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There’s no time like the present for the Raymond Comets football team. The Comets will play for another week following a 26-16 win over the Calgary Henry Wise Wood Warriors during Football Alberta provincial quater-final action Saturday afternoon at the Comet Stadium in Raymond.
For Raymond, presently playing their best football has set them up nicely for the future as the team ventures into the Tier I South Regional final next Saturday when they host the third-ranked St Francis Browns at 1 p.m. at Comets Stadium.
“I think we’re starting to play a little better,” said Comets head coach Daryl Salmon. “We had a slow start. We scored first, but I don’t think we were quite where we needed to be. We kind of rallied before halftime and scored, which was huge. And then I thought we played a good second half.”
Jeremy Fairbanks got the Comets on the board before Taylor Hillyer gave the hosts a little more offence with a long run for a major.
With time winding down in the first half, Comets quarterback Chase Bohne went to the air and found Dan Wilde for a key-late major.
“It was a good read by Chase Bohne and he found Dan Wilde on a go-route and it was exactly what we needed at the time,” said Salmon. “I thought they were squatting on us and not giving us much and we went over the top. It was a big momentum changer.”
“It was huge,” added Bohne. “It was the play that launched us from there. We lost some momentum at the beginning and had a couple of big plays. It was all (on the) rise from there.”
Boomer Heggie chipped in with a field goal and a single to round out the scoring for the Comets.
“Our practices have been going intense and we’ve been getting better every single week and proving to the province that we’re provincial contenders,” said Bohne.
It’s put the Comets in the next round.
“I think everyone is a first-year (player) at this point, we haven’t been here for a while,” said Salmon. “But it’s a great experience and any time you can play late in November, that’s what we want to do.”
In Tier III action Saturday afternoon in Cardston, the Cougars scored a 69-14 win over Calgary Rundle College.
The Cougars opened up a convincing 48-7 lead at halftime on their way to the win as Ty Lewis struck for five receiving touchdowns of 60, 48, 20, 44 and 13 yards.
Wyatt Olsen hauled in one touchdown for Cardston from 27 yards, as did Col Atwood and Taylor Barfuss from 15 and 53 yards, respectively.
On special teams, Gunnarr Gibb hauled in an interception and ran it back 65 yards for another Cardston major and Ty Schaffer kicked nine converts.
Lewis and Taren Perry also had interceptions for the Cougars Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Cook was the Cougars top rusher and tackler.
With the win, the Cougars move on to the Tier III when the number-four ranked team hosts the top-ranked Cochrane Cobras. A game time has yet to be announced.
In Tier IV play Saturday, the Taber W.R. Myers Rebels beat the Drumheller Titans in Drumheller, but the Claresholm Willow Creek Cobras were downed 17-1 by Canmore Bow Valley.
With the win, the third-ranked Rebels return home Saturday when they take on the sixth-ranked Bow Valley Bobcats at 1 p.m.