SENIOR TEAM AWARDS
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD - Seth Waselenchuk
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - Tyler Feltis
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER – Luke Wright-Mascotto
MOST CONTRIBUTION/LEAST RECOGNITION – Dylan Shorten
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Kirklen Robinson
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Jacob Neuls
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER – Jackson Ryan / Jacob Neuls
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER - Nick Cowan
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD - Matthew Short
LEE GRANT MEMORIAL TROPHY - Darek Skinner
GRADUATING 2013 SENIOR PLAYERS
2- ANDREW ROSE, 9- TYLER MOROZ, 10- MATTHEW SHORT, 20- JACOB KAUP, 22- MICHAEL BUCHAMER, 26- LOGAN GRAY, 27- JACKSON RYAN, 28- TYLER THORSLEY, 34- NICHOLAS SVENSON, 38- CONNOR HUGUES, 39- BRANDEN ZAMINER, 40- DAREK SKINNER, 41- JACOB NEULS, 42- DEAN CIAMPANELLI, 43- CURT SUPRUNIUK, 44- KIRKLEN ROBINSON, 49- CODY JOHNSTON, 50- JESSE HANSEN, 61- NATHAN KREMER, 62- BENJAMIN MACKAY, 66- JACK HANNA, 75- JESSE MCCARTHY, 81- MARK WARAWA, 82- LUKE WRIGHT-MASCOTTO, 92- JONATHON TOMARAS, 94- BRANDEN COLES
JUNIOR TEAM AWARDS
TRUE ROOKIE AWARD - Michael Woywitka
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - Simon Serna / Ben Chretien
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER – Terrell Peters / Jaedon Carroll
MOST CONTRIBUTION/LEAST RECOGNITION - Eric Calkins
MOST OUTSTANDING LINEMAN AWARD – Brandon Treloar / Ethan Findlay
OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP & DEDICATION– Michael Clapp / Alex Sutton
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER - Mitchel Kruk
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER - A’Tu’En Metallic
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD - Trace Stuht
Ouststanding effort by Cody Johnston 49, Jackson Ryan 27, Dean Ciampanelli 18, Tyler Moroz 9, Seth Waselenchuk 7, Jack Hanna 96 and Coach Hill.
Jackson Ryan wins Alberta Most Valuable Offensive Player
Jack Hanna wins Alberta Most Valuable Lineman
2013 Bulldogs Senior Team
It might not have been the biggest fixture in Edmonton sports, but as far as local athletic endeavours go, the city sure lost a visible one.
Videographer and producer Rob Zittlau and his wife, Grace, were killed in a highway collision over Thanksgiving weekend.
Zittlau made it his life’s ambition to ensure all levels of Edmonton’s sports scene could be seen, spending the past three decades building his company, ICU Video Productions, into a top-notch focus on amateur broadcasts – or ‘procasts,’ as he called them – and practice film.
The fatal crash happened east of Legal at the intersection of Hwy. 651 and Hwy. 803, where Morinville RCMP responded around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Police say two adults in a southbound car died on scene, while a six-year-old girl and four-year-old boy also in the vehicle were taken to hospital. The driver and passenger in an eastbound SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“The sad part about it is, as much as we’ve heard of the accident is that he was trying to take his niece and nephew to the corn maze,” said Football Alberta executive director Tim Enger. “It is really sad. He and Grace did not have any kids of their own, but I know that they had a lot of nieces and nephews and they just doted on them.”
It wasn’t always easy finding time to spend with family outside of football, baseball, hockey and, more recently, E-sports competitions that ran the gamut from amateur to high-school, semi-pro and professional levels across the Edmonton area.
“And he probably wouldn’t have been doing that on a weekend in the fall if we’d have had football,” Enger said of the cancelled high-school schedule. “So, it’s probably an example of him going above and beyond for family again.
“With something horrible happening while he was doing that.”
His love of family was about the only thing that rivaled his passion for covering amateur sports.
“It was like a security blanket,” Enger said. “When you went to any sporting event there was a good chance that Rob was going to be there. He was with the Edmonton Prospects, The Brick Novice Tournament, he did Golden Bears hockey.
