The following are the draws involving some local teams for the 2023 ASAA Provincial High School Football Playoffs that will lead up to the thirteenth Alberta Bowl.
TIER I (School Pop. 1250+)
Brian Fryer (Declared) Division
#1 Raymond Comets – BYE
TIER III (School Pop. 450-749)
#5 Cardston Cougars at #2 Olds Spartans
Fri. Nov. 10 – 2:00 p.m., Setters Place at Great Chief Park (Red Deer)
Watch out for the Cardston Cougars. After a dismal start to the season which had them 1-4 and unranked as of the beginning of October, the Cougars have rolled off three straight victories, evened their record, and punched their ticket to Provincials with a convincing win over Winston Churchill two weeks ago. Waiting for them are the highly ranked Olds Spartans who have cruised through the year only losing to Drumheller twice. The Spartans have sporadically participated in Provincials in the past and haven’t advanced out of the first round so these are heights that are new to them. Moving the game to Red Deer to take advantage of a good surface might be the advantage they need to move on. The Cougars have a long history in Provincials but haven’t advanced to a final since 2010 so a lot is on the line this Friday in Red Deer.
TIER IV (School Pop. 449 or less)
Canmore Wolverines at W.R. Myers Rebels
Sat. Nov. 11 – 1:00 p.m., Ken McDonald Sports Complex (Taber)
Another two teams renewing acquaintances in the first round of Provincials are the Wolverines of Canmore and the Rebels from W.R. Myers in Taber. Always a strong program, the Rebels have only dropped one game this year to Chinook on September 15 and since that time have run the board. The Wolverines are a hard team to get a feel for since some of their games were cancelled due to referee shortages, but they have put a couple on the win side of the ledger and have a punchers chance on the grass in Taber this Saturday.