Trojans running back Brice Verwey scored two touchdowns and ran for over 100 yards in their 23-6 win over Elmwood in the WHSFL playoffs. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
A cold snowy night in October.
The Trojans pushed through snow, 60 km/h wind gusts, and Giants yesterday at Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI) field in Portage la Prairie, as PCI defeated Elmwood 23-6 in their opening game of the Winnipeg High School Football League's Canad Inn Bowl playoffs.
“They persevered for the win, stayed focused and executed,” says PCI head coach, Donald Burrell. “Especially on offence, we put up some good points and that's what we need in the playoffs. The defence had an outstanding effort as well. (Elmwood) started off running the ball quite a bit and we stopped them effectively.”
PCI had a plan and enacted it right off the start, keeping the ball on the ground and swarming the quarterback every defensive series. Trojans running back Brice Verywey got the help he needed from his offensive line and was able to slip his way into the end zone twice two to give PCI a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
The shutout continued through the second half for PCI's defence while the offence went back to work. Halfway through the frame quarterback Tyler Morris hooked up with receiver Ian McCutchin and he pushed the ball, with a little help from his teammates, across the goal-line for a major to make it 21-0 at the half.
Portage got within the end zone a couple of times in the second half but because of a strong wind kicker Connor Green wasn't able to split the uprights for three and had to settle for a couple of single points to increase their lead to 23-0. The Giants were able to connect a couple of times late in the game to get on the board couldn't get a two-point conversion into the end zone for anymore than 6.
“The intensity is going to be higher than it was in Portage,” adds Burrell. “We'll get some of the bumps and bruises taken care of (this week) and we just need to be ready to play our game.”
The Trojans now await the winner of the battle of the Andy Currie Division, Beaver Brae and Kildonan East, which was postponed to Monday because of the weather. The Trojans will take them on Thursday, November 2, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.