Crocus Plainsmen linebacker Steven Siebrecht recorded 16 tackles and a sack on Thursday to enter the Winnipeg High School Football League’s record book.
Siebrecht finished the season with 93 tackles to set a new single-season mark in the Kas Vidruk Division, even though his team posted a 1-6 record and missed the playoffs. Crocus’ season ended at home on Thursday with a 25-19 loss to the 5-2 River East Kodiaks.
Although their season ended on a losing note, Crocus head coach Kevin Boyd was proud of the way his team played against a difficult opponent.
“They really gutted it out and played very tough,” he said. “Our defence played one of the best games they’ve played all year and this was a good team we were playing.
“To scare them like that and be within six at the end was nice. I mean, losing always sucks … but the kids played their hearts out so I was so proud of them.”
Victor St. Pierre rushed for 212 yards and one touchdown. He also caught two passes for 83 yards, scoring on one of those plays. Cody Robinson rushed nine times for 72 yards.
Ryan Baker completed nine of 22 passes for 266 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
He connected with Taylor Maloney five times for 172 yards, including a 95-yard play for a touchdown.
Spencer Harries had five tackles and an interception, while Jordan Knott added seven tackles.
Meanwhile at Winnipeg, the Vincent Massey Vikings scored eight points in the final five minutes to tie the Kildonan East Reivers 8-8.
James Johnson scored on a one-yard run and Jesse Smith added the two-point convert for the Vikings (4-2-1), who will finish fourth in the Kas Vidruk Division and will play the Reivers (3-3-1) in next week’s quarter-final.
Massey had a chance to win on the final play of the game, but A.J. Deacon’s punt into gusting winds stopped one yard short of the end line, which would have given Massey a single point, and the Vikings were tagged with a no-yards penalty on the return.
Head coach Mike Steeves admitted it was a frustrating game, but hopes his team can take some positives from it into the playoffs.
“The weather and elements were so challenging, but the last six minutes was entertaining and exciting,” he said. “Prior to that, the defence had to make some big stops to get us the ball, but to drive down the field was awesome and I think it gave us some confidence when we play them again because we left a lot on the table.”
Johnson finished with 200 yards on the ground and Matt Bryant added 158 more. Ty Kuz led the defence with 12 tackles while Nathan Unger added six tackles and recovered a fumble. Smith made seven tackles.
The league has stated all playoff games will be played in Winnipeg, but Massey is challenging the rule and will try to host its quarter-final in Brandon.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 19, 2012