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Football team brings home another banner

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The SVRSS Tigers football team made their hometown proud as they returned from their Saturday (Nov. 4) game in Virden with the Murray Black Cup Consolation Championship banner and trophy by way of their 33-28 victory over the Golden Bears.
The first quarter was a close battle with both teams going back and forth. The Tigers were down 6-0 with the momentum against them when Clayton Spencer returned a kickoff for an 87 yard touchdown to change the course of the game.
“That was a huge play for us,” said Head Coach Justin Petelski.
The tight first half ended with the Golden Bears leading by a score of 21-19.
“We talked to the players at halftime,” said Petelski. “They were playing ok but not up to their potential. We talked about the slick field and how it effected us but if they wanted it more they were going to win the game. I reminded the Grade 12s that this was their last half of football for the Tigers and they needed to leave it all on the field. And, they did.”
The third quarter was a defensive battle with neither team scoring.
In the fourth quarter, the fifth year veteran, Spencer made the most of the last game he’ll play in red and black scoring two touchdowns.
“It was a very exciting game and a great way to finish the season,” said Petelski. “I'm very happy for these guys. We as a coaching staff are very proud.”
The year end banquet will take place on Nov. 14 in the SVRSS cafeteria where the team will no doubt celebrate the victory along with their seven graduating players – Logan Cook, John Taylor, Brandon Staples, Cody Clarkson, Donavyn Meadows, Clayton Spencer and Tre Fleury.
At a league level, a number of players are up for awards at the upcoming Rural Manitoba Football League banquet. Nominated for Most Outstanding Player awards are Spencer (Offence), Morgan Stainland (Defence), Cody Clarkson (Offensive Line), Brandon Staples (Defensive Line) and Damian Chernyk (Special Teams), while grade nine quarterbackCody Eisner is in the running for Rookie of the Year.
The Tigers coaching staff is already looking forward to next year and the hope of repeating the same success.
“We have some very good players in Grade 9 and 10,” concluded Petelski. “We should be able to build on this season next year.”

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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