“Every once in a while, I would take my family to a Prospects game or Golden Bears game and there’d be Rob, and you’d look at it and go, ‘Yup, now the world make’s sense because he’s here.’ So, he really carved out a nice effect on the Edmonton sports community for decades. It’s really going to be tough to replace Rob.”
Dave Foley worked closely with Zittlau at ICU for the past nine years, or, measure it in games and practices filmed, and they were well over 2,100 together. And that’s before all the editing and processing work that went into it.
“I’m devastated,” Foley told Postmedia in a phone interview Wednesday, following a video call from the crash site with CTV Edmonton, where Zittlau once worked as an editor. “I’m glad I went. I went out there and had a good ugly cry.
“I knew Rob knew lots of people, but getting the responses and hearing all of this is, like, oh man, it’s even a shock for me: Who doesn’t he know?”
Zittlau and his crew approached even the most minor of leagues like it was Stanley Cup-worthy and, in more than a few cases, the work played no small part in helping athletes grow beyond the grassroots of local fields.
“Very sad news to hear, condolences to the Zittlau family and his friends,” tweeted Edmonton Football Club punter and University of Alberta Golden Bears product Hugh O’Neill. “Rob was a staple of the football community and I used his film to help get recruited to university football.
The Ross Sheppard grad wasn’t alone, either.
“You look at guys out there right now, like Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State), Ajou Ajou at Clemson, and Lwal Uguak is at Connecticut, one of the complaints when I first started here years ago was why aren’t the big-time scholarships being offered to Canadian kids?” Enger said. “Part of the problem is Clemson and Oklahoma State weren’t going to send somebody up here to watch this, so they were relying on game film. So, if you don’t have quality game film, it’s like you’re playing in obscurity.
“Once Rob got going, if a kid wanted to piece together a tape, they were getting NFL-caliber stuff, so (schools) could make their judgments better. I think that is why you’re starting to see players from the Edmonton area start to trickle into the Div. 1 schools in the United States.”
Although Zittlau just started working with the Edmonton Prospects, procasting around 30 games in 2019, the team’s managing partner, Patrick Cassidy said it set a new standard for what he would like to see streaming throughout the Western Canadian Baseball League in the future.
“He was just a hard-working, dedicated, straight-forward kind of guy,” Cassidy said. “He wasn’t done. He was still building and had ideas and wanted to do more. He was one of those drivers, an entrepreneur prepared to take the risks and make it happen.
“It was a pretty damn-good production and he did it at a fraction of what anybody else would do. That’s why you just appreciated the guy, because he had the kind of background and talent he probably could have gone and did something else and made more money.”
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Our Bulldogs Senior team may have had their season end but their improvement and determination was rewarded by outside observers. Bulldogs ended the 2013 season ranked #7 in Alberta High School Tier I Football Alberta rankings. In 2012 the Bulldogs made it into the top 10 in Alberta for the first time and finished their season ranked #9.
In addition our Bulldogs cracked the Top 50 High School teams in all of Canada list, debuing at #50 for the first St. Albert High School to ever make the list. With almost 900 High Schools in Canada with a Football program, to make the Top 50 is an tremendous achievment indeed. A testimony to Chad Hill and his coaching staff.
Congratulations Bulldogs Senior Team.
The Bellerose Bulldogs finished their Carr conference season the same way they started, a shutout loss in metro Edmonton high school football.
The first-place Sabres (7-1), ranked fourth in Tier I (1,250-plus students), blanked the Bulldogs 14-0 in Friday’s semifinal at Clarke Park.
In the season opener the Sabres downed the Bulldogs 21-0 in Sherwood Park.
In the playoffs the Sabres opened the scoring on the first play from scrimmage, an off-tackle 60-plus yard run from a formation that caught the Bulldogs by surprise.
The Bulldogs’ defence quickly rose to the challenge and gave the offence two possessions inside the Salisbury 35, but Bellerose was unable to capitalize on a fake field goal attempt by Seth Waselenchuk that fell short of a first down and Matty Short’s quarterback sneak from the one after he hooked up with Nick Svenson for a 32-yard catch and run.
