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Coach Towriss on game vs. Manitoba

Huskie Coach, Brian Towriss and counterpart Jeff Stead, of the Alberta Golden Bears, shake hands following the “Support Our Troops” game (photo Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

After a convincing home victory over Alberta, the Huskies are hitting the road this afternoon for Winnipeg, and a matchup with the Manitoba Bisons. Coach Towriss spoke with Huskie Outsider Wednesday evening about facing a more experienced opponent, this weekend, in the Bisons. “They’re certainly much better along the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball, than Alberta. On offence, they have about 3 juniors in there, so they haven’t played together a lot. A couple of those guys are pretty good football players, coming from the PFC Rifles’ team. But there are some technique things that should allow our guys to get some pressure.” BT then went on to discuss a key to the game. “We’ve got to shut down the run. If we can make them pass, then I think we’re going to be in pretty good shape.” Coach Towriss then discussed the challenge his offence will face. “On the other side of the ball, Manitoba is a fairly veteran group, and they’re athletic. But we’ll have guys open if we throw the ball on time; if we sit and hang onto the ball we’ll be in a bit of trouble.” Coach Towriss sees the Bisons as a team headed in the right direction. “They aren’t where they were about 4 years ago, but they are improving and they’re a good, solid football team. We have to go out and battle, not give up anything big, and see what happens.”

Looking at the Huskies’ own performance from last week, the Huskie coach sees a few areas needing improvement. “We have to play consistently for 4 quarters. We didn’t score many points in the second half against Alberta; we moved the ball a bit, but we didn’t get down into scoring position. We’ll have to put together a 60 minute effort to win this one – scoring points in one half isn’t going to do it. It’s supposed to be a pretty nice day, but wind typically dominates games in Winnipeg. If that is the case, we have to be sharp and score when we have the wind.”

In the lead up to Saturday’s game, you can look forward to Dallas’ game preview, take part in a fan poll, and brace yourselves for another round of statistical predictions in our regular “Three Downs” feature. One football website has already weighed in with their prediction, and they see Manitoba as too tough of a task for the Huskies, listing the Dogs as a 6 point underdog. Time will soon tell if the Huskies, predicted by opposing CanWest coaches as a non-playoff team this year, can build off last week’s good result and prove some people wrong on Saturday.