Cougars down Ponoka in final league game

The Notre Dame Cougars put the finishing touches on their 2013 Central Alberta High School Football League season with a 38-20 victory over the Ponoka Broncs in the ninth-place game at Great Chief Park Wednesday.

The Notre Dame Cougars put the finishing touches on their 2013 Central Alberta High School Football League season with a 38-20 victory over the Ponoka Broncs in the ninth-place game at Great Chief Park Wednesday.

Grade 10 running back Parker Dahl gave the Cougars’ coaching staff and their fans a taste of what will come over the next two seasons as he carried the ball 17 times for 195 yards and a touchdown.

Luc Laplante scored a pair of touchdowns for the Cougars on a 33-yard run and an 11-yard pass from quarterback Keegan MacDonald.

Jesse Kowalchuk, on an 11-yard pass, and Joe McQuay, on a one-yard plunge, added the other touchdowns for the Cougars. Eric Meraw added a field goal and four converts. Theoren Gill added a single.

Ruger Dye had a touchdown on a 105-yard kick return for the Broncs and added a two-point convert. He also threw touchdown passes of 25 and 39 yards to Jared Davis and Cameron Kirstein.

Kowalchuk had one run for 57 yards while Laplante carried the ball three times for 45 yards.

Dye had 43 yards rushing on 11 carries and Cody Crier 43 yards on five tries.

MacDonald completed four of eight passes for 39 yards while Dye hit on 13 of 24 attempts for 177 yards.

Jacobi Buffalo grabbed four passes for 52 yards for the Broncs.

Playoff action continues Friday with the West Central Rebels of Rocky Mountain House at the Lindsay Thurber Raiders at 4 p.m. and the Hunting Hills Lightning hosting the Wetaskiwin Sabres at 7 p.m. Both games are at Great Chief Park.

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