In the second quarter the Sabres advanced the ball through the air, but Dean Ciampanelli forced a fumble and Dylan Shorten recovered it at the Bellerose one.
The Sabres scored their second TD on a penalty-aided drive in the third quarter. A face-masking flag against Ciampanelli put the Sabres first and goal and they connected with a TD pass.
The Bulldogs struggled moving the ball in the second half. Jackson Ryan did the bulk of the running with Tyler Feltis, Bellerose’s top rusher, limited in reps due to injury. The absence of injured guard Curt Supruniuk was another big blow.
Nick Cowan led the team in tackles and Ciampanelli and John Comeau recorded sacks.
The Bulldogs ended the season with a 4-5 record as the No. 7-ranked Tier I team in Alberta.
Clarke Park – The Bellerose Bulldogs continue to leave their mark in the most competitive high school football league in Alberta.
The fourth victory in the stacked Carr conference was Tuesday’s 23-21 decision against the Jasper Place Rebels in the metro Edmonton playoffs.
“This win means we’re not a joke in the Carr conference. We’re a serious contender and we’re here to win it all,” declared Matty Short, a Grade 12 quarterback with the 4-4 Bulldogs, ranked ninth in Tier I (1,250-plus students).
Friday the Bulldogs battled the first-place Salisbury Sabres and the semifinal score was unavailable at press time.
A victory would punch the Bulldogs’ ticket to the Carr final Nov. 2 and the Tier I south semifinal Nov. 9 in Lethbridge.
“Our team is playing up to its potential,” said Kirklen Robinson, a Grade 12 defensive end. “We’re ready to play football no matter what teams come towards us.”
Salisbury (6-1), ranked fourth in Tier I, blanked the Bulldogs 21-0 in the league opener in Sherwood Park. Salisbury returned a fumble 25 yards for its first touchdown and in the third quarter added TDs off an eight-yard run and 75-yard punt return.
“They are not by any means a better team than us. If our offence and defence can play like they did today we can beat anybody in this league,” Robinson said.
The jacked-up Bulldogs refused to lose Tuesday’s playoff lid-lifter that was shrouded in controversy. They were scheduled to play Jasper Place five days after losing to the No. 5 Tier 1-ranked Rebels 30-7 in St. Albert to wrap up the regular season.
However, issues surfaced over the eligibility of Braden Tidball, a St. Francis Xavier High School student who transferred to Jasper Place in late September to complete his Grade 12 and play football for the Rebels. He also attends a Mormon seminary every morning before school and his friends there attend Jasper Place.
St. Francis Xavier, a Gilfillan conference football team, questioned the transfer on Oct. 4 and Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association compliance officer felt the transfer was athletically motivated and on Oct. 15 ruled Tidball was ineligible to play for Jasper Place in the playoffs.
Jasper Place appealed the decision and ASAA executive director John Paton upheld the ruling.
But on Sunday, the metro league informed Jasper Place it was not allowed to compete in the playoffs because of the ineligible player and stripped the team of three wins. So instead of finishing in a two-way tie for third place at 4-3, the Rebels missed the playoffs with a 1-6 record.
It also created a ripple effect for the rest of the playoff pairings. The Bulldogs dropped from fifth to six while still maintaining their 3-4 record and the team’s new opponent was the Bev Facey Falcons, who went from sixth at 3-4 to third at 4-3.
The Bulldogs spent Monday preparing for Facey after gearing up to play Jasper Place.
However, parents for three Rebels filed an injunction against the metro decision and Tuesday in court, lawyer Chad Bowie and a Jasper Place coach, argued the decision would hurt several players with the potential to play at the university level without playoff game film to send teams that expressed interest in recruiting them.
Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Donald Manderscheid agreed and ordered that Jasper Place huddle up against the Bulldogs as previously scheduled.
The Bulldogs spent Tuesday’s lunch break pouring over game film of Facey, but in the afternoon they were informed the game against Jasper Place was back on. It also meant the Harry Ainlay Titans would play Facey as scheduled, instead of the 3-4 Austin O’Brien Crusaders, who finished out of the playoffs on the tiebreaker.
Bulldogs head coach Chad Hill wasn’t impressed with the off-field wranglings, noting how unfair it was to the other teams involved and the hours of film and practice time wasted for an opponent they did not face.
