The Bellerose Bulldogs are poised to huddle up in the division one Carr conference playoffs after knocking off the Strathcona Lords 37-23 in Friday’s must-win game at Foote Field.
The outcome left the Bulldogs and Lords tied at 2-3 for the sixth and final playoff berth with one game remaining in league play.
Friday the Bulldogs host the Jasper Place Rebels (0-5) on Senior Night at Larry Olexiuk Field and the Lords line up against the Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds (3-2) at Emerald Hills. Kickoff times are 7:30 p.m.
The top two teams have first-round byes when the metro Edmonton playoffs start Oct. 26.
The second win in a row by the Bulldogs was a come-from-behind effort. Down 9-0 in the first quarter and 16-7 in the second quarter, the Bulldogs jumped ahead on Brett Yost’s two-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion catch from quarterback Jared Koziol for the 23-16 lead in the third quarter.
After the Lords tied it up at 23 with a 68-yard pick-six, Koziol completed TD passes of 20 yards to Caleb Akerley and 56 yards to Adam Rafat.
Mohammad Zeidan converted both majors as well as Koziol to Shane Loewen 90-yard TD in the first quarter and Yost’s eight-yard TD in the second quarter.
Zeidan also added a single point before halftime.
There was no scoring in the fourth quarter.
Koziol completed 12 of 17 passes for 388 yards and was picked off twice.
Rafat caught six passes for 171 yards, Loewen registered 125 yards on two receptions and Akerly snagged two passes for 79 yards.
Yost gained 100 yards on 27 carries.
Bronson Wilke led the defence with 10 tackles and Ashton Drew had nine.
Liam Birch and Kyle Anderson also recorded QB sacks.
The Lords, last year’s division two Miles conference champions, returned a fumble 83 yards and the conversion made it 16-7 in the second quarter.