Young Marauders stay close to league powerhouse

Perry Bergson
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In a game of inches, a downed knee doomed the St. Mary Marauders on Friday evening.

The Marauders ultimately fell 28-16 to the powerhouse Tommy Douglas Tigers in their season opener.

With five minutes left and the score 21-16, the Marauders appeared to turn over the ball after a desperation heave by Tommy Douglas backup quarterback Logan Kelsey was seemingly picked off by Justin Sackney.

"If we get the ball there with our offence, I think the game could be very different," Marauders coach Curt Hundeby said. "It's a long ways from our bench and it was tough to see. Forward momentum was probably stopped but whether he was down or not, I don't know ... Ultimately we have to be able to rely on things other than errant passes and interceptions by second-string quarterbacks."

The play was blown dead by officials, who ruled that his knee had touched the ground.

It was a game effort by a young St. Mary team against Tommy Douglas. 

After a scoreless first quarter, St. Mary went up 2-0 after Tommy Douglas conceded a safety after St. Mary made a defensive stop deep in their own territory.

At 6:41, Tommy Douglas quarterback Logan Fong threw a 52-yeard touchdown strike to Tanner Matchske to put Tommy Douglas up 7-2. Touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters put Tommy Douglas up 21-2.

St. Mary responded quickly.

A 72-year pass play 30 seconds later from Bray Morissette to Evan Parchomchuck pulled St. Mary to 21-9.

Two minutes later, Bryant Sackney, who played on offence, defence and special teams, scampered 58 yards to pull St. Mary to within 21-16.

Tommy Douglas iced the game with 28 seconds left, after St. Mary turned the ball over on downs deep in their own end, when Matchske pulled in a TD pass.

Although Hundeby's team lost -- and he does see things that need to be fixed, he was pleased with his squad.

"I love that we didn't give up three scores down in the fourth quarter against a very good football team, to keep coming back and fighting," he says. "I loved that we stayed very positive on the sidelines. In a situation like that, it's easy to get down and get frustrated."

Final game results were not available before deadline.

Organizations: Tommy Douglas Tigers

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