Stettler Cougar Gerson Gamponia runs with the ball as he tries to avoid getting tackled by opponent Olds player in their game on Saturday

Cougars and Panthers play for championships

Stettler Cougars gave one of their season-best performances to win their home game against Olds 23-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Stettler Cougars gave one of their season-best performances to win their home game against Olds 23-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Cougar players Brett Mercier, Cole Nichols and Curtis Myshaniuk scored the three touchdowns of the game, with Nichols also scoring a convert and a field goal.

“Defence played their most complete game of the year,” said Desmond Ansorger, defensive coordinator. “The whole team played a physical game, but we have a lot of work to do to prepare for next week.”

According to Head Coach Ernie Shirreff, the offence took much better care of the ball.

“We did a much better job of preventing turnovers,” Shirreff said. “Our defence played very well, with three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.”

Stettler Cougars are headed to the Central Football League (level 2) championship and will play Lindsay Thurber next Saturday, Oct. 5, in a home game.

Panthers to play Steelers for championshipPanthers had a great game against Innisfail as they defeated them 19-7, with the opponents scoring a touchdown and convert in the last few seconds.

Innisfail dominated Stettler in their first matchup so the Panthers knew they were in for a difficult game, but right from the kickoff Stettler showed that this game was going to be different.

“Kyle Dennis took the opening kickoff for a touchdown and gave Stettler a very early 6-0 lead,” said Head Coach Ernie Shirreff.

But the key moment of the game came with Innisfail marching down the field and with a first and goal from Stettler’s four-yard line looked certain to score, but failed.

“Stettler’s defence dug in and stopped them,” Shirreff added. “Innisfail then intercepted a pass on Stettler’s possession and was first and goal from the eight. Stettler stopped them again and on Stettler’s next possession Kyle Dennis went 104 yards to give Stettler a 12-0 lead.”

Dennis scored one more touchdown with Carter Kranzler catching a pass for the single point conversion, but Innisfail managed to score on the final play of the game giving Stettler a 19-7 victory.

“Stettler’s defence was physical and dominated Innisfail allowing them very little room to move all game,” Shirreff added.

Stettler will play Red Deer Steelers on Saturday, Nov. 5, for the Central Pee Wee Football League (level 2) championship.

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