Daily Herald Staff
A busy football season is coming to an end as the playoffs begin this week for one team and the regular season concluding for several others.
The bantam River Riders are the lone local club to see playoff action this week as they will be in Saskatoon on Sunday to take on the Schoenhals Titans at noon at Kinsmen Field.
The bantam River Riders finished fourth in the regular season and now must take on the undefeated Titans in one of the semifinal match-ups. In the regular-season meeting between the two, the Titans held on for a 20-8 victory with the River Riders having had several scoring opportunities called back due to penalties.
Prince Albert has never made it to the playoffs at this level so history will be made when the River Riders take to the field on Sunday.
The other semifinal tilt will have the Tinkler Raiders facing the Arns Falcons with the winners of both semifinals meeting in the championship game on Oct. 28 in Saskatoon.
The pee wee River Riders had a tough season going winless in eight regular-season contests and although they won’t be playing for the championship, they will still have a couple of mini “bowl” games on Oct. 24 to finish up the year.
The pee wee River Riders will play the Warman Wolverines in their first match and then they will square off against the Arns Falcons in the finale. During the regular season, the River Riders lost 32-6 to Warman and 6-0 to the Falcons.
In Fort Carleton Six Man Football League action, the season comes to an end tonight for the Prince Albert Central Collegiate Golden Bears as they will play their final regular-season contest in Rosthern.
With just the top two teams advancing to the provincial playoffs, the Golden Bears will be on the outside looking in as they enter tonight’s match-up with a 3-2 record. A series of injuries incurred in the club’s win over Birch Hills – their third straight to start the season – resulted in the team losing, and rather handily, to Shellbrook and Aberdeen in their final two games leading up to the Thanksgiving break in the schedule.
Rosthern and Shellbrook are the top two teams and will move on to the provincial playoff round when the regular schedule winds up this week.
Finally, there is the Canadian Tire Classic on Friday at Prime Ministers’ Park with the St. Mary Marauders hosting the Carlton Crusaders.
A number of pre-game festivities will be held to officially recognize the Friday Night Lights campaign that brought night games to Prince Albert in the memory of Max Clunie.
The game itself has a high level of significance as the winner will advance to the playoffs of the Saskatoon High School Football League while the loser will begin preparing for next season.
Carlton has a 3-3 record in regular-season action, but their record against 4A teams is 1-0. St. Mary, despite having a 1-5 ledger on the season, is 0-1 in games against 4A competition and a win over Carlton would give them the tie-breaker as they would have won the head-to-head meeting. A Carlton win leaves no questions left to be answered.
Malcolm Jenkins from Canadian Tire has donated a large trophy for the game and it will be contested annually in the Canadian Tire Classic between the two 4A high school football teams.
Game time on Friday is 6:30 p.m., but a number of festivities will be held earlier with a Donny Parenteau cabaret in the Ches Leach Lounge at the Art Hauser Centre concluding the evening’s activities once the game has been completed.