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Maddogs Host Playoffs

by Janine Hayward

Both the Bantam and Peewee Maddogs had stellar seasons with the Bantam team finishing first in league play and the Peewees finishing third. The Bantams got a bye in the first round and hosted their first ever playoff semi-final game in Martensville on Sunday. It was the Bazaar and Novelty Bowl, as every playoff game is sponsored in the KFL. The weather cooperated once again but the Maddogs lost a heartbreaker 28-27 to the Titans.

The Titans were first to strike off the opening kick-off for the major taking the early 7-0 lead. Both defenses would contain the offense and keep them off of the board for the rest of the quarter as both teams were evenly matched. It would take until early in the second quarter for Quarterback Latrell Brown to handoff to Brody Nelson for the touchdown to tie the game. A few minutes later Brown connected with Nelson once again who ran the 38 yards for his second major taking the 14-7 lead. With only seconds left before half, Titans’ Harmon Waynert stepped in for the interception and ran the field for the touchdown to tie things at half 14-14.

The Maddogs would get back some momentum when David Beauregard recovered a fumble early in the third. Parker Peterson would find the endzone to give the Maddogs the 21-14 lead. The Titans had a short kick-off that backfired for them as Beauregard once again recovered to give the ball back to the Maddogs on the Titan 42-yard line. Peterson would take the hand-off and break three tackles to get some great yardage, but this would be short-lived as it came back on a procedure call. Penalties plagued the Maddogs all afternoon. Tanner Jansen would tie the game for the Titans at 21 at the end of the third.

At 11:40 in the fourth, Brody Marcinkiw had a big 45-yard run to give the Maddogs the 27-21 lead as the convert was not completed. With only 3:10 left in the game, Eric Quigley found the endzone for the Titans and took the 28- 27 lead. With only five plays left in the game, Nelson had a huge run down to the Titan 10-yard line but once again it was called back on a holding call. The Maddogs gave it a great effort but could not get points on the board and the Titans advance to the final with the 28-27 win.

https://martensvillemessenger.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DSC_0400.jpg“This was the most fun coaching I have ever had”, commented head coach Grant Currie. “I couldn’t be more proud of what these players have accomplished this season”. He had all the players make several goals before the season and they accomplished many of these. Currie isn’t just about the football but tries to teach life lessons to his players. Congratulations to the all the Maddogs on a great season. The awards day is slated for November 18.

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