The Paul Kane Blues and Bev Facey Falcons will battle for metro Edmonton high school junior football honours Thursday.

The premier conference final kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Foote Field. Admission is $5.

Both teams are 4-0 going into the big game after finishing first in their respective pools.

In the crossover semifinals last week, the Blues scored 35 unanswered points to beat the Beaumont Bandits 35-7 and Facey hung on to defeat the Bellerose Dawgs 17-12 after leading by 16 late in the third quarter.

The Blues are 6-1 overall as the first junior football team in Paul Kane history.

The last St. Albert team to win the premier crown was the Hawks in 2006.

The metro Edmonton high school volleyball playoffs swing into action today for the senior teams in the premier and city conferences.

In the premier women’s quarter-finals, the Paul Kane Blues host the Sturgeon Spirits at 4:45 p.m. and the St. Albert Skyhawks entertain the Ardrossan Bisons at 6:15 p.m.

Paul Kane and the Bev Facey Falcons finished on top of the premier standings at 10-1, but the Blues were awarded first place because they knocked off Facey 19-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20, 17-15 last week in Sherwood Park. It was 11-4 in the fifth set for the 2010 premier champions before Facey mounted a comeback.

League play wrapped up Monday, as the Blues swept the eighth-place 4-7 Spirits in three sets at Paul Kane.

The Skyhawks and Ardrossan are both 8-3 going into the playoffs. The Skyhawks have home court advantage because they defeated Ardrossan in five sets in September.

In the premier men’s playoffs, Sturgeon hosts the Louis St. Laurent Barons and Paul Kane visits the Holy Trinity Trojans. Game times are 4:45 p.m.

Sturgeon placed second in premier at 8-2 after polishing off the fifth-place 4-5 Blues in four sets Monday at Paul Kane.

Holy Trinity is 5-4 and the Barons are 4-5. In league play Holy Trinity beat the Blues in four sets and Sturgeon also needed four sets to dispose of the Barons.

Highlighting the round of eight in the city men’s playoffs is the match between the Skyhawks and John Paul II at 4:45 p.m. at the SkyDome. The fourth-place 7-3 Skyhawks swept the fifth-place 5-5 Fort Saskatchewan team in September.

The Bellerose Bulldogs failed to make the men’s and women’s playoffs in premier.

The premier and city semifinals are Nov. 7. Austin O’Brien High School is hosting the finals on Nov. 10 for the city men and Nov. 12 for the premier women and men.

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