On a team blessed with a lot of offensive talent, the Crocus Plainsmen defenders showed just how dominant they can be on Friday.
The Plainsmen limited the visiting Grant Park Pirates to seven first downs in their Winnipeg High School Football League Kas Vidruk (AA) Division game on Friday, as Crocus cruised to a 44-6 victory. Grant Park (1-2) sustained only one drive, which came late in the third quarter and resulted in the Pirates’ only touchdown. It was helped by a fake punt. It was all Crocus Plains (3-0) the rest of the way.
Steven Siebrecht led the charge with eight tackles, but it was Martin Walker who sealed the victory with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. It was Walker’s second pick of the game.
“That was huge,” said Crocus head coach Kevin Boyd. “That’s a kid I’m so proud of. He’s matured so much this year and really brought his A-game. He struggled letting up a few touchdowns last year and this year he’s just playing out of this world. I’m very proud of him.”
Walker also had two tackles. Jordan Knott added five tackles and one fumble recovery, while Lucas Neil-Woods had four tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. He also scored a two-point conversion.
Plainsmen running back Victor St. Pierre wasn’t a slouch offensively, rolling for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries, even though he did miss a couple series with an injured left shin. He returned and scored the game’s final touchdown on an eight-yard scamper.
Calvin Van Santen added 65 yards on the ground for Crocus, which jumped out to a 30-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Matthew Mott was 4-for-11 in the air for 71 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also kicked four converts.
Shea Godfrey caught two passes for 67 yards, including a 36-yarder that he took to the house.
“We were just firing off and hitting it this year. We’re playing great,” Walker said. “Our outside linebackers were hitting their contains, the halfbacks were playing aggressive. Our linebackers are killing it. All around, we’re playing great.”
Starting 3-0 is huge for the Plainsmen, as it gives them more wins than their previous two seasons combined. They’re enjoying their success and are proud of their dominating performance on Friday.
However, Boyd will do his best to make sure the players don’t get too high and make sure they’re prepared for their next game on Thursday, when the Plainsmen host the Steinbach Sabres (1-2) at 5 p.m.
“Just work them like dogs on Monday,” Boyd said. “They know we have to take one game at a time. They’re pretty level and pretty grounded that way. We just have to keep working.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 21, 2013