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Pitbulls bucked by 'Stangs

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

Three Pitbull teams fell to the St. Vital Mustangs last Sunday. (File photo)

Three Pitbull teams fell to the St. Vital Mustangs last Sunday. (File photo)

The Portage Pitbulls teams had a rough go with the St. Vital Mustangs counterparts over the weekend.

The Pitbull senior clubs all dropped games to the south Winnipeg program over the weekend.


The peewees dropped a 37-7 decision in a game that wasn't the Pitbulls' best, said coach Rob Ward.

"We couldn't do anything right," said Ward. "It was just one of those days.

"The Mustangs are a well-coached and tough team."

Tyler Fedak had the touchdown for Portage, earning the offensive game ball with the result. Colton Schindle, meanwhile, earned the defensive kudos.

"He probably made four or five unassisted tackles, was a real force on the defensive side of the ball," said Ward.


The atoms, meanwhile, suffered their first loss with a 49-19 defeat.

Head coach Miles Irwin said the Mustangs were solid, but the Pitbulls will have to be able to keep pace with one of the league's elite teams.

"Our kids were a little shellshocked at how fast and how they all play fast," said Irwin. "We have the speed, have the toughness, but we couldn't match their intensity unfortunately.

"We expect to be and we have been one of the top teams in the league, so we just have to make sure that we don't ever put in an effort like that again. It's one thing to play good against bad teams, but when you're playing bad against good teams, it really comes back to backfire."

Donovan Alexander posted the team's crunch of the game on the final play from scrimmage, which provided Irwin with some hope.

"He took two players and knocked them both on their back on the same play," said Irwin. "It was a great hit.

"It was nice to see that at the end of the game when we're losing that bad — to go out and make some big hits."

Defensive lineman Alexis Kennedy was the team's player of the game for going up against the Mustangs' offensive line.

"They (the Mustangs) had a massive offensive line and she kept fighting the whole game," said Irwin. "She never backed down."


The bantams also slipped to 3-1 with a 36-6 loss.

Dave McLeod said the offence was able to sniff paydirt, but unable to quite make it there.

"On offence, we didn't capitalize when we were down in the red zone," said McLeod. "We were probably down inside their 20 four times and didn't score.

"Our defence got outmatched by their offence. Their offence had phenomenal blockers and our defence just couldn't fight through the blocks."

Overall, McLeod felt the team played a fairly strong contest.

"The score certainly doesn't reflect the game. The game was a lot closer than that," said McLeod. "They just capitalized on their chances and we didn't."

The Pitbulls, with players going both ways, then lost their quarterback during the game. However, McLeod credited the offensive line in particular with helping to try to rally the team.

"Most of our runs were up the middle, because their defence was just shutting down the outside run," said McLeod. "The offensive line really had to step up, and we were basically moving the ball by running it up the middle time and time again."


The terminators, meanwhile, matched up with Transcona Grey, performing well.

"They were strong with both defence and offence," said coach Jeremy Sokolosky. "I was quite impressed with all of them."

Skyler Sokolosky had a touchdown for the terminators, while Matthew Dequier posted several tackles defensively. Ethan Matthews was also a force without the ball, recording several tackles.

"We had a very strong defence. We pushed the ball back. We kept it back, and we didn't allow a lot of yards of offence," said Sokolosky. "That made it a lot easier for our offence."

This Sunday, the bantams will play the Fort Garry Lions, the peewees will play St. Vital Black, the atoms will play the St. James Rods and the terminators will face Fort Garry.

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