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Friday, Jun. 22, 2018
Playoff matchups set in high school football loop
by Randy Pascal

The final week of regular season play is in the books and the playoff matchups are set in the SDSSAA Senior Boys Football League.

But not before a pair of interesting encounters highlighted week six action, with playoff implications in both cases. It started Thursday evening, as the Lo-Ellen Park Knights overcame a 7-0 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns and tripling the Confederation Chargers 21-7.

The Chargers hit the board first, as quarterback Kyle Preseau connected with Ryan Mathewson on a TD strike, before the Knights came storming back. Graeme Stevens hauled in a short pass from Jeffrey Suitor, and later bulldozed his way in from short distance, with Evan Cormier doing the same, as Lo-Ellen improved to 5-1, clinching second place and a first round playoff bye.

Confederation will now face the Lockerby Vikings, who were overmatched 41-3 by the St Benedict Bears on Friday afternoon, dropping to 2-4 and finishing in sixth place. The Bears rode TD runs by Dakota Coggins (2 yds), Max MacGillivray (49 yds), Josh Wilcox (5 yds) and Erik Laframboise (8 yds) to victory, sporting an identical 2-4 record to the Vikes, but taking the tie-breaker by virtue of the head to head triumph.

Coggins also connected with Alain Huneault on a 35 yard pass and run, while MacGillivray converted fix of the six majors for St Benedict. Lockerby countered with a field goal courtesy of Jack Wisniewski.

Thanks to their victory, the Bears now draw the Lively Hawks (4-2) in their quarter-final contest, as the Hawks closed off 2016 with a 51-0 shutout of the winless Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes.

This game was over by half-time, with Lively jumping all over CND to the tune of a 42-0 lead after 24 minutes of play. Connor Kelly and Nicholas Rideout scored two touchdowns apiece to pace the Hawks' offense, with Nick Witzke (10 yd pass from Rideout), Liam Punkari (7 yd pass from Rideout) and Andrew Elliot (32 yd run) also reaching the end zone.

Lively slipped past St Benedict by a score of 9-7 when the teams met in regular season play back on September 30th. The final regular season battle was somewhat anti-climatic, as the St Charles College Cardinals closed out their unbeaten 6-0 campaign with a 41-6 defeat over the 1-5 Lasalle Lancers.

St Charles' quarterback Nathan Rivet tossed TD passes of 15 yards to Gage Louis and 29 yards to Andrew Foley, while Carter Struk (12 yd and 35 yd runs), Bankamina "Djuwa" N'Galamulume (45 yards) and Dylan McLaughlin (10 yards) scored on the ground for the Cardinals.

Luke Crepeau countered with the only touchdown of the game for Lasalle, who join Notre-Dame on the outside looking in as the post-season begins this Tuesday. Confederation and Lockerby will lock horns at 5:30 p.m. at the James Jerome Sports Complex, with Lively and St Benedict following suit at 8:00 p.m.

Semi-finals are scheduled for this coming Saturday evening (October 29th), with the 2016 city final on the docket on Friday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. on the turf.

A side note for those keeping tabs:

Randy's Pre-Season Predictions (vs actual record)
1st - St Charles - 6-0 (actual 6-0)
2nd - Lo-Ellen - 5-1 (actual 5-1)
3rd - Confederation - 4-2 (actual 4-2)
4th - Lively - 4-2 (actual 4-2)
5th - St Benedict - 3-3 (actual 2-4)
6th - Lockerby - 2-4 (actual 2-4)
7th - Lasalle - 1-5 (actual 1-5)
8th - Notre-Dame - 0-6 (actual 0-6)
* the discrepency for St Ben's was due to the fact that predictions were prepared before Bishop Carter dropped out - the revamped schedule would see a sure fire win for the Bears replaced with one extra game against the top four of the league
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