Catholic Central scores late in hard-fought win over Chinook
Some late heroics helped Catholic Central Cougars break open a close game as they defeated the Chinook Coyotes 24-14 in Southern Alberta High School Football League nonconference action Friday night at University of Lethbridge Community Stadium.
Cougars built a 14-0 lead by halftime, but Coyotes battled back to tie the game at 14-14 in the second half.
CCH responded with a late field goal and an interception for a touchdown to break the tie and earn the win in a battle of provincial Tier II clubs.
In exhibition play to open the evening, the LCI Rams rolled to a 35-3 victory over Calgary Ernest Manning Griffins.
The teams played through a scoreless first quarter with LCI drives plagued by penalties and turnovers.
However, Rams got on the board late in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by Joseph Nilsson. The convert was good, making it 7-0 at the half.
Rams continued to roll to open the third quarter, driving 70 yards and capping it off with a nine-yard TD run by Will Boehme to make it 14-0. LCI made it 21-0 before the quarter ended as quarterback Zach Jacobs hit Jace Edwards on a 24-yard TD strike.
After Manning scored on a 21-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, LCI went back to work and made it 28-3 on a 48-yard touchdown run by Brandon Laycock.
Backup LCI quarterback Ryan Evans then rounded out the scoring as he hit Isaiah Bagnah with an eight-yard TD strike.
Edwards converted all five LCI majors.
In Pincher Creek Friday, the Claresholm Willow Creek Cobras beat the the Pincher Creek Mustangs 46-8.
Logan Markland had four touchdowns for the Cobras and Tyler Jones added two interceptions.
In exhibition play in Cardston, the Cougars blanked Medicine Hat Crescent Heights 55-0.
Cardston got majors from seven players as Austen Olsen, Taren Perry, Adyn Card, Rhett Lewis, Taylor Barfuss, Kody Janisko and Briley Heninger each had touchdowns with quarterback Ty Schaffer at the helm.
Olsen added six converts, two safetys and one field goal.
Perry had an interception and was also the Cougars top rusher and tackler.
Ty Schaffer also had an interception.
Janisko was the Cougars top receiver and Brock Fletcher had one fumble recovery.