The Sylvan Lake Lions are league champions for the first time.
The newly crowned bantam champions defeated the Notre Dame Cougars 20-6 in their Nov. 3 match up at Great Chief Park.
“The Notre Dame Cougars are the defending provincial champions and league champions, so we knew we had quite the challenge playing them,” said Head Coach Geoff Rambaut. “Our kids played really well and executed our game plan perfectly.”
“It was an unreal game. It was great,” added Rambaut.
The game featured three big plays on the gridiron by the Lions.
The Lions had a 65-yard touchdown run on their first offensive play of the game and then in the third quarter the offense did a pitch pass back to the quarterback to put the Lions up by a full touchdown.
On the second last play of the game the Lions returned an interception for a touchdown locking themselves into provincials.
The Lions will play in the provincial semi-final game at Great Chief Park on Nov. 10 against the Edmonton Mustangs. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.
Coach Rambaut says the biggest concern going into the game is the unknown.
“We have a pretty good idea of what teams in our area do, but once you get into the provincial level it becomes a little murky as to what other teams do for an offence and defence,” explained Rambaut, who added the Lions will be prepared for anything they could possibly see on the field in on Saturday.
“Come out on Saturday morning and cheer us on,” continued Rambaut. “… The more fans we have the better.”
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