The Westman Wolverines players will remember the franchise’s first-ever Manitoba Major Football League playoff game for a long time.
The league quarter-final was a back-and-forth affair that the Wolverines pulled out 34-30 over the host St. James Rods. Westman took the lead for good on a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Seth Hume on Westman’s second-last offensive possession of the game. The Rods couldn’t reply on their final possession and Shane Sebree broke a long run that allowed the Wolverines to kill the clock.
According to head coach Dave Stantial, the Wolverines bench erupted when Sebree iced the game.
“They were ecstatic,” he said. “Having the chance to take a knee at the end of the game was big and they were excited.”
Sebree ran for 212 of the Wolverines’ 273 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Hume finished 9-for-21 passing for 239 yards and one touchdown. He connected with Grant McDill four times for 101 yards and a touchdown. Chris Stantial added a rushing touchdown and Kyle Pacheko kicked a 23-yard field goal and four converts.
Stantial admitted Saturday’s win was huge for the players and the program, but he knows their work isn’t over. Westman will be back in Winnipeg on Saturday to play the East Side Eagles, who went 8-0 during the regular season and scored a league-high 373 points, in a league semifinal.
Stantial knows it won’t be easy, but he will do his best to have his team prepared.
“We just have to go in and play like we did this week,” he said. “Play disciplined football and do our thing: Pound the ball and get after their backs and quarterback with our front seven.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 15, 2012