• Notre Dame takes stock in third-straight provincial Tier I high school football title

    Notre Dame’s Bo Lewis caught two big passes from quarterback Colton Hunchak to set up scoring strikes against Sherwood Park’s Bev Facey in Saturday’s Tier I provincial high school football final in Lethbridge. The Pride won their third-straight title and 32nd straight game with a 44-21 triumph.

    The Notre Dame Pride took their dominating show on the road Saturday and brought home yet another Alberta Tier 1 senior football title.

    The Calgary Catholic high school put away Sherwood Park’s Bev Facey Falcons 44-21 under the lights in Lethbridge, wrapping up their third straight provincial championship and sending another group of Pride seniors off to adulthood with a win to remember.

    “Just like all the previous years our locker-room after the game was very, very sad,” head coach Dave Diluzio said.

    “It didn’t have to do much with the game, but the kids were really upset it was their last game high school football game. It was quite the scene.

    “But, once we got our emotions in check it was a fun bus ride home.”

    The Pride have not lost a game since 2011 and their winning streak has been stretched to 32 games — 10 added in 2014 with six regular season wins in the regular season, two more playoff victories in the city playoffs and another two in the provincial playoffs.

    “It’s been an amazing experience,” said graduating offensive lineman Spencer Roy, who has been part of two provincial championships.

    “We all get along as teammates and support each other. It’s like a brotherhood.”

    As they did the previous week in the semifinal with Edmonton’s Harry Ainlay Titans, the Pride put their opponents away in the first half and eased up in the second. It was 16-0 after the first 12 minutes, 37-7 at halftime and 44-7 entering the fourth quarter, when Bev Facey added a pair of touchdowns.

    Myles Browne put up 101 yard rushing on just eight carries for Notre Dame. Quarterback Colton Hunchak added 71 yards on seven carries.

    Hunchak attempted only eight passes and complete four for 76 yards. Two of those were caught by Bo Lewis for 53 yards and the other two were scoring strikes — 15 yards to Jonathan Girma and eight yards to David Thairu.

    Browne, Hunchak and Avery McCuaig rushed for touchdowns. Joe Cant converted all six scores.

    Browne is among those graduating Grade 12s. He said playing for Notre Dame was the most amazing experience he’s ever had.

    “It’s really like a family feeling there,” Browne said.

    “And our coaches — not so much from a football perspective — teach us things that we can carry on into the real world.

    “I’ve had a great three seasons.”

    Diluzio said the Pride benefited from having great leadership among their players.

    “They take a lot ownership of the football team,” he said.

    “They really try to set an example for the younger kids and we were fortunate this year by having great leadership.”

    Diluzio also believes Notre Dame benefited from being in a competitive football city where they were constantly being tested.

    “We were down in four games this year. They found the way to battle back through adversity. I’m really, really proud of that,” he said.

    In the Tier 4 provincial final, Tae Gordon and Erik Nusl scored three touchdowns each as the Cochrane Cobras blasted the Whitecourt Cats 49-14 in Lethbridge Friday.

    Gordon rushed for 167 yards on 14 carries and quarterback Cody Stevens was 14-for-24 passing for 244 yards and three TDs

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