#CFC50 Playoff preview (MB): No. 7 St.Paul’s Crusaders take on the Sturgeon Heights Huskies

The second semi-final of the Winnipeg High School Football League takes place Friday night between the 7-0 #CFC50 No. 7 St.Paul’s Crusaders and the 4-3 Sturgeon Heights Huskies.

Last week in the quarter-finals, St.Paul’s cruised to a victory over the Dakota Lancers 68-0.

In the Crusaders 2016 season they have scored 305 points while allowing only 39. I talked to Stacy Dainard about what makes his defense so powerful. ”I think our defense is aggressive and also quick. Being quick allows them to recover when they make mistakes. As well, I believe the defence is resilient mentally.

Shae Weekes

St.Paul’s also understands that the teams they play have talented players on offence that will make plays, but they can’t dwell on the bad. “We can not dwell on the good plays our opposition makes, we have to line-up and play hard the next play,” explained Dainard.

For the Crusaders to get back to the championship, they’ll look to slow down the Huskies weapons in the run and passing game when they are on defence. Dainard mentioned, “If we can generate some longer drives that keep Sturgeon off of offence, that would certainly help us.”

The Sturgeon Heights Huskies made their way to the semi-final by defeating the Oak Park Raiders 34-13. Sturgeon’s season saw an improvement from one win in 2015, to 4 wins in 2016.

Sturgeon’s starting quarterback Simon Winsnes finished second in the ‘AAA’ division in passing this year. Winsnes threw for 986 yards, including 11 touchdowns.

Corrie in 2015

Kaeden Corrie in 2015

Another big threat of the Huskies is running back Kaeden Corrie. Corrie finished the season with 1129 yards and 7 touchdowns. Look for Kaeden to run through Brock Gutowski one of the best lineman in the WHSFL.

We at CFC think that the St.Paul’s Crusaders will roll to another victory over the Sturgeon Heights Huskies. Kickoff is at 730 Friday, at Investors Group Field.

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