Brandon Barbarians’ Brad Lewis fends off Winnipeg Wasps’ Luke McKim during rugby action Saturday afternoon at John Reilly Field.
(COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
The Westman Wolverines took a big step to securing their first-ever Manitoba Major Football League playoff spot on Saturday.
Shayne Sebree rushed for 127 yards and Jared Spearing added 82 more as the Wolverines beat the Fort Garry Lions 30-18 on Saturday at Vincent Massey. The win kept the Wolverines (3-4) in the fifth and final playoff spot and eliminated the Lions (1-6) from post-season contention.
"It was a huge win," Wolverines offensive co-ordinator Bryce Ketcheson said. "Really, it might as well have been a playoff game for us. We really put it on the shoulders of our captains and our team and told them they had to go and get it done."
While the Wolverines were happy with the result, they admitted they got off to a slow start. They only led by a single point at halftime, and they weren’t happy with that.
Sebree and Chris Stantial both ran in for second-half touchdowns to blow open the game. Kyle Pacheco added a pair of converts and a 25-yard field goal in the final 30 minutes.
"We just got mad at ourselves and knew we were better than these guys," Sebree said. "We came out in the second and played our game and ran the ball and got some good yards in the air."
Pacheco added a 19-yard touchdown reception and a convert in the first half. Jared Spearing also had a 35-yard touchdown run.
Seth Hume finished 8-for-18 in the air for 126 yards. Grant McDill was the top receiver with three catches for 48 yards. Ethan Jowett led the ferocious Wolverine defence — which gave up only three points — with 6 1/2 tackles and one sack. Mason Kaluzniak intercepted two passes.
Westman has a bye next week. It can clinch the final playoff spot by beating the Greendell Falcons (1-5) Oct. 6.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 24, 2012