The Westman Wolverines had their best performance of the Manitoba Major Football League season on Saturday, but it still wasn’t enough to get into the league final.
The Wolverines gave up 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as they fell 34-30 to the host East Side Eagles in the semifinals.
Despite having their season come to an end one week before they would have liked, Westman head coach Dave Stantial liked what he saw from his team.
“The guys played their heart out and we executed pretty well,” he said. “It wasn’t mistake-free, but they played fantastic.
“… It was definitely an easier pill to swallow having played that kind of game than the week before when we did not play well at all.”
The Wolverines looked poised to upset the undefeated Eagles by holding a 24-17 advantage at halftime and a 30-24 lead after three quarters, but they just couldn’t hang on.
Brandon’s Seth Hume finished 10 of 18 passing for 127 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 32 and scored a two-point convert. Shayne Sebree ran 21 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. A.J. Deacon caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. Jared Spearing led the receivers with 52 yards.
Adam McClelland had six tackles, with Jason Sinclair adding four. T.J. Simpson had 3 1/2 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble. Brendynn Tuttosi had three tackles and one sack.
This is the second straight year the Wolverines have been eliminated in the semifinal, but Stantial is proud of what his team accomplished.
“We’re proud of the season we had,” he said. “It was another improvement for us as an organization finishing fourth. We stepped up in our positioning in the league again and that’s what we want to do. We want to improve every year and that’s something that was done.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 21, 2013