Pitbulls strong to open season 0
Two Portage Pitbulls teams had convincing season-opening victories on Sunday. (File photo)
The Portage Pitbulls had an encouraging opening weekend to their season.
Two of the three senior teams picked up dominating wins while the Terminator team put out a spirited showing in their games in Winnipeg on Sunday.
The bantams won 44-14 over the Eastside Eagles and it was a good way to kick off the season, said coach Dave McLeod.
"We had a pretty good start to the season," said McLeod. "Our offence put up over 40 points, so that's a pretty good sign we're off to a good start.
"Offence usually starts off a little bit slower as we're trying to learn the plays, but the fact that we put up over 40 points is a pretty good thing."
Mike Watson had four touchdowns for the Pitbulls while Brandon Friesen punched in two others. Blaine Park also scored one.
The atom team, coached by Miles Irwin, scored a 36-6 win over the Greendell Falcons.
Irwin liked the camaraderie the team was showing, even early in the season.
"I was really impressed with how everyone was clicking and everyone seemed to know their jobs really well," said Irwin. "In the first game of the season, usually everyone's getting the jitters out."
As for the peewees, the club fell 24-6 to their Eastside Eagles counterparts.
"Overall, the game was a really hard-fought battle," said head coach Matt Newham. "We were able to come back going into the half, we were losing 18-6.
"In the third quarter, our defence really held them strong."
Tyler Morris had the touchdown for the Pitbulls. Quarterback Shawn McMillan was named the team's player of the game while Kolton Schindle was named the team's defensive player of the game.
As for the terminators, head coach Jeff Dubois liked the way the team was able to shut down the Eastside Eagles' attack.
"Our defence was very stingy, and our defence worked hard all game," said Dubois. "We tacked extremely well.
"We kept them to only one touchdown."
On the other side of the ball, the offence was impressive.
"We had plenty of big plays where we broke for some big yardage," said Dubois. "The team blocked and ran the ball on offence very well throughout the whole game."
All four teams will be in action at Republic of Manitobah Park on Sunday.
The bantams will play the St. James Rods at 9 a.m., the peewees will face the Charleswood Broncos at 11:30 a.m., the atoms will also face the Broncos at 2 p.m., while the terminators will wrap the day against the Crescentwood Grizzlies at 4:30 p.m.
For more, please see Wednesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.