The Muskies' execution of the “victory formation” at game's end was a little shaky.
That can be excused, though, when it's the first chance a team has had to do it in 706 days.
Fort High ended an 11-game winless drought by rolling over the Maples Marauders 42-18 to open their WHSFL Currie Division season Friday in Winnipeg.
“We were so happy to end the losing streak,” enthused head coach Mike Cuzzolino, whose squad last won back on Oct. 2, 2015—a 27-25 Homecoming victory over the Daniel McIntyre Maroons.
“We felt so happy for the players. They worked so hard,” he added.
“We have so many rookies, threw a ton at them, and they responded so well.”
Muskie running back Sekina Scheibler, plagued by a foot injury that cost him most of last season, shredded the Marauders' defence for 309 yards on the ground while rushing for all six of his team's touchdowns.
“Sekina hadn't played in nearly a year. He was vibrating to get out there and play,” grinned Cuzzolino, whose squad led 20-7 at halftime.
The Muskie defence was rock solid most of the game, led by linebacker Graeme Anderson's 11 tackles.
Grade 10 quarterback Brady Meeks, in his debut as the team's full-time starter, was a modest 3-for-10 for 31 yards with one interception.
The Muskies next will face the Kenora Broncos in their home-opener this coming Friday at 3 p.m.
The Broncos have outscored the black-and-gold 103-28 over their past two meetings, including a 58-12 walloping in Kenora last year, and haven't lost to the Muskies since the early 2000s.
“I think we definitely have a realistic chance of ending this losing streak [to the Broncos],” said Cuzzolino.
“As long as our guys come to practice and continue to work hard to try to get better, they can achieve anything.”