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Prairie Conference Summary

10/25/2021, 4:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The top three in the Conference record a victory

Photo courtesy of Matthew Hamilton

Regina Thunder 35
Calgary Colts 16

The Thunder completed the undefeated regular season with a lopsided win over the Colts on Sunday afternoon with 431 yards of total offence.

The ground game gathered 232 yards led by Brayden Long who chewed up 84 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.   Back-up quarterback Zenon Orobko threw a touchdown pass to Munir Majien and kicker Eric Maximuik nailed four field goals.

The defence held the Colts rushing attack to just 59 yards but that said running back Ike Okafor did punch it into the end zone from a yard out.   Quarterback Justin Verloop threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Shemar McBean in the third quarter.  Both scores from the Colts happened in the second half.

On the Colts defensive side Andrew McKay was the brightest star with a game high 10 solo tackles and had three assists.

For the Thunder (8-0) it’s their first undefeated season since becoming the Thunder and have a