. "And we all know that we will be ready to go all the way next year and really prove to this town that we are back.”
The Muskies were behind the eight-ball early in Thursday's semi-final loss to Elmwood as the top-ranked Giants built a 15-0 lead after the first quarter.
But the fourth-seeded Muskies fought back when Riley Argue scored a pair of touchdowns in the second to trim it to 15-12.
The Giants then regrouped and led 24-12 at halftime.
Showing some resilience,