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Running back Keenan Koswin of the Garden City Gophers grabs the mask of defender Dustyn Lamont of the Neelin Spartans as Lamont tries to tackle him during Winnipeg High School Football League action at CFB Shilo on Friday afternoon.
The Neelin Spartans knocked off the last undefeated team in the Winnipeg High School Football League’s Kas Vidruk (AA) Division on Friday.
Dustyn Lamont, who left last week’s game with an injury, rushed for 83 yards, including a one-yard touchdown, to help lift the Spartans (3-1) to a 13-7 victory over the Garden City Fighting Gophers (3-1) in a game played at CFB Shilo.
Lamont had two solo tackles, assisted on two more, added a pair of sacks and blocked a kick as well.
Brock Hiltner scored Neelin’s other touchdown on a three-yard run. He finished the day with 73 rushing yards and eight tackles.
"We went out and we played one solid game," Spartans head coach Robert Cullen said. "Was it big? Yeah, we knew we were playing an undefeated team — and a great undefeated team at that with some great athletes — but we keyed on the ones we had to and we shut them down."
Joe Waters finished 6-of-13 passing for 41 yards. He connected with Quinton Hunter twice for 28 yards.
Nate Unger made nine tackles, assisted on two others and picked off a pass for the Spartans, who allowed only three completed passes in the game. Nick Ukleja added a pair of sacks.
The win moves Neelin into a four-way tie for first place with Garden City, the St. Paul’s Crusaders and the Crocus Plainsmen, which means Thursday’s cross-city contest between the Spartans and the host Plainsmen will be a battle for a share of first place.
That, however, is not how Cullen is looking at it.
"It’s another big matchup, but we’ll just take it day to day," he said. "They have a couple big athletes out there.
"They played a solid team in Steinbach this week and took their first loss, so they’re going to be even more hungry this week. We’re just going to go out and play and go week to week."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 28, 2013