A one-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Bryce Keilback was all the Neelin Spartans needed Wednesday night at Winnipeg.
Neelin’s defence stood strong in an 8-3 win over the Beaver Brae Broncos in their Winnipeg High School Football League Andy Currie Division semifinal.
“Defensively, we were able to contain (Broncos running back Dylan) Pykerman very well,” Neelin head coach Robert Cullen said. “He had a couple runs, but we stuck to our defensive philosophy and gang tackle and we were able to weather the storm.”
Keegan Herperger led the way defensively with seven tackles and two assists while Brandon Williams made six tackles and three assists. Brock Hiltner had three tackles, three assists and blocked a field goal.
Dylan Minshull churned out 165 yards on 24 carries while Osian Edwards rushed for 111 on 13 carries. Joe Waters added a single on a missed field goal.
Neelin will face the Steinbach Sabres in the final at Canad Inns Stadium next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans’ only loss of the season came at the hands of the Sabres, and Cullen thinks it will be a good matchup.
“It’s a great honour to be able to go on and represent the Currie Division in the championship,” he said. “I think it’ll be a good ball game next week. We just have to come out and play.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2012