Bert Church Chargers knock-off Hunting Hills Lightning

Bert Church Chargers knock-off Hunting Hills Lightning

Passing game powers the Chargers to victory

Chargers 30 Lightning 20

The Bert Chruch Chargers were too much to handle for the Hunting Hills Lightning in the Alberta Schools Athletic Association Tier II south regional semifinal.

The Chargers brought their A-game up Highway 2 Saturday and despite bitterly cold conditions and an icy field, the visitors passed their way to a 30-20 victory at Great Chief Park.

Hunting Hills didn’t have their best effort under tough conditions and were forced to play from behind almost the entire contest.

“Conditions and weather weren’t great, but we’ve played the last two games in that. Bert Church played real well. They made more plays. I don’t want to discredit what they did, but today just wasn’t our day,” Lightning head coach Kyle Sedgwick said.

“We didn’t get a lot of bounces. Just big plays we weren’t ready for and they made them. Credit to them.”

On the opening kickoff, it started poorly for the home side, as Evan Stahl fumbled for the Lightning and it led to points for the Chargers.

Bert Church drove down the field but on a third and goal from the one-yard line, the Lightning held the fort and kept the Chargers out.

Hunting Hills wasn’t able to get anything going on offence and conceded a safety on third down early in the game.

Momentum finally swung in favour of the home side midway through the second quarter, when Lucas Fuerbringer punched in a one-yard touchdown.

Bert Church’s passing game picked up late in the half, hitting on a deep ball and then Balise Newberry caught a seven-yard score from quarterback Tristan Remus-Arevalo.

With just two seconds left in the half after another deep pass, Remus-Arevalo hit Colter Cannon for his first touchdown of the day to put the Chargers ahead 16-7.

That was a backbreaker for the Lightning.

“Big score at the end of the first half, off a big play they had down the middle of the field,” Sedgwick said.

Still, the home side refused to go away quietly, burying a pair of field goals to cut the deficit to 16-14 through three quarters.

“We controlled the ball well, had to settle for field goals and at this time of year, you have to get into the endzone. Credit to Bert Church,” Sedgwick added.

Late in the fourth, Bert Church hit on another passing touchdown to take a 23-14 advantage.

With less than two minutes to play, Joe Hunt took the kickoff to the house and got the home side within three. Hunting Hills couldn’t recover the onside kick and the Chargers converted a deep 20-yard pass to put the game away.

“This time of year is tough, there’s only one team that wins the last game of the year,” Sedwick said.

“Now we have to go deal with emotions of Grade 12s who put in a tremendous amount for us and have won a lot of games for us, but then we’ll take some time and celebrate the successes.”

In the Tier IV north regional semifinal, Stettler lost 25-23 to the Ardrossan Bisons. Sylvan Lake also fell in the Tier III north division semis, losing 24-5 on Friday.

Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Bert Church Chargers knock-off Hunting Hills Lightning

Just Posted

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Major General Dany Fortin look on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Pfizer-BioNTech cutting back vaccine deliveries to Canada due to production issues

OTTAWA — Procurement Minister Anita Anand says production issues in Europe will… Continue reading

A stainless steel monolith is set up along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, in a Jan. 15, 2021 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Alberta monolith comes with message to save eastern slopes of Rocky Mountains

Installed it with the help of volunteers after getting permission from private landowners

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Donald Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and decorated combat veteran from Texas among the most prominent supporters

Harvest Meats is recalling a brand of Polish sausages. (Photo by Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
Harvest Meats recalls sausages over undercooking

Recall affects customers in Alberta

TSA officers wear protective masks at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday, May 18, 2020, in SeaTac, Wash. Airlines say they are stepping up security on flights to Washington before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Delta, United and Alaska airlines said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

Bans start Saturday and run through Inauguration Day until Jan. 23

Lesser Slave Lake UCP MLA Pat Rehn. (Facebook)
Updated: Jason Kenney kicks Lesser Slave Lake MLA out of caucus

Pat Rehn will not be permitted to run for UCP nominations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials says it will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Coal mining a concern

Thank you for the Canadian Press article in the Advocate on Jan.… Continue reading

In this photo taken from a video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, A Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber fires a cruise missile at test targets, during a military drills, Russia. The Russian military has conducted sweeping drills of its strategic nuclear forces that featured several practice missile launches. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

U.S. completed its withdrawal from the pact in November

FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, China’s Sun Yang leaves the pool deck following the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay heats at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The World Anti-Doping Agency says a Swiss court has overturned an eight-year doping ban against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang and ordered the case back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a second time but with a different chairman of the judges. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
Swiss supreme court details anti-China bias of Sun judge

Hostile social media posts by Court of Arbitration for Sport judge Franco Frattini

FILE - In this Saturday, March 7, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba passes the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles. Bonding between veterans and youngsters has been a time-honored tradition in hockey. But in yet another setback related to the relentless COVID-19, NHL protocols aiming to curb the virus spread and keep the schedule on track could make that vital off-ice development of camaraderie more difficult. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Mentors wanted: Virus limits vet-rookie time away from rink

Bonding between veterans and youngsters has been a time-honoured tradition

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020 file photo, NFL Super Bowl 54 football game halftime performer Jennifer Lopez answers questions at a news conference in Miami. Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation’s 46th president next Wednesday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen will offer remote performances

An example of a child’s artwork during the COVID-19 pandemic is shown in a handout. Many of the children’s drawings show people alone, haunted by shadowy spectres, or worse, their own thoughts.The researcher behind the project says the virtual gallery of illustrations by Canadian kids and teenagers showcases a wide variety of visions of the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/
‘This is too much’: Art shows children’s struggles during pandemic, says researcher

Recurring themes include confined figures, screaming faces and gory imagery

Bentley Blessing Pantry continues to faithfully serve the community

‘We just wanted to make everyone aware that we are still here to serve you throughout this coming year.’

Most Read