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)

For more information:



More Sports News

Ice Dogs look to rebound against Norskies

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are looking to regroup, as they play the rematch in Thief River against the Norskies. Trey Palermo scored the loan goal for the Ice Dogs in a 4-1 loss. They're playing the…

Stout leads Ice Dogs in Minnesota

Eric Stout scored four times, as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs shutout the Iron Rangers 9-0 in Minnesota last night. Trygve Many Guns added four assists in a game, where the outcome was never in doubt.…

Eagles boys host hockey fundraiser

The Eagles boys are hosting the Saints today. The game is taking place at the Dryden Memorial Arena. The Eagles will also be accepting donations for the Hackl family. Sheldon Hackl of Dryden, a coach…

Dryden Dolphins clean up in Thunder Bay

Members of the Dryden Dolphins Swim Club travelled to Thunder Bay this past weekend to compete at the Northwest Narwhal's Swim Meet. Five team members came first in their category, three came in…

Winsor leads Ice Dogs in Minnesota

Dylan Winsor's on a roll, as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs return to the Dog Pound tonight. Winsor had a four-goal night, as the Ice Dogs rolled over Minnesota last night. The final was 12-2 with team…

Ice Dogs shine at All-Star game

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs had a great showing at last night's SIJHL All-Star Game in Fort Frances. It was a best-on-best Canada vs USA match-up, which featured Trey Palermo as the Captain of Team…

Eagles downed by Beaver Brae

It was a fast and physical game at the Dryden Memorial Arena last night, as the Dryden Eagles took on the Beaver Brae Broncos in high school boys hockey action. The Broncos took the game 3 – 1. Riley…

Ice Dogs ready for All-Star game

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are preparing for the SIJHL’s All-Star game today in Fort Frances. The event will feature players and coaching staff from around the league in a best-on-best Canada vs USA…

Eagles boys host Broncos tonight

Today in high school hockey action, the Eagles boys are hosting the Broncos in Dryden. That game goes at 6:30 p.m. at the Dryden Memorial Arena. In Kenora, the Bronco girls are hosting the Eagles at…

Girls rule the rink

Courtney Reimer of the Dryden She-Devils in Kenora.Courtney Reimer is a centre with the Dryden She-Devils, and she's been enjoying the girls hockey tournament at the Kenora rec centre. "Skating… is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide