By Mo Cranker on October 22, 2016.
Those at the Methanex Bowl Friday for the first of two semi final games that night between the Crescent Heights Vikings and the Strathmore Spartans witnessed a nailbiter.
While there were only three touchdowns scored heading into the final minutes of the fourth quarter and a score of 16-8 in favour of the Vikings, the Strathmore defense was able to win their team the game.
After the Spartans tied the game thanks to a blocked punt attempt, the Vikings got the ball back with just under one minute left in the fourth quarter and the game now tied. Vikings Grade 12 quarterback Alex Glauser threw an interception to Spartans halfback Misi Varga, who carried the turnover uncontested into the endzone with 49 seconds to go, icing the game for Strathmore.
Varga said he couldn’t believe the play he made.
“On our team I’m known as Stonehands because I can’t catch anything, so really I was thinking ‘don’t drop it,’ the entire time,” he said. “This is my last year of football in high school, so heading to the finals is a great feeling.”
Though Glauser was able to put his team ahead in the first quarter with a rushing touchdown, he said it was a team loss and that the game will be a tough one to end on for him.
“Though they had the big play at the end there, it really came down to our team effort and a lack of execution on a few levels,” he said.
“Honestly I can’t think of many worse feelings than what I’m feeling right now, this is really hard.”
Spartans head coach Travis Gorski said he knew his players would come through when needed most and that the team will be prepared for the championship game, no matter the opponent.
“It’s moments like this that you put all the work in for,” he said. “I knew my guys would be up to the task and when it came down to crunch time I knew we would execute the plays we needed to make â€” we’re going to get right back to work to be ready for the finals,” he said.
In the other RFC semifinal, the Hat High Mohawks defeated the Brooks Buffalos 6-0.
Strathmore and Hat High will face off for the RFCtitle on Oct. 28 at the Methanex Bowl.