"After we scored, you could feel it on the bench that finally we were clicking and finally, all the things we've been saying are being done and it's happening," noted Muskie offensive co-ordinator Shane Beckett.
"We used to think he
was busy before and people would tell us, ‘Hey, you've got to have more to the offence than just Terry Carmody,' and that's when he
had 19 carries," noted Beckett
"It was a TSN turning points for sure because they started moving the ball to that side, and we didn't have our main punter out there so they're getting the ball back with good field position," said Beckett
"We had our foot on their throat and we let it off," said Beckett
, by this time, were taking advantage of Wepruk's dismissal and running it effectively-and found themselves inside the Muskies' 10-yard line with five seconds to go.
"They're going for the end zone," said Beckett
That they did.And when the ball touched the hands of the Hornets'
receiver, a couple of Muskie defenders pounced on him to force the ball loose.But . . . a flag.
"They find an open man who gets his
hands on the football and we have two guys collide on the receiver to try and break up the pass, and it was called pass interference," Beckett
said of the questionable call.
But did the receiver touch the ball first before being tackled by the Muskie defenders, which is a legal play?
"We were across the field so it's a tough vantage point," replied Beckett
, trying to tip-toe around the question.
But you know what you saw?
"I think he
had touched the ball first.That's the referee's call and he
made the call he
said the whole thing "felt like something out of a movie."
"You start to feel suffocated," agreed Beckett
"There's always that pit feeling in your stomach that it can't go your way anytime you have to depend on somebody else," said Beckett
The Muskies now will play the Oak Park Raiders, a perennial power in the league.They are 5-1 in the Kas Vidruk Division and easily handled the Kelvin Clippers by a score of 59-0 last Friday.
So the Raiders, who beat the Muskies 46-7 when they faced each other last season, no doubt will come into the game confident.And, in fact, Beckett
is counting on the Raiders to take them for granted-hopefully.
"Terry [Carmody] came off [after the first touchdown] and he
wasn't even happy," said Beckett