Rimbey Junior Senior High School's football team is one step closer to another provincial 6-man championship after a 72-22 victory over Edson's Holy Redeemer Rebels in their quarterfinal game on Saturday at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe.
The Spartans have won provincial titles in 2009, 2013 and 2014 but after finishing in second place the last two years, head coach Bill Bramfield says players, especially his six seniors, are hungry for another banner.
"We're pretty proud of our program," Bramfield said. "My Grade 12s never had a championship so they're working hard for it this year."
Bramfield's team finished undefeated in the Alberta Sixman Football League this year.
"As the season starts, you try to get a little bit better. A lot of tough games, a lot of tough hits. But I guess if you haven't lost, you're doing things right for the most part," he said.
Lacombe hosted a second 6-man quarterfinal that day, where the Breton Cougars beat the Mount Pleasant Royals 80-22.
The Spartans are back in town on Friday, when they play Millwoods Christian in the semifinals. Kickoff at 5 p.m. Also that day, Cold Lake and Stetter square off at 7:30 p.m. in regional finals.
In Lacombe on Saturday: the Hunting Hills Lightning from Red Deer play the Foothills Falcons at 4 p.m. in regional finals.
MEGlobal Athletic Park is hosting provincial championship games across Tiers I to IV, including 6-man, from Nov. 24-25.