Steelers win provincial title

The Red Deer Steelers are provincial champions. The Steelers captured the Alberta Tier III peewee football championship with an entertaining 16-8 victory over the Calgary Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Great Chief Park.

Red Deer Steeler Graydon Perrott out runs Calgary Bulldogs Michael Ferencki

The Red Deer Steelers are provincial champions.

The Steelers captured the Alberta Tier III peewee football championship with an entertaining 16-8 victory over the Calgary Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Great Chief Park.

Quarterback Ben Pasiuk and an outstanding defensive stand proved to be the difference in the game.

Pasiuk broke an 8-8 tie in the third quarter when he darted outside and went 53-yards for a touchdown on a third-and-one gamble. Owen Smith kicked his second two-point convert. Kicked converts at the peewee level are worth two points.

The Steelers defence then came up with a brilliant goal-line stand late in the third quarter, stopping the Bulldogs on three straight plays from the one yard line.

After a scoreless first quarter the Steelers jumped into an 8-0 lead on a one-yard run by Grayden Perrott and a Smith convert.

But the Bulldogs came back to tie it before the half on an 84-yard punt return.

l In other provincial peewee championship action the Camrose Buffalos downed the Innisfail Cyclones 34-12 in Tier IV play at Great Chief Park while the Edmonton Chargers beat the Calgary Mavericks 57-40 in the Tier I final and the Calgary Falcons stopped the Mill Woods Maulers 22-0 in the Tier II game.

l Meanwhile all three Central Alberta teams were eliminated in the bantam semifinals.

The Central Football League champion Stettler Cougars were defeated 20-12 by the St. Albert Fury in Tier II play while in Tier III action the Olds Bulldogs lost 40-0 to the Edmonton Black Raiders.

In the Tier IV division, the Wetaskiwin Warriors lost 28-9 to the Fort McMurray Ravens.

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