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Trojans win at IGF

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Trojan players following Friday night's victory at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. (Facebook photo)

Trojan players following Friday night's victory at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. (Facebook photo)

The taste of victory is even sweeter under the lights.

The Portage Collegiate Institute (PIC) Trojans varsity football club won 36-28 over the Miles Mac Buckeyes underneath the bright lights at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) Vidruk Division action Friday night in Winnipeg.

“It's such a great atmosphere for a football game,” says Donald Burrell, Trojans' head coach. “It always ignites the players a little more because it's the Blue Bombers' home field. They always play a little harder when we're here.”

The glow of the stadium might have been a little too much for PCI at the beginning, as they found themselves trailing 7-0 after the first quarter. They managed to get themselves going before halftime, though, narrowing the deficit to just a field goal at 14-11. Trojans' quarterback Tyler Morris connected with Justice Flett for a 30-yard touchdown pass as their only major score of the half.

After a quick pep-talk at half from Burrell, the Trojans came out firing on all cylinders to start the third quarter.

“We didn't execute very well in the first half,” says Burrell. “Our centre, Shawn McMillan, settled down by the third quarter and was snapping the ball perfect every time after. I also challenged the offensive line to create some holes, and to give our quarterback some more time to throw the ball. We definitely were at our best in the fourth quarter.”

The win improves the Trojans' record at 3-3 on the year but Burrell feels it's taken until now for the team to realize how good they really can be and he's looking forward to a strong showing against a feisty St. Paul's Crusaders (5-1) team Friday night in Portage la Prairie for the team's final regular season match. Kickoff set for 4 p.m. at PCI Field.

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