The Eagles football team is also looking to find their footing, after a shutout loss to Grant Park.

Played in a cold, windy and snowy day, the changing weather did not change the outcome for the football Eagles as they dropped a 39-0 decision to the Pirates.

The divide between athletes that have experienced success for the program, and those still learning to compete in the WHSFL, was evident. Some Eagles tried to do too much, while others perhaps could have done more.

A senior-heavy Pirate team did not take long to capitalize, when the Blue and Gold faltered and never let up on the way to a convincing win. The hosts chose to kick-off after winning the toss, and the strategy paid off when Dryden’s first play -- a 19-yard completion to Dyson Holmes -- was called back on a hands to the face penalty. Facing first and 25 from their 11-yard line, the team was soon forced to punt.

Grant Park marched methodically on the ground to punch in the first points from the one. When the next DHS possession ended with an interception, the Pirates again ran their way to the endzone from 15 yards out. The hosts would record a third major in three possessions, when the Eagles kickoff returner fumbled, after being tackled deep in Dryden territory.

Switching sides did not make much impact, as the snow and wind was not an issue for the Pirate runners, their fullback scampering untouched from the eight to widen the lead. Dryden had a few option plays yield first downs, but they could not sustain a drive in the mud as errors negated positive plays. The game would move to running time before the half as the outcome was not in doubt.

Notable efforts for the losers came from safety Tanner Montgomery, who recorded six tackles. Grade 9 Fynn Livingston continued to show improvement, as he recovered a fumble to go with his two tackles. Defensive stalwarts Bailey Murrell and Gus Brosseau were their stout selves as they notched six and seven stops respectively. 

Looking ahead to the final home game of the season, fans should get to see a few noteworthy events. The Vincent Massey Trojans are a perennial power at the AAA level in Winnipeg, and they are nationally ranked. Their caliber of play is not normally seen at Harry McMaster Field. The Trojans attack with feature a Dryden connection, as receiver Kyler Filewich’s father, Keon, once earned DHS athlete of the year.

The hosts also have events to monitor, as it will be Senior Day. The departing Eagles will be honoured with a quick ceremony before kick-off. Once in action, the first tackle Gus Brosseau makes will set him as the all-time leading tackler in program history. Brosseau is currently tied with Matt Langlais with 191 stops.

The game will start at 3 p.m. Friday.

(Submitted by Geoff Zilkalns)

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