Rifles lose to Huskies

On a sweltering Sunday afternoon at Investors Group Field, The Winnipeg Rifles lost their home opener of the season, dropping a 36- 29 decision to the visiting Edmonton Huskies.

Even though the Rifles loss leaves the team with a 0-2 record in the Prairie Junior Football Conference, the Rifles kept pressure on Edmonton right until the very end of the game, scoring a touchdown with just 16 seconds remaining.

The Rifles offense played well and made it close to the end zone numerous times. Quarterback Ryan Marsch had a big day, finishing 24 of 39 for 446 yards and no interceptions. The former Canadian Junior Football League’s Offensive Player of the Year threw four touchdown passes to Niklas Bembenek, Julian Banares, Matthew Lariviere and Kurt Goodrich. The Rifles ran for 111 yards with running back Devin Cox carrying for 68 yards.

Defensively, the Rifles had a tough time stopping the run, giving up 239 yards to the Huskies. However, the Rifles secondary did a good job coming up with two interceptions by Tain Heywood and Joshua Oneybuchi. The Rifles return to practices at the Nomads Complex in preparation for next Sunday’s game (September 8 in Calgary. The Rifles next home game is Sunday September 15 at noon against the Saskatoon Hilltops.

Source:  Winnipeg Riffles Website

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