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Pitbulls off the leash in Portage

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Portage Pitbulls offence forced the mercy rule on the Comets by halftime in their playoff game Saturday at Rotary Republic Park in Portage. (Supplied Photo)

The Portage Pitbulls offence forced the mercy rule on the Comets by halftime in their playoff game Saturday at Rotary Republic Park in Portage. (Supplied Photo)

Mad dogs that couldn't be contained.

The Portage Pitpulls bantam football team won their first round Manitoba Minor Football Association (MMFA) playoff match in decisive fashion, winning 30-0 over the Corydon Comets Saturday at Rotary Republic Park in Portage la Prairie.

“This was an incredible game from the team,” says Pitbulls head coach, Miles Irwin. “We got those four straight wins coming into the playoffs and you can see how the team is a lot more structured on the field. We started with a lot of players that have never played football so we knew there would be some mistakes at the start but they've really grown into a very strong team.”

Portage got to work right off the hop when Brock Miller returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead. The Pitbulls lived up to their name throughout the entirety of the game, swarming and crushing the Comets offensive unit every time they got on the field. It was 22-0 after the first quarter and Portage continued to score at ease well into the second half, but as per league mercy rules, scores stop being tallied once a team takes a 30 point lead.

“We've got a real confident team right now,” adds Irwin. “We have several players with talent on offence, which gives us a lot of options. Our defence has great performers too, but as a whole, they work really well together as a unit.”

The Pitbulls second round match is against the St. James Rods Saturday morning. The two teams tied in MMFA regular season standings, and on the field during the season, but the Rods finished with a higher rank due to the league's tie-break procedure. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in Winnipeg.



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