Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff-Lacombe football --- Lacombe Ram Ben Arifin is hauled down by Lindsay Thurber Raider Bryce Maki during first quarter high school football action against the Lacombe Rams at Great Chief Park on Thursday.

Lighting take down Cougars

The Hunting Hills Lightning were electric through the air and via the overland route Thursday night at Great Chief Park. The two-pronged attack resulted in a 28-7 victory over the Notre Dame Cougars before 556 fans and created a three-way tie for top spot in the Tier 1/2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League.

Lightning 28 Cougars 7

The Hunting Hills Lightning were electric through the air and via the overland route Thursday night at Great Chief Park.

The two-pronged attack resulted in a 28-7 victory over the Notre Dame Cougars before 556 fans and created a three-way tie for top spot in the Tier 1/2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League.

“We just played well. Our defence was firing off the ball and our offence was finally clicking like we knew we can,” said Lightning quarterback Brett Barrett, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 204 yards before being replaced by Eric Thomson in the final minute of the third quarter.

Earlier in the day, the Lindsay Thurber Raiders rolled up nearly 400 yards of offence in a 34-6 rout of the visiting Lacombe Rams.

The Lightning scored on their first possession and never looked back. Barrett teamed up with Braydon Moorman on a 51-yard pass-and-run play that set up a two-yard quarterback sneak for the early lead.

Barrett hit Kaden Hall with a 35-yard scoring toss five minutes into the second quarter and then hooked up with Linden Petersen on a 42-yard passing play to give Hunting Hills a comfortable 21-0 lead at the half.

“Our offensive line is awesome. I think they’re one of the top units in the league,” said Barrett. “They gave me time all game to drop back and find the open receiver.”

Thomson was zero-for-four passing but gave the Lightning a 28-0 lead when he scooted 10 yards around the left end for a major two minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Cougars mounted a late march and finally got on the board on Justin Fedun’s two-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds remaining. Eric Meraw converted the major.

Moorman converted all four Hunting Hills touchdowns and hauled in five passes for 113 yards. Brandt Burzuk caught four balls for 56 yards, Petersen grabbed three passes for 49 yards and Hall had two receptions for 51 yards.

“We have tons of receivers who can make plays, tons of great athletes who are tall and fast. It’s perfect,” said Barrett.

Burzuk was also a major weapon on the ground, running for 139 on eight carries. Johannes Smith led all Notre Dame rushers with 69 yards on 20 carries and Fedun accumulated 56 yards on seven trips.

Cougars quarterback Keegan McDonald completed three passes to Jesse Kowalchuk, while Dagbarani caught two balls for 35 yards. Devin Desormeau was behind the controls in the fourth quarter and was good on two of four passes.

“They (Lightning) were poised and we weren’t very good,” said Cougars head coach Gino Castellan. “We haven’t improved since last week and they have improved quite a bit since their last game. They looked sharp. We just didn’t come to play and we have to make some adjustments.”

The Lightning improved to 2-1, a record shared by Notre Dame and Lindsay Thurber. Hunting Hills opened the season with a narrow loss to the Raiders, then rolled over Lacombe last week before turning in their best performance of the season Thursday.

“The first game we didn’t feel like we played like ourselves,” said Barrett. “We were kind of nervous, for a lot of the guys that was their first time starting. Tonight we kind of got back to what we do and we really wanted to make a statement.”

The Lightning will return to action Sept. 26 at Great Chief Park for an exhibition game against the Cochrane Cougars.

“It will give us a chance to get all our young kids in the game and try and few different things,” said Castellan.

The Lightning will take on visiting Grande Prairie St. Joe’s in another exhibition contest 24 hours later.

Raiders 34 Rams 6

Lindsay Thurber head coach Dave Smith was hoping his squad would re-establish its identity Thursday.

Mission accomplished.

The Raiders passed for 191 yards and matched that total on the ground en route to a one-sided win over the Rams at Great Chief Park. The win helped ease the sting of a 22-20 loss to Notre Dame six days earlier.

“We kind of had a bit of a gut check and challenged our defence to come out and play better and they sure did,” said Smith. “They set the tone at the beginning and gave us some breathing room and then our offence started to click.

“It’s always a good game against Lacombe and we were just looking to get back and find who we are again. We played physical and created havoc on defence.”

T.K. Kunaka scored two touchdowns for the Raiders, including one on a punt return. David Dunbar and quarterback Ben Pasiuk accounted for the other Lindsay Thurber majors, while the Raiders got a safety, a field goal from Kolbi Street, a single off a missed field goal and two converts from Dunbar.

Pasiuk was good on nine of 15 passes, hitting Kunaka three times for 75 yards and completing two to Dunbar for 87 yards. Pasiuk was also the game’s top rusher with 87 yards.

The Rams’ lone points came on a late 70-yard punt return by David Mueller. A two-point convert attempt failed.

Mueller and Zachary Bailey combined to pass for 40 yards. The visitors managed 54 yards rushing.

Just Posted

Physicians urge Ottawa to pay another $21B over decade for seniors health care

OTTAWA — Physicians are calling on the federal government to shell out… Continue reading

‘I didn’t want to do something frivolous’: Sting’s play to make Toronto debut

TORONTO — Drawing Canadian theatregoers to a politically charged musical about an… Continue reading

Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

TOKYO — The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on… Continue reading

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales up 1.4 per cent in May

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales increased 1.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Former Mountie who fired Taser at Robert Dziekanski drops appeal of sentence

VANCOUVER — The former RCMP constable who fired a Taser at a… Continue reading

Updated: SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

Driver taken to hospital after SUV veered off 30th Avenue into Anders

Adam Henrique signs $29.1M, 5-year extension with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year… Continue reading

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends

NEW YORK — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was… Continue reading

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have… Continue reading

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business… Continue reading

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber falls to Bryce Harper in Home Run Derby final

WASHINGTON — Nationals Park was eerily quiet late Monday when Kyle Schwarber… Continue reading

Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

HONOLULU — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent… Continue reading

Banff holds blessing ceremony with Indigenous elders before letting bison roam

BANFF, Alta. — Several Indigenous elders were flown by helicopter into the… Continue reading

Research expedition looks at unseen depths of Labrador Sea ecosystem

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Last summer, a team of scientists returned from… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month