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Trojans football to host playoff game

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

(Mickey Dumont/herald leader)
Trojans runningback Branden Friesen running for a touchdown last week against St. John’s.

(Mickey Dumont/herald leader) Trojans runningback Branden Friesen running for a touchdown last week against St. John’s.

The Trojans have posted their first winning season since 2011 and with it have the honour of hosting a home playoff game.

The Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) Trojans varsity boys football team head into the final week of the Winnipeg High School Football League regular season with a 5-1 record and sit 2nd place in the league’s Andy Currie Division.

“Anything less than a playoff spot would have been a major disappointment. We’ve accomplished that goal,” said Brent Irwin, head coach of the Trojans football team. “Now we’ve got to look forward to playing our last regular season game and show that we are prepared and ready to go into the playoffs. Then focus on game one and no further.”

PCI travels to Ontario Friday to take on Kenora’s Beaver Brae Broncos (1-5), needing just a tie to secure second.

“We’re happy where we are,” added Irwin. “We want to be prepared in all aspects of the game going into the playoffs. This week is a big game for us just to show how prepared we are as a team going forward.”

Depending on how things transpire in the final week of the regular season, the Trojans will likely face either the Tec Voc Hornets or the St. John’s Tigers in Week One of the playoffs. Both teams were defeated handily by PCI earlier in the season.

Only one team has given the Trojans trouble this year, and that is the league leading Dryden Eagles (6-0) who beat PCI 27-6 back in Week 2 of the regular season.

Fortunately for the Trojans, they wouldn’t square off against Dryden until the finals, assuming both teams make it that far.



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