Lindsay Thurber Raiders wideout Dayton Smythe catches a pass in the first quarter of the Football Alberta High School Provincial Tier I playoffs Friday at Great Chief Park against the Grande Prairie Warriors.  Lindsay Thurber got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Spencer Juricic in the first quarter, as the running back ran for more than 100 yards on two rushes in the first 12 minutes of the game. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Lindsay Thurber Raiders battle Ross Sheppard in provincial football semis

After thumping the Grande Prairie Warriors last week, the Lindsay Thurber Raiders have a chance to advance to the Football Alberta Tier I provincial football final.

Lindsay Thurber earned a 49-0 win on home turf last weekend and the number 10 ranked Raiders will travel to Edmonton for a date with the Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon. The winner advances to the provincial final.

The Lacombe Rams are in the Tier II southern final Saturday afternoon against the Holy Trinty Knights in Calgary. Lacombe won its first city title in 30 years against Lindsay Thurber, before defeating Our Lady of the Rockies last week. Holy Trinty is the defending provincial champions, winning the title in 2019. The winner advances to the Tier II provincial final.

In six-man action, the Rimbey Spartans will travel to Edmonton Saturday to square off with the Millwoods Christian Royals in the northern final. The two teams have met five times in the past including three straight in the provincial final with Millwoods Christian taking the first contest 42-36 in 2012, followed by two straight Rimbey wins in 2013 (55-52) and 2014 (36-6).

This season both teams have poured it on with the Royals undefeated to this point and the Spartans only loss coming at the hands of the top-ranked ranked J.C. Charyk Hawks.