It's playoff season.
After a solid regular season, Sturgeon Composite High School's football team is preparing for the division playoffs.
The Spirits finished second overall in the Gilfillan Division with six wins and one loss, tying their first-place rivals, St. Francis Xavier.
Head coach Chad Hill described a week five loss to St. Francis as full of penalties against a good team that was ultimately too much to overcome. The Spirits lost 13-23 against St. Francis after they wore the Spirits down in the second half.
"I give them a lot of credit, but we were also our own worst enemy of that game as well," said Hill.
Week six was an uphill battle against Fort Saskatchewan with several injuries and players shuffling into new positions. In the deciding game for the playoffs, Sturgeon Composite eventually came on top with a hard-fought 17-19 win against Fort Saskatchewan.
"[It] probably could have gone either way. I thought we did a lot of really good things, a lot of positive things; running the football better than we had all year. So, we knew we'd be in for a battle, and that's exactly what it was."
Hill is looking forward to an exciting match up against St. Albert Thursday (Oct.28) evening, as he expects them to be looking for revenge after the Spirits beat them 38-10 in week one. "We'll try to get as many healthy guys on the field as we can and give it our best shot," he continued. "[St. Albert] seems to be firing on all cylinders, so it's going to be a heck of a battle."
As for championships, Hill isn't looking much further than Thursday's game.
"I mean, we know what's at stake, right?" He said, "So we just have to focus on first and foremost, what players we have healthy to have a game plan. Knowing what personnel we have and then what St. Albert High does best. We want to take away what those guys do best."
First and fourth place teams St. Francis Xavier and Lillian Osbourne will also play Thursday evening. The winners of the two playoff games will go onto the championships at Commonwealth Stadium ten days later, on Nov.6.