The players had mixed views about the roller-coaster turn of events.
“It’s definitely a complete curveball that we never expected, especially since it was such a short week and we had very little time to prepare but our coaches did a great job of prepping us for both teams,” Short said.
“It didn’t matter to us. We were prepared for both teams. We were looking to win and we did whatever it took to get it,” Robinson added. “Our team worked really hard together tonight. There was definitely a team effort on both sides of the ball.”
The Bulldogs rolled up 21 points in the first quarter on TDs of eight and 55 yards by Tyler Feltis and Ryan Jackson’s seven-yard run.
The Bulldogs scored on their first possession, a 67-yard drive featuring the slick running of Feltis and a fake field goal as Seth Waselenchuk scrambled 16 yards to the eight.
On the first play on the team’s second possession, Feltis weaved his way through tacklers 55 yards to pay dirt.
The third offensive series, a 40-yard drive, was spearheaded by Ryan’s power run of 33 yards before finishing it off from the seven.
“We had a great first quarter. It was probably the best we’ve had all year,” Short said. “The execution we had on offence during the first quarter really got the guys going and it got their heads into the game knowing that we can win.”
Jasper Place replied with a one-yard TD completion in the opening minute of the second quarter and a two-yard quarterback sneak with 1:58 left until quarter time to complete a drive that featured a good mix of runs and passes.
In the third quarter, after Ryan fumbled the ball away after a third-down romp and the Bulldogs were flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, Jacob Kaup intercepted a long bomb with a great grab at the Bellerose 12.
Another flag nullified a first down by Ryan that pushed the Bulldogs back to their six.
After the punt, Jasper Place went two and out after Robinson’s tackle in the backfield left the Rebels looking at third and 14 from the Bellerose 50.
Back on offence, after a holding call put the Bulldogs first and 20 from their 20, Short fired a dart to Dylan Shorten behind two defenders down the numbers for a 43-yard gain. On first down, Feltis turned the corner for 19 yards to the 33. The drive ended on third and one, as Feltis was stopped short at the nine.
On first down Shorten sacked the quarterback for a six-yard loss and on the next play Dean Ciampanelli tracked down the quarterback in the endzone for a safety with 3.9 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 23-14.
“We got into a little bit of penalty trouble but we still battled hard,” Short said.
The teams traded punts in the fourth quarter, as Nick Cowan’s big boots pinned Jasper Place in its end of the field.
With 4:12 to play, Short was picked off trying to hit Waselenchuk down the pipe in double coverage at the Bellerose 47.
Less than a minute later, Jasper Place pulled off a catch and run down the sideline on a TD play the Bulldogs let slip away from them. The convert cut the lead to two points.
After the kickoff the Bulldogs pounded the ball down field with Ryan and Feltis doing most of the heavy lifting behind a determined offensive line. The key play was Short’s one-yard plunge on third down to the Jasper Place 39.
“We’re very versatile at running back. We’ve got big guys that can run and we’ve got our small little guy, Tyler Feltis, who is great at his cuts and is extremely quick,” said Short, 17, the 2012 recipient of the junior Bulldogs’ most outstanding offensive player award.
The Rebels eventually forced the Bulldogs to punt, and Cowan’s kick put Jasper Place at its 47. The Rebels gradually moved the ball up field, highlighted by a 28-yard catch and run down the middle with Shorten making the tackle at the Bellerose 44. On second down at the 42, and 3.4 ticks on the clock, the quarterback rolled right and was tripped by Ciampanelli before Robinson finished the play with his Carr-leading eighth sack.
“We knew it was going to be a pass and Dean and I and the rest of the line had to do whatever it took to get to the quarterback. We fired off from the edge and we got to him,” said Robinson, 17.
Clarke Park – The top dawg for the metro Edmonton junior football champions was honoured as the Grant Yuzyk Trophy recipient as most valuable player in pool B after Thursday’s division one final.
“It’s awesome. It feels so good. It brings a smile to my face and I can’t stop smiling,” said a very happy Trace Stuht, a Grade 11 Bellerose Bulldogs quarterback.
