Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography
For the first time since 2013 the Saskatoon Hilltops and Regina Thunder square off in the Prairie Conference final. Back then the Thunder beat the Hilltops and went onto host and win the Canadian Bowl.
They met twice during the regular season, each winning on the road.
This game could come down to which defence can stop the running attack. Both Logan Fischer (Hilltops) and Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette (Thunder) are two of the premier backs across the entire CJFL. Fischer has been banged up as of late, but is a “big game” back and will no doubt be ready for Sunday.
The Hilltops advanced to the Conference final after a 28-21 win over Winnipeg last week and the Thunder upset the Edmonton Huskies 24-21.
Listen to both head coaches as they preview this highly anticipated All-Saskatchewan final which kicks off on Sunday at 3:00pm at SMF Field in Saskatoon. Hilltops voice Drew Wilson talks with Tom Sargeant while Ryan Watters chats with Scott MacAulay
Head to Head
Record: Thunder 5-3 – Hilltops 7-1
Points For: Thunder 279 – Hilltops 338*
Points Allowed: Thunder 213 – Hilltops 127
Passing Leaders: Sawyer Buettner – 149* of 221 for 2198 yards* 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions (Thunder) – Jordan Walls – 124 of 202 for 1870 yards, 16 touchdowns, 2 interceptions (Hilltops)
Rushing Leaders: Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette – 93 carries for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns (Thunder) – Logan Fischer – 121 carries* for 804 yards and 11 touchdowns* (Hilltops)
Receiving Leaders: Levi Paul – 41 receptions for 575 yards* and 6 touchdowns (Thunder) – Ryan Turple – 33 receptions for 542 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Field Goals: Eric Maximuik – 9 of 15 (Thunder) – James Vause – 12 of 20 (Hilltops)
Leading Tacklers: Tyson Haubrich – 27 tackles (Thunder) – Cameron Schnitzler – 33 tackles (Hilltops)
Turnovers: Thunder +4 – Hilltops +14