#CFC50 Playoff Preview (MB): Vincent Massey Trojans face another test against Murdoch MacKay Clansmen

The semi-finals of the Winnipeg High School Football League take place this Friday night at Investors Group Field. The Vincent Massey Trojans will face another test in the Murdoch MacKay Clansmen on their way to defending the Anavets Bowl.

In their first meeting of the season, the Trojans ran away with the game 51-17. Murdoch’s Thomas Lange thought his team moved the ball pretty well, but the loss of their starting quarterback early in the game had a real effect on his team. “Massey is a great team and by the time we got over that shock of his injury, the game was already out of reach,” added Lange.

Murdoch earned their right to play in the semi-final by defeating the Grant Park Pirates, 25-9. Lange’s squad really wanted redemption because they had lost to Grant Park in their season opener. “Grant Park is a hard hitting, lunchbox kind of team, just like us, said Lange, I was truly impressed that our boys rose to meet that challenge.”

As the Clansmen approach the second meeting with Massey they are excited. Lange explained, “No one else (except us) in our league believes we can win this game so it is like playing with house money.”

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If the Murdoch MacKay Clansmen want to have success against Vincent Massey they’ll have to get pressure on quarterback Andreas Dueck and control the line of scrimmage. Lange said of Dueck, “He’s ripping up the league passing and if we don’t harass him all game, it will be a long afternoon for us.”

The Trojans won the first contest of the season against Murdoch by playing very good defense, and running back/slot receiver Liam Casey had a huge game running and receiving.

Massey defeated the Garden City Gophers in the quarter-final 37-14. “Against Garden City we played an all-right game, a little undisciplined in our execution,” commented Coach McKay.

 

Hunter Brown (#59) chases down his opponent. Courtesy of Hunter Brown.

Hunter Brown (#59) chases down his opponent. Courtesy of Hunter Brown.

Vincent Massey has three keys to the game against the Clansmen. The first ones are controlling the clock and ball possession. McKay explained, “Control the clock & ball possession, as they have a very explosive offense, led by OL Hunter Brown, RB Brandon Urciuoli & REC Timmy Solypa; we don’t want to get into a high scoring game.”

The second key to the game is cutting down on the recent penalties the Trojans have been accumulating. Trying to play a full 4 quarters of football is the last key as Massey is in the second phase of their title defense.

Look for a heavy dosage of Vincent Massey’s pass attack as they have many talented wide-outs for star quarterback Andreas Dueck to get the ball to. Wide receivers Abdul Gassama, Brayden Saville, or #CFC100 Jalen Burley could be x-factors in Friday night’s semi-final.

We at CFC think that Vincent Massey is too strong and will prevail in a tight game. Kickoff is at 5 pm at Investors Group Field.

 

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