The sixth St. Albert player to receive the junior MVP award joins past winners Mitch Millett (2005) of the Bulldogs, Colin Cardinal (2004), Brett Fabian (2006) and Mike Spagnola (2008) of the Skyhawks and Cory Knott (2011) of Paul Kane.
Stuht, 16, was credited with 1,100 yards passing for 15 touchdowns and one interception and rushed for nearly 400 yards and several TDs for the undefeated Bulldogs, but wasn’t sure his name would be announced during the post-game presentation.
“I was a little leery because No. 11 on Memorial (Marauders) is a great player and he really carries his team, so it’s a great feeling to get it,” Stuht said.
Despite throwing two picks in the closer-than-expected 21-17 playoff tilt with the Jasper Place Rebels, Stuht engineered a highlight-reel 4:28-minute, 88-yard drive that ended with Mitch Kruk’s one-yard go-ahead TD with 85 seconds remaining and the snow falling heavily.
“That's what we really needed. Our offence picked it up. We drove down the field, maintained composure and got all the way down to the endzone for the win. It was a great play by the offence,” Stuht said.
Kruk did most of the heavy lifting out of the backfield, but Stuht scrambled for some good yardage and a key first and also completed a couple of passes deep in Jasper Place territory.
“Full credit to Trace Stuht for regaining his composure and leading the winning drive. That’s what big time players do. He showed it tonight. He earned his MVP award,” said head coach Chad Hill. “It was probably the toughest game Trace has had all year but he came back when we needed it the most.”
Kruk’s TD was the first score by the offence (Bellerose averaged 51.4 points per game going into the final) after Kit Liske returned the opening kick off from in front of the five to pay dirt and defensive end Mike Woywitka latched onto an ill-advised pitch from the Rebels’ quarterback around midfield and galloped into the endzone to put the Bulldogs up by a TD in the third quarter.
“I was really thankful for the defence and special teams getting those points for us,” Stuht said. “It was a tough game for me. I threw two interceptions. There was a lot of pressure and I was just trying to keep my composure.”
The four-point margin of victory was the tightest of the season for the Bulldogs – 1-0 in exhibition, 5-0 in pool B league play and 2-0 in the playoffs.
“I was definitely worried. It was our best fight all year. Congrats to them. They played a really good game,” Stuht said. “It was so amazing how close it was, down to the five-yard line with like seven seconds left.”
The Rebels’ double-wing offence gave the Bulldogs fits.
“Kudos to them because with a team like us that’s the perfect way to play us. It eats up the clock and that’s what makes that offence very successful. It doesn’t result in a lot of points but it takes way the opportunity for the other team’s offence,” Hill said. “Our offence had limited chances with the ball and we also struggled a little bit with the penalties and the turnovers so that held them in the game.”
Stuht was one of 17 returning juniors on the 54-man roster to celebrate the first junior football championship in school history, when the Bulldogs finished 9-0 last year as premier conference playoff winners after whipping the St. Joseph Saints 44-6 in the final. “This is definitely sweeter. It’s another ring for us,” Stuht said.
Hill agreed with his star pupil. “In terms of overcoming adversity in a final, nothing can compare to this. Things that you don’t normally expect to see in a final, we saw tonight,” said Hill of some head-scratching officiating calls that went against the Bulldogs. “What we had to overcome in the final to earn this championship makes it as sweet as anything that can possibly be.”
The Bulldogs rank among the top junior programs in the province after their eighth win of the season and the 17th without a loss since the 2011 semifinal.
“I’m extremely proud. We’ve worked really, really hard to build the entire program and the foundations of the football program is the junior team,” said Hill, the senior Bulldogs’ head coach who guided the juniors to the 2005 premier final in his first season as field general. “To go two years without a loss is impressive, and even in 2011 we had two losses by a combined eight or nine points combined, so for the last three years especially we’ve been ultra competitive and I hope people see that and I think that is a drawing card for the program.
“We have a very successful division one senior football team ranked in the top 10 in the province (and was 4-5 in the notoriously tough Carr conference), but it starts with the foundations. (Former head coach) Steve Klein, back in 2005, decided that Bellerose needed a junior program and that was the vision we had. The junior program feeds the senior program and the foundations are there in junior to build an elite program and I think we’ve held true to our vision. We try not to rush young players up to senior if they are not ready and the proof is in the results we’ve had here in the past few years.”
