The Hinton Wolfpak closed out a stellar regular season with a 40-28 win over the Caroline Cougars on Oct. 17.
The Wolfpak went a perfect 6-0 to finish atop the Tier II Division, propelling them into the Alberta Six Man Football League top five rankings for the first time ever.
The shorthanded Cougars did put up a fight, keeping it close right up until the fourth quarter when they eventually just couldn’t keep up the pace of play and Hinton pulled away.
With the win the team’s attention now turns to the postseason and a potential run toward provincials against Tier 1 squads.
But that road to provincials includes a must-win playoff game Oct. 26 against St. Joe’s out of Brooks. The winner of that game, being played on neutral ground in Lacombe, not only earns the 3A Championship banner, but also the eighth seed in the provincial playdowns. The loser of that game is out of the postseason.
Coach Chris Johnstone had said earlier this season that the squad is still quite young with only four Grade 12 players, but they work extremely hard and has a chance to do something special if they stay focused.
The quarterfinals would take place Nov. 9, the semifinals would be Nov. 16 and the provincial final is slated for Nov. 22 in Lethbridge.