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Brennen Campbell of the Crocus Plainsmen and Brydon Watts of the Steinbach Sabres battle for the ball during a Winnipeg High School Football League game Thursday afternoon at Crocus Plains. The Sabres won 42-35.
The Crocus Plainsmen have come crashing back to Earth.
For the first three weeks of the Winnipeg High School Football League Kas Vidruk (AA) Division season, the Plainsmen were riding high after a trio of dominant efforts and a stellar defence that held their opposition to 22 total points. That was not the case Thursday at the Crocus Plains field as the Steinbach Sabres (2-2) lit up the Plainsmen (3-1) defence and hung on for a 42-35 victory.
Mac Ginter-Boyce proved to be the Plainsmen’s kryptonite as he ran roughshod for 296 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries for Steinbach. It wasn’t the defensive outing the Plainsmen wanted and starting middle linebacker Steven Siebrecht admitted his side was just outplayed.
"We were just getting blocked and we couldn’t shed it," he said. "They had a lot of support from their O-line and then it was tough. They just drove us back."
Siebrecht finished the game with 10 tackles. Matthew Meeches added six and recovered a fumble, while Lucas Neil-Woods had one interception.
Although the defence struggled, Crocus’s offence kept the team in the game. Victor St. Pierre rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He also took a reverse handoff on a kickoff return 88 yards for a score.
Calvin Van Santen chipped in with 11 carries for 64 yards for the Plainsmen. Matthew Mott was 5-for-11 passing for 75 yards and one touchdown. He also scored on a quarterback sneak and kicked five converts. Shea Godfrey caught three passes for 64 yards and one touchdown. He and Mott, however, could not connect on a corner route in the end zone in the final minute to tie up the game.
Crocus head coach Kevin Boyd felt his team came out flat, but he tried to remain positive.
"It will be a nice wakeup call for everybody," he said.
"I think maybe their heads were getting a little big and a little too confident. I think it will be a nice little wakeup call and we’ll see what happens now."
After a tough loss, especially for the defence, Boyd is going to go over the game tape in detail to find all the areas where his squad can improve as it prepares to host the cross-town rival Neelin Spartans next week.
However, he doesn’t want to make too big of deal about the upcoming contest.
"It’s just the next game on the schedule," Boyd said. "We just have to smarten up and play a lot better. They have some real good athletes over there. Of course I’m looking forward to it with a cross-town team, but it’s just the next rung."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 27, 2013