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.

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