PLAYOFF PREVIEW (MB): “They’ve played a season versus some pretty formidable opponents”

Canada Football Chat (CFC) continues its post-season coverage of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) this week. Thursday’s matchup between the Sturgeon Heights Huskies and River East Kodiaks will determine who meets either St.Paul’s or Steinbach in the Vidruk ‘AA’ division final.

This marks another meeting of two teams that aren’t too familiar with each other. With Sturgeon Heights in the ‘AAA’ division and River East at the top of the ‘AA’ division this should make for an interesting tilt.

River East has blown their opponents out of the water this season. The Kodiaks have scored 211 points and allowed a measly 101 in eight games.

Ryan Porco of the Kodiaks talked about his team’s strength, their work ethic.

Porco said “I think our strengths this year have been our determination. We went into the season as the underdog after our previous season. We put in the work we needed to so that we could get to where we are now”.
Players to watch on the Kodiaks: Birhanu Yitna (wide receiver), Darnell Wyke (wide receiver), Bryson Mcneil (quarterback), Josh Bevin (linebacker), Noah Lexier (linebacker)

Sturgeon has had to face some pretty tough opponents while playing in the ‘AAA’ division. Robin Mead gave me his thoughts on facing the Huskies.

“Sturgeon Heights looks big, fast, tough and well coached. They’ve played a season versus some pretty formidable opponents and couldn’t help but be hardened and toughened by those battles”.

One of the battles Sturgeon was on the opposite end of was a game against Dakota. The Dakota Lancers managed to win on the last play of the game on a long pass.

Fortunately for Sturgeon redemption came in the ways of the quarter finals. Last Friday the Huskies got their chance at beating Dakota. This time around Sturgeon won 37-10. Chris Henwood exclaimed that it felt “amazing” to win that game.

For the Huskies to have success, they’ll have to run the ball efficiently. Running back Kaeden Corrie is averaging close to 12 yards every time he touches the ball.

“[He is] a threat every time he touches the ball,” said Huskies Head Coach Eric Vincent of Corrie.

This is a huge meeting for the two teams and the Kodiaks are not taking the Huskies lightly.

“We are in for a serious challenge” added Mead.

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