LACOMBE — Two of the more explosive offences in the City Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League hooked up Friday at ME Global Athletic Park and the result was a thriller.
The 3-0 Notre Dame Cougars came from behind to edge the 1-2 Lacombe Rams 39-33.
Brandon Heidinger tied the game on a 74-yard pass and run play with quarterback Devin Desormeau at 5:50 of the fourth quarter and Johannes Smith scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a three-year run at 8:44 to break the tie.
Earlier Smith scored on runs of 20, one and 72 yards. He finished the game with 309 yards rushing on 28 carries.
Reese Guhl, on a 10-yard pass, also scored a touchdown for the Cougars while Isaac Colosimo kicked three converts.
David Mueller, on a 38-yard punt return and a three-yard run, scored two majors for the Rams with quarterback Jonathan Ericson scoring on a three-yard run, and throwing a 47-yard touchdown strike to Richard Jans and a 10-yard pass to Simon Gray.
The Rams led three times during the game, but couldn’t control the Cougars offence which finished with 392 yards rushing and 136 passing.
The Rams had 46 yards on the ground and 260 in the air.
Justin Fedun had nine rushes for 52 yards for the Cougars while Kyle Popp had 36 yards in nine carries for Lacombe.
Mueller caught four passes for 105 yards with Logan Ellis hauling in four passes for 80 yards and Jans three for 59.
Lightning 20 Raiders 7
Eric Thomson hauled in touchdown passes of eight, 30 and two yards to led the Hunting Hills Lightning to a 20-7 win over the Lindsay Thurber Raiders.
Jalen Somerville kicked a pair of converts. Kade Best scored for the Raiders with Sean Vandervlis kicking the convert.