The Steinbach Regional Secondary School's junior varsity football team left Oak Park High School with a single point Wednesday night.

Jaxon Gruninger ran for three touchdowns as the Sabres and defending champion Raiders played to a 28-28 tie in the Winnipeg High School Football League season opener for both teams.

"I'm extremely pleased with how our season opener turned out," texted SRSS head coach Kerry Friesen. "We were expecting a very tough Oak Park team who were coming in as the defending champions and who had beaten us this spring."

"I'm not sure how many of our players believed we could beat Oak Park, but after we started moving the ball in the second quarter our boys rallied around each other and put together a very impressive performance that exceeded my own expectations."

Gruninger finished the day with 125 yards on the ground.

The Sabres, who gave up 15 unanswered first quarter points, trailed 15-7 at halftime.

Steinbach Regional took the lead for the first time thanks to an 11-play five minute drive that culminated with quarterback Austin Duerksen punching the ball in from the one-yard line with just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The extra point was blocked making the score 28-22 in favour of the Sabres.

The Raiders found the SRSS end zone and tied the game with 22 seconds remaining.

Oak Park then missed the go-ahead convert.

Gordon Prest and Caelen Poetker both had quarterback sacks in the season opener.

The Sabres next game is Wednesday, September 19th against the St. Paul's Crusaders at A.D. Penner Park.

 

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Friday, February 22nd

CSHL
La Broquerie at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 2-0)
Grunthal vs Red River @ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
(Red Wings lead series 2-1)

MJHL
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

WHSHL
Platinum Promotions Division
SRSS vs Oak Park
@ Steinbach, 7:15 p.m.
(best of 3 Tier II semifinal tied 1-1)

WHL
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
Columbus at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

NBA
San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Springfield 4 Mitchell 2
(best of 5 series tied 2-2)

MJHL
Wpg Blues 4 Virden 2

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Wpg Monarchs 5 Eastman 1

NHL
San Jose 4 Pittsburgh 0
Washington 3 Toronto 2
New Jersey 4 Ottawa 0
Carolina 4 Florida 3
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Montreal 5 Philadelphia 1
Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 1 (SO)
Nashville 2 Los Angeles 1
Dallas 5 St. Louis 2
Edmonton 4 N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
Arizona 3 Vancouver 2 (OT)

NBA
Philadelphia 106 Miami 102
Cleveland 111 Phoenix 98
Portland 113 Brooklyn 99
Milwaukee 98 Boston 97
Golden State 125 Sacramento 123
L.A. Lakers 111 Houston 106

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