Hanna Hawks soar to provincial win

The Hanna Hawks team of 19 players gather with coaches under the lights after they won the 2018 6-Man High School Provincial Championships on Fri. Nov. 23 in Fort McMurray. They beat the Brooks St. Joseph’s Collegiate Crusaders 38 – 32. ECA Review/Submitted

For the first time ever, the Hanna Hawks 6-Man Football Team has won the provincial football title.

J.C. Charyk School’s team travelled to Fort McMurray this past weekend, Fri. Nov. 23, in the hopes of winning the sought after title which eventually paid off.

The final was against the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Crusaders of Brooks which Coach Cam McKeage described as a close, intense game of football.

The Hawks beat the Crusaders 38 – 32.

“Well, I think the defining moment was when the clock struck zero zero. It was a back and forth game throughout and we figured the team that had the ball in their possession at the end of the game was probably going to be the team that would come away with the victory. We were fortunate enough that it was us,” said McKeage.

It was also a bittersweet moment as four Grade 12 students finished out their high school football career.

The tournament was spread out over a month-long period as teams battled it out. First was the quarter finals, then the semi finals before the Hawks moved on to the finals held in Fort McMurray.

Walking into the tournament, Hanna was the No. 2 team to beat in all of Alberta.

“That gave us home field advantage for the quarter and semi finals which we had won,” said McKeage.

All of their hard work paid off as they have been the first team in J.C. Charyk’s history to finally win a banner in the sport.

The closest the team got before was in 1999 when the Hawks played in the finals.

“They worked hard all season long and any time you get to perform on a stage such as that it’s good for them. It gives them a taste of something bigger outside their reality and so there was a lot of excitement and happiness and probably relief as well,” said McKeage.

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