STETTLER — The Stettler Wildcats downed the Sylvan Lake Lakers 57-28 Saturday afternoon to take third place in the Central Alberta High School Football League, but more important qualified to compete in the provincials tier III championships which open Saturday.
Braden Nelson led the Wildcats with 168 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Parker Cassidy added a pair of majors while rushing for 51 yards on nine carries, Tyler Stewart had 51 yards on three carries.
Clayton Steen, Stephen Zuk and Austin Cherewko added touchdowns for Stettler and Frank Van Ommeren added seven converts.
Tyler Ledwos and Trent Kondor had two touchdowns each for the Lakers while Ledwos added a convert and a field goal.
Kondor rushed for 121 yards on eight carries while Ledwos had 82 yards on seven carries.
Chase Hoffman connected on 13 of 18 passes for 110 yards with Ledwos catching 10 for 74 yards.
The Wildcats will face St. Paul in the provincials.
Meanwhile in other action the West Central Rebels of Rocky Mountain House beat the Wetaskiwin Sabres 28-12 to take fifth place while the Lacombe Rams placed seventh with a 55-6 win over the Camrose Trojans.
Cooper Woods had three touchdowns and Thomas Soodsma one for the Rebels with Devin Chatenay kicking four converts.
The Rebels will compete in the tier IV provincials and visit Cold Lake Saturday.
Lacombe dominated the Trojans, finishing with 168 yards rushing and 287 passing while Camrose had minus-33 yards rushing and 83 passing.
Carter Waldbauer had a pair of touchdowns for the Rams with Dustin Bomback, Zac Bailey, Josh Prevost, Judah Knip, Dylan Olsen and Ashton Jones adding single majors. Austin Ericson had a single and six converts.
Prevost rushed for 48 yards on nine carries while Adam Goode had 43 yards on two tries.
Ericson completed 123 of 26 passes with Bailey grabbing four for 107 yards, Knip three for 81 and Bailey two for 68.