Despite their best season in recent years, the Bow Valley Bobcats won't be advancing to the provincial playoffs.
What they do look forward to is a round-robin against the Bert Church Chargers and Chestermere Lakers to close out the season.
The Bobcats will be hosting both games, starting with the Chargers on Thurs. Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. The following Thursday they host Chestermere.
Recently, the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) bumped the Bobcats to Tier 2 from Tier 3. The Bobcats have one player on their roster who comes from a school without a football program, explains head coach Dustin Paul. When that happens, you absorb the population of the school he attends.
"It's unfortunate, but with the season that we had, I think we definitely set the groundwork for many years to come, and we definitely built on last year. Now we just need to keep building and show up in the playoffs. I don't remember the last time Bow Valley had a playoff win, so I'm gunning for two this year."
Up until being bumped up a tier, the Bobcats peaked at fifth in the province in tier 3. They lost their last regular season game to the Croxford Cavaliers, 28-16 after getting off to a slow start. Paul says their defence kept them in the game in the first half and 16 points in the second were too little, too late.
The Bobcats ended the regular season 2-4, beating both the Lakers and Chargers. He's expecting both those teams to come hard in the playoffs in search of some redemotion.
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