The home stretch of the Huskies’ regular season gets underway with the “Blackout” game, this Friday, at Griffiths Stadium, vs. the Manitoba Bisons. The Dogs, coming off of a two game skid, are excited see the return of some veterans to the lineup as they prepare for a rematch with Manitoba after dropping a close, 3 point game to the Bisons, in Winnipeg, last month. Huskie Coach, Brian Towriss spoke with Huskie Outsider earlier this week.
The Huskies used their bye week as an opportunity to get rested and refreshed after holding only two practices. “We practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week,” Coach Towriss stated about the bye week. “We went back to fundamentals, especially on special teams; we did a lot of special teams drill work. We also got the young kids in there for about a 20 play scrimmage.”
The extra week provided the Dogs with an opportunity be refreshed and return some healthy bodies to the lineup. “You can see that guys have a little more jump in their step. We’re also getting some enthusiastic guys back; Garrett Burgess is back in the lineup and he’s always flying around and having some fun. That kind of stuff is contagious. We don’t have everybody, but we’ve got some guys back and we’re going to have a bit more punch than we had in Calgary.”
Friday’s game is important to both teams, and a win is a necessity for the Huskies to be able to finish the regular season in third place. There’s no reason to think that Friday’s game won’t be as closely contested as the first game between these two teams. “They’ve improved, but I think we have as well. This is one that matters – if we want a shot at third place we have to win this one, and win it by more than 3 points I guess (in order to win the season points for/against battle with the Bisons). Our backs are against the wall now. I think we’ll be better. Chase has had another week of first team reps; he’s throwing the ball better and his timing is better. We’re looking forward to Friday.” BT was asked if he expects to see Manitoba make many changes from September’s game. “They’ve also had a week off to put some things in, so there will be some wrinkles that we haven’t seen yet; everybody puts some stuff in during the bye week. It should be a heck of a game.”
Coach Towriss was asked for his thoughts to the first five weeks of what has been a bit of an up and down season for the Huskies. “We lost a couple of close ones in the first half of the season. We’ve played 4 fairly decent football games; we didn’t play very well in Calgary, and they’re very good. Now it’s crunch time and we’ve got to scrape out a couple of wins. This is a big game here on Friday. If we win this game, we can get to four or five wins and finish in third place; we’ll only worry about this game for now. If we don’t get this one, it really comes down to the last week against UBC.”
Later this afternoon, the Dogs will go through their walkthrough for tomorrow’s game. Check back regularly for more articles, including Dallas’ game preview, the Outsider crew’s weekly “Three Downs” feature, and a player interview conducted by a young Huskie fan. Also, another live episode of Outsider TV will take place prior to kickoff.