The Spirits are heading to the championships. 
 
After a lopsided victory over St. Albert last Thursday, Sturgeon Composite High School’s football team is gearing up for the Gilfillan Division championships on Saturday (Nov.6) at Commonwealth Stadium. 
  
Head coach Chad Hill described the game as a “very satisfying victory,” adding it was a memorable performance. 
 
“I thought we had a tremendous week of practice, everybody dialed in ‘cause they knew what’s at stake, right? A trip to Commonwealth to play in the finals and a berth in the provincials,” he said. 
 
A dominant defence and a big interception for a touchdown in the second quarter put the Spirits up 28-0 in the first half of the game. Quarterback Chris Ioanidis was named the star of the game after throwing two touchdowns with about 240 passing yards. Sturgeon kept up the pressure in the second half, resulting in a 41-6 win.
In a surprise defeat, Lillian Osbourne, who placed fourth overall in the regular season, defeated first place St. Francis Xavier in their playoff game 28-0. 
 
“They didn’t make any mistakes,” Hill described.  
 
Sturgeon’s September game against Lillian Osbourne was a defensive battle, according to Hill. Going into the final game, Hill and the Spirits will be looking for ways to move the ball down the field consistently.  
 
Each division in the Metro Edmonton High School Athletics will also play their championship games on Saturday. In the Bright Divison, Holy Trinity will play Beaumont starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by Sturgeon Composite and Lillian Osbourne at 12:30 p.m for the Gilfillan Division. 
 
At 3:00 p.m., Leduc will play Paul Kane in the Miles Division, and at 5:30 p.m., Harry Ainlay will play Salisbury for the Carr Division title. 
 
Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, Sturgeon Composite has earned a spot in the provincial championships and will host Peace River in mid-November on their home field in St Albert.