The SDSSAA football schedule-maker could not have set things up more perfectly.
Heading into the seventh and final week of regular-season play, there are a pair of "must-see" match-ups in store as teams jockey for playoff position following last Friday's triple-header at the James Jerome Sports Complex.
The St. Charles College Cardinals kept their hopes of an undefeated season alive, as expected, with a convincing 54-6 win over the winless Lasalle Lancers. Jake Graham and Nathan Scruton scored two touchdowns apiece, with singles coming courtesy of Brad Bergeron and Brett Harper, the latter hauling in a pass from quarterback Connor Chezzi.
Brad MacKenzie converted on six of the eight TDs, while Luke Crepeau countered with the only major for Lasalle, scampering in from the five-yard line. The Cards will now face the Lively Hawks on Friday with first place on the line.
The Hawks improved to 5-0-1, blasting the St. Benedict Bears 40-0 on the strength of a very well balanced attack. Thomas Rideout scored on runs of 19 and 12 yards in the opening half, with all-star pivot Hunter Holub really going to work in the second half.
With a touchdown pass to Josh Walker (18 yards) already under his belt, Holub hooked up with Austin Kirkey for majors covering six and 50 yards, squeezing a four-yard TD pass to Cameron Marshall in between.
Scott Friesen drilled four converts to close out the scoring, with Ian White recording an interception for Lively while Tristan Heins scooped up a fumble recovery for the Bears.
St. Benedict's up-and-coming signal-caller Chase Pressacco was knocked out of the game in the third quarter, with Ryan Dozzi stepping back in under centre to complete the contest.
Despite the loss, the 3-3 Bears still have their sights set on the playoffs, facing the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes (3-3) Friday night at 7 p.m. at James Jerome.
Perhaps the most competitive game of week six featured the Lockerby Vikings entering the win column, needing a pair of late defensive stands to hold off the Confederation Chargers 19-13.
The Vikes darted to a 19-0 lead courtesy of touchdown runs from Charlie Venedam (one yard) and Kordell Simmonds (40 yards), with QB Cory Smith finding Tyler Sinclair on the receiving end of a 23-yard touchdown pass.
The Chargers came to life on the very last play of the opening half when Aaron Campbell and Brady Jones teamed up for a 54-yard pass-and-run play, narrowing the gap to 19-6.
The same tandem hooked up one more time, but that was as close as Confederation would get, despite knocking at the door several times. Brandon Dumouchel of the Chargers picked off a pass in the fourth quarter, returning it to the four-yard line, but Confed could not punch it home.
A few minutes later, the Chargers were sitting on the Lockerby 10 before defensive back Tim Tindall secured the victory, stepping in front of a Dumouchel pass in the end zone.
Senior action kicks off this week on Thursday night as Confederation plays host to the Lo-Ellen Park Knights, with the juniors staging a pair of games on Wednesday, both at James Jerome (St. Charles vs. Confederation and Lively vs. St. Benedict).