Several local football teams are in action for provincial playoffs this weekend in Red Deer and Lacombe.
In the High School Tier 1 North Regional Semifinals, the Lindsay Thurber Raiders host the Grande Prairie Warriors at 1:30 p.m. saturday at Great Chief Park. The teams met earlier this year for an exhibition game, which resulted in a Lindsay Thurber victory, and are both coming off losses in their respective league championships.
Following that game, the Hunting Hills Lightning will take on the Robert Thirsk Comets at 4 p.m. in the Tier 2 North Regional Semifinals. These two teams met in this same game two seasons ago with the Lightning winning a nail biter 28-25. Both teams features high-powered offences which should make for an explosive game this weekend.
Out in Lacombe, the HJ Cody Lakers take on the Holy Rosary Raiders in Tier 3 North Semifinals action. These two programs know each other very well having played in this game in 2015 and 2016, both wins for the Raiders. Both teams also share the fact that they advanced to their respective league championships and lost. Game time Saturday is at 1:30 p.m.
In the Tier 4 North Semifinals, the Stettler Wildcats take on the Ardrossan Bisons in Sherwood Park. These teams each enter the game undefeated on the season.
In 6-man Quarterfinals play, the reigning provincial champion Rimbey Spartans take on the Millwoods Christian Royals at MEGlobal Athletic Park (Friday, 4 p.m.), followed by the Caroline Cougars vs. Breton Cougars at 6:00 p.m.
In Bantam Tier 2 Provincial Semifinals play, the Edmonton Mustangs and Sylvan Lake Lions will battle at Great Chief Park. In the Tier 3 Semifinals, the Lethbridge Jr. Cougars visit the Lacombe Raiders at MEGlobal Athletic Park. Both games kick off Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
The Pee Wee Tier 3 Provincial Final between the Lloydminster Colts and Lacombe Explosion goes Saturday at 4 p.m. at MEGlobal Athletic Park. The Explosion blanked the Red Deer Hornets 40-0 in last Saturday’s league final and have allowed just 10 points against this season.
(With file from Football Alberta media release)
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