The Westman Wolverines are playing wait and see to find out if their second win of the Manitoba Major Football League season will stand.
On Saturday, the Wolverines hosted the Greendell Falcons at Crocus Plains’ field and held a 14-6 lead with eight seconds left in the first half when a Greendell player went down with an injury that required an ambulance to come to the field. The teams agreed that they would break for half, play the final eight seconds of the first half and then kick off the second.
After the break, however, the Falcons notified the Wolverines that they were quitting the game. Wolverines head coach Dave Stantial said it was due to field conditions, while league president Laura Shea said it was due to a shortage of players as the Falcons suffered numerous injuries.
As of the weekend, the game went down as a 14-6 Wolverines win, improving the squad to 2-1, but the league plans to discuss the issue at its next meeting on Tuesday to determine if the result will be finalized or if they want to find a make-up date to play the second half.
Shayne Sebree opened the scoring in Saturday’s game with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Brad Kyle had a one-yard plunge in the second for Westman’s other major. Matt Waters supplied the converts.
Sebree led Westman with 34 yards on the ground, while Kyle added 19. Seth Hume was 5-for-6 in the air for 92 yards. A.J. Deacon took one of those passes 55 yards.
T.J. Simpson had five tackles and one interception for the Wolverines while Jesse Smith and Brendon Brydges both added two tackles and one interception.
Although Stantial was happy to get the win, he would have liked to see his team play a full four quarters.
“We’re very disappointed the Falcons decided to quit the game early,” he said.
The Wolverines will hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday when they visit the East Side Eagles (2-0).
Meanwhile, the MMFL has dropped to seven teams. The Interlake Thunder withdrew from the league as they could not field a full squad.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 26, 2013