Four interceptions by Keagan Curtis helped the Winston Knoll Wolverines defeat the Riffel Royals 24-14 in a Regina Intercollegiate Football League quarter-final matchup between the Rochdale rivals Friday night.
Curtis added eight tackles for the Wolverines, who also showcased the varied talents of quarterback Tayen Lloyd.
In addition to completing 16 of 25 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns — both to Rhett Hornoi — Lloyd carried the ball 12 times for a team-high 43 yards.
Zane Graham caught six passes for 143 yards for the Wolverines, who had a 1-5 regular-season record but nonetheless eliminated the 3-3 Royals.
Riffel’s Brayden Barcsik threw for 231 yards, including a four-yard TD strike to Eythan Crites. Austin Kemp scored Riffel’s other touchdown on a 14-yard run. On defence, Kemp added six tackles and a sack.
In Friday’s other Schwann Conference (6A) quarter-final, the Campbell Tartans defeated the O’Neill Titans 28-13.
Tartans quarterback Peter Shoobert threw three touchdown passes — to Grady Fry, Manny Biden and Ethan Sutherland. Biden had six receptions for 100 yards.
Drew Cushway added a 70-yard punt-return TD for Campbell.
O’Neill’s Peter Boersch rushed 17 times for 93 yards and added a 26-yard reception.
Jaxon Thorne had an interception-return TD for O’Neill, which also got a pick from Aiden Jaster. Michael Gold had seven tackles and a sack for the Titans.
Winston Knoll and Campbell advanced to Schwann Conference semi-finals that are to be held Oct. 29 at Mosaic Stadium.
The Wolverines will take on the top-seeded Miller Marauders at 5:15 p.m. Campbell will face the second-place LeBoldus Golden Suns in a south-end showdown that is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Schwann Conference final is to be held Nov. 5, 8 p.m., at Mosaic Stadium.
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