Several graduating Huskies closed out their home stadium careers with fine performances during a 54-26 rout of the UBC Thunderbirds. Mitch Friesen had 2 interceptions, David Rybinski recorded a sack along with another tackle for a loss, and Braeden George had 4 recepions including 1 TD. Huskie Outsider spoke with each of them following the game.
“I was telling the other guys that I was thinking about this last night,” Mitch Friesen commented about his last home game. “You start dreaming about getting 3, 4, or 5 interceptions,” he added with a laugh. “So it was awesome to come out here and get a couple.”
“I was emotionally charged up coming out of the gate,” said a fired up David Rybinski about the pre-game introduction reserved for he, George, and Bryce McCall. “I carried that emotion into the game. I really feel that the entire team gave a full physical and emotional effort out there. What didn’t show up on the scoreboard was the amount of effort that we’ve put into this. We really challenged each other, across all position groups, to be at our best. It was great to see it on the field.”
“I had a feeling that Schneids (offensive coordinator, Brent Schneider) was trying to get me the ball a couple of times earlier, but it didn’t work out,” Braeden George commented about making a touchdown reception in his final home game. “The TD pass was a great ball thrown by Drew; there was pretty good cover zero defence by UBC, so it was just a 1 on 1 man route. I had to beat my man and did. It was a nice way to cap off a great game.” George has a had a productive season with 26 receptions. He also added extra value to the Huskie offence by being able to move to wide receiver for a couple of games, earlier in the season, when the Dogs were without several receivers due to injury. “I’m willing to do whatever I can to help out the team,” Braeden said of moving to wide receiver before returning to slotback. “I love playing different positions; I’ve been here long enough that I know the whole offence and I’m happy to play wherever I’m needed.”
While the Huskies still have a few injured players on their roster, they will enter the playoffs as healthy as they’ve been all season. “We’ve gotten some of our offensive weapons back, and some of the younger guys are getting more comfortable with their role in the offence. We feel pretty good going into the playoffs.”
David Rybinski also weighed in on the lineup that has gotten healthier: “It’s a scary thing when it’s your team that is gaining the momentum.”
Next up for the Huskies is a the Canada West semifinal, in Regina, against the Rams. A good Rams team handed the Huskies a 9 point defeat in week #4, and Friesen, George, and Rybinski are each looking forward to a chance at redemption. “We owe them,” Friesen stated about the earlier loss. “We had a huge crowd here a few weeks ago (over 9000 fans), and we kind of laid an egg.”
“Regina’s a great team,” added Braeden. “but they’re definitely beatable. We’re all looking forward to it already.”
“It’s always a big game,” Rybinski said about the intra-provicial clash. “Now our backs are against the wall and our playoff lives are on the line.”
Throughout the weekend, Huskie Outsider will be back with more comments and reaction from Huskie players. We’ll also be handing out our game balls.