The St. Albert Storm ended the midget spring league season on a winning note Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Storm evened their record at 3-3 with the 29-8 decision against the West Edmonton Raiders.
Unlike previous years, there are no playoff placement games in the Capital District Minor Football Association.
Quade Kozak fired touchdown passes of 29 yards to Travis Heggart and nine yards to Cordel Callioux in the first quarter and hit Ben Vanleeuwen for an eight-yard score in the second quarter.
Kozak completed 15 of 22 attempts for 203 yards and was intercepted once.
In four games, Kozak amassed 1,034 passing yards while going 63-for-98 for 12 TDs and four interceptions.
Heggart and Logan McCullough tied for the team lead in receiving TDs with seven apiece.
Overall, Heggart caught 22 passes for 404 yards in five games and McCullough had 25 receptions for 481 yards in six games.
Callioux led the Storm in receiving yards Saturday with 104 on nine receptions and Heggart had 52 yards on three grabs.
Kozak also ran three yards into the endzone in the fourth quarter and the third conversion by VanLeeuwen made it 27-8. VanLeeuwen’s point-after attempt following his TD was blocked.
VanLeeuwen gained 133 yards on 14 carries as the Storm rushed for 226 yards overall.
VanLeeuwen collected a team-high 307 yards on 42 carries in six games and Kozak led the Storm in rushing TDs with six on 33 runs for 217 yards.
McCullough also scored three TDs on 18 handoffs for 272 yards
The Storm closed out the scoring Saturday with Heggart’s safety on the punter.
Heggart also sacked quarterback Russell Dixon, who played for the junior Paul Kane Blues last year, for a 35-yard loss when the Raiders were third and goal from the Storm’s five-yard line in the third quarter.
Zach Froese and Karl Haasz, a pair of north team players for the May 22 Bantam Bowl at Foote Field, were also credited with one sack apiece and Cole Precht picked off a pass.
Bronson Wilkie recorded 10 tackles for 45 in six games and Precht and Dylan McCoy had four each. Precht finished with 20 tackles in six games.
In week two, the Storm lost 30-20 to the Raiders (2-4) in Spruce Grove.
The last game for the St. Albert Storm before the playoffs in midget spring league football kicks off Saturday at Clarke Park.
Game time is 8 p.m. against the West Edmonton Raiders.
Both teams are 2-3 and last month the Raiders beat the Storm 30-20.
The Storm are coming off a 49-45 loss to the Edmonton Chargers (4-1) last weekend at the Clareview turf field.
The Chargers tacked up 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
At halftime the Storm led 35-20.
Quade Kozak completed 19 of 30 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns and was intercepted once. Kozak also led the Storm in rushing with 78 yards on 12 carries for one TD.
Travis Heggart was on the receiving end of four TD passes for eight catches overall for 104 yards.
Cordel Callioux also grabbed three passes for 71 yards.
Kolby Phillips was credited with a team-high six tackles, Bronson Wilkie made five tackles and Heggart recovered a fumble.
The St. Albert Storm are coming off their worst loss of the season when they line up against the Edmonton Chargers in midget spring league football.
Saturday’s kick-off is 3 p.m. at the Clareview turf field.
The Chargers are 3-1 and the Storm is 2-2 in the nine-team Capital District Minor Football Association division for Grade 9, 10 and 11 players.
The last game for the Storm was a humbling 59-33 shellacking by the 3-2 Edmonton Seahawks last weekend at the Millwoods turf field.
It was 20-0 Seahawks in the first quarter after the Storm turned the ball over at their 40 on the first series.
The halftime score was 34-7 and after three quarters it was 46-13.
The blustery weather forced the Storm to air the ball out and quarterback Quade Kozak completed 21 of 33 attempts for 459 yards and four touchdowns and was intercepted twice.
The Storm also dressed an 18-man lineup due to Bantam Bowl north team tryouts, the U18/U17 provincial selection camp and sickness.
The lack of players affected the depth in several positions, including the offensive line.
Logan McCullough continued his outstanding spring league performance with TD receptions of 34, 50 and 45 yards in the fourth quarter, plus a two-point conversion catch.
McCullough grabbed seven passes in total for 220 yards.
After four games, McCullough has seven receiving TDs and 431 yards on 20 catches and has rushed for three majors on 13 carries for 212 yards.
Travis Heggart pulled off a highlight-reel 33-yard TD catch at the back of the endzone and Kozak also crossed the goal line on a one-yard sneak after Ben VanLeeuwen bulldozed his way 19 yards to the one.
Bronson Wilke led the defence with seven tackles.
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It is with great pleasure that I formally announce the new 2017 Midget Head Coach, Mr. Mike Meek. Mike had to turn down this position last season because of business conflicts, however he once again joined our staff as a Defense and Offense Line Coach in 2016. Mike has been with the Storm for over 6 years and previously coached PeeWee and Bantam teams for SAMFA. Mike has been an assistant coach with the Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds High School Senior team for the past 7 years and his son Garrett is a defensive lineman with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Please join me in welcoming Mike as our Head Coach for Midget in 2017.