Clarke Park – The Bellerose Bulldogs repeated as undefeated metro Edmonton junior football champions in Thursday’s thriller in the snow.
The division one final was decided on the dramatic last play of the game, with the Bulldogs clinging to a 21-17 lead and the Jasper Place Rebels on the Bellerose five-yard line. With no time left on the clock, the Rebels threw to the corner of the endzone but the ball fell incomplete as pandemonium erupted and fans stormed the field to mob the victorious Bulldogs.
“It was picture perfect,” said an overjoyed Trace Stuht, the Grade 11 Bellerose quarterback, during the wild on-field, post-game festivities. “It was an awesome game. I’m so proud of the boys.”
After the Bulldogs regained the lead on Mitch Kruk’s one-yard TD and Jaedon Carroll’s convert with 85 seconds to play, the Rebels returned the kick-off to their 43 and with a sense of urgency pushed forward for the go-ahead touchdown. A lengthy run to the outside put the Rebels within striking distance, but the big play was a catch in double coverage at the Bellerose eight on a ball thrown up for grabs on third and 13 from the 30 with 17 seconds remaining.
On first down the Bulldogs stopped the Rebels at the five, setting the stage for the frantic finish to a tremendous playoff tussle. The targeted receiver never had a chance at reeling in the ball on the desperation throw. As the Rebels looked for a pass interference call, Bulldogs Nation roared in delight.
“It was the best play of the game for sure. It was really exciting,” said Mike Woywitka, a dominating Grade 11 defensive end and arguably the best Bulldog in the final. “It really was a nervous situation but everybody played their position and did what they were supposed to do and we pulled it off.”
Stuht was confident the Bulldogs would stand their ground with the Rebels on the verge of victory.
“I had faith in our defence. We have a great defence that held teams to two touchdowns during the regular season (and 19 points overall while posting five shutouts) so I knew we could do it. We just needed one more play to stop them and we did that,” said Stuht, who lined up at safety in crunch time. “It’s just so sweet right now.”
The final kicked off with a bang, as Kit Liske fielded the ball in front of the Bellerose five and took off like a bolt of lightning to open the scoring. Carroll converted the TD.
“Kit gave us a huge lift to start the game. Kit had good blocking and he exploited it with his speed for the touchdown,” said a relieved-looking Chad Hill, head coach of the 7-0 Bulldogs.
The Rebels (4-3) responded with a long drive that was kept alive by a couple of third-down conversions and two unnecessary roughing flags against the Bulldogs. A one-yard TD run and successful convert tied it at seven.
In the second quarter, Carroll’s 22-yard field goal attempt fell short of the post with 2:44 left until halftime.
Stuht threw the first of his two interceptions with 54.7 seconds on the clock and the Rebels huddled up at their 42.
The first half ended with a pick by Tristan Hayes of the Bulldogs.
Woywitka’s quarterback sack for a seven-yard loss at the Bellerose 50 on third and eight stopped the Rebels on their opening drive of the second half.
The second time on offence, and the Rebels looking at third and six around midfield, Woywitka charged into the backfield and without breaking stride plucked the ball out of the air on a pitch play and motored into the endzone. Carroll’s convert made it 14-7.
“It just kind of flew into my arms so I just took off. It was the hardest I’ve ever ran, that’s for sure,” Woywitka said.
The Bulldogs badly needed the shot of adrenaline.
“That touchdown gave us a big lift,” Hill said. “Mike Woywitka has to be the game star in my opinion. He some made huge plays. He’s strong and fast and is a fantastic team player.”
On the ensuing kick-off, the Rebels marched the ball from their 26 and settled for a 16-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining until quarter time. Another unnecessary roughing flag on the Bulldogs after a long run put the Rebels at the 13 but the Bellerose defence buckled down to force a third and nine situation.
On first down at the 35 after the field goal, Stuht was picked off and the Rebels returned the ball to the Bellerose 34. On second down the Bulldogs were flagged for a horse-collar tackle and from the one the Rebels scored with 52.8 seconds to go in the quarter. The convert left the Bulldogs trailing by three.
Back on offence, on first down at the Bellerose 54, Kruk fumbled the ball and the Rebels fell on it at their 45.
Early in the fourth quarter, on third and short, Woywitka led the defensive surge to stop the Rebels at the Bellerose 48.
After forcing the Bulldogs to punt, the Rebels drove the ball from the Bellerose 43 but turned it over on downs with an incomplete pass on third and six at the 22 with 5:53 to play.
Back on offence it was now or never for the Bulldogs and two consecutive runs by Kruk, the team’s leading rusher and TD scorer this season, propelled the defending champs to the Rebels’ 36.
“It was our last drive of the game and we knew we had to do something on offence after struggling a little bit in the first half and at the beginning of the second half. We were down three and we needed that touchdown,” Kruk said. “On the first play the linemen were blocking and pushing guys back and I got eight yards and on the next one I broke free. The crowd was pumped and our team was behind us and I knew right then and there we were going to score.”
On second and five, Stuht gained six yards up the gut to move the chains.
Two plays later, Stuht hit Eric Calkins down the middle for a clutch first down at the 14.
After a five-yard run by Stuht, the Bulldogs handed the ball off to Kruk during the final four plays of the impressive drive. His three-yard burst between the tackles on a tense third and two play led to the go-ahead TD.
“It was very exciting. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like that,” said the Grade 11 Bulldog, who limped off the field after scoring and had to be carried to the bench with a tender hip. “They put up a very good fight but we knew if we executed we would win and in the end we did that.”
Hill was popping buttons how the Bulldogs rose to the challenge against a tough foe in the biggest game of the year.
“It was a total team effort today,” he said with pride. “We overcame penalties and turnovers but the players didn’t panic. I have to give the credit to our players because there are teams out there that may not have responded in the positive way that we did. That’s a tribute to our captains and to the assistant coaches for the leadership they showed.”
When asked what it means to be a Bulldog, Woywitka replied with a smile: “To be a champion, that’s what it really means to be a Bulldog.”
The Bellerose Bulldogs kick off the metro Edmonton junior division one playoffs Thursday against the Memorial Marauders.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Park.
Last year the Bulldogs finished 9-0 as premier playoff champions.
In pool B action the Bulldogs (5-0) pummeled Memorial (4-2) by a 63-12 score in Spruce Grove. Memorial is the only team to score against the Bulldogs this year
The winner plays the Salisbury Sabres (4-0) or Jasper Place Rebels (3-2) in the Nov. 7 final at 5 p.m. at Clarke Park.
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A shout out to G.E. Lighting Canada for supplying the 50 Bottle, $500 wine fridge for our Bulldogs Football Pub Night & Silent Auction. A thank you as well to Nick Ciampanelli, Father of Dean (Senior Team), for arranging the purchase through Home Depot St. Albert. This donation netted Bulldogs Football over $1400 for the Big Prize Square at the Fundraiser Party.
THANK YOU GENERAL ELECTRIC CANADA.
A shout out to one of our Bulldogs Football Mom's, Laurie Hanna, mother of Jack (Senior Team) and Alex (Junior Team) for securing us a corporate sponsorship from L & B Water Services Inc.
THANK YOU LAURIE AND ERNIE BLEKER FROM L & B!
A shout out to one of our Bulldogs Football Mom's, Laurie Hanna, mother of Jack (Senior Team) and Alex (Junior Team) for securing us a corporate sponsorship from the Black Diamond Group.
THANK YOU LAURIE!
A shout out to one of our Bulldogs Football Dad's, Ken Duperron, father of Kraig (Junior Team) for securing us a corporate sponsorship from his employer Agrium.
THANK YOU KEN!
Introducing our newest Bulldogs Football Sponsor. If you were at our game on September 19th vs. Bev Facey, you saw our first "PANAGO ROW" winners. At each Bulldogs Senior Game, the lucky fans sitting in a random row will be selected as 'PANAGO ROW'. 16 lucky fans will receive a hot fresh individual Panago Pizza courtesy of Panago St. Albert.