Central Alberta Bucs fall to Calgary Wolfpack in crazy AFL Championship game

The Central Alberta Buccanneers came up just short in pursuit of their first Alberta Football League title.

It was a heartbreaker in Calgary for the Bucs, falling 30-26 to the Wolfpack.

The Bucs led 10-7 at halftime.

On the first play of the second half, the visitors recovered a fumble and Jarrett Burzuk found Ben Hnatiuk for a touchdown that put them ahead 17-7.

Late in the third quarter, Burzuk was intercepted in the endzone by Sederric Cunningham. Wolfpack quarterback Darryl Leason punched in a QB sneak early in the fourth quarter to get Calgary within four.

Leason threw for another touchdown with 5:53 to play and put the Wolfpack up 22-19. On third down with 84 seconds to play, Hantiuk filling in at quarterback hit Tylor Johannesson for a 40-yard score.

Then on second and goal with 30 seconds to play, Leason punched the ball in. He was named the AFL Championship MVP.

Hnatiuk was unable to finish the game and was taking off in an ambulance with just 16 seconds remaining.

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

Just Posted

Education minister targeting more money to classes

Alberta Education announces new funding model

Indoor farmers market survey underway

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce sponsors survey

New Red Deer utility rates take effect March 1

The City of Red Deer has increased its utility fees. Beginning March… Continue reading

Trudeau says Wet’suwet’en crisis, rail blockades a critical moment for country

First Nations leaders suggest it may be time to peacefully end the blockades

Four people charged in drug trafficking investigation

Rocky Mountain House RCMP execute search warrant

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

New highway to B.C. proposed

The Howse Pass shortcut to British Columbia is worth taking another look… Continue reading

Stolen car provides opportunity to try out public transit

I had my car stolen on Jan. 10, just as our one… Continue reading

Ottawa changing stress test rate for insured mortgages starting April 6

OTTAWA — The federal government is changing the stress test rate for… Continue reading

PM urges patience, promises reconciliation in face of anti-pipeline blockades

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to redouble reconciliation efforts with… Continue reading

Champagne campaigns for Security Council in Trudeau’s place at Caribbean summit

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne wrapped two days of meetings… Continue reading

‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Anne with an E’ lead Canadian Screen Awards pack

TORONTO — It will be a celebrated ending for Schitt’s Creek and… Continue reading

Prison watchdog raises concerns of ‘culture of impunity’

OTTAWA — Canada’s prison watchdog is raising concerns about the safety, rights… Continue reading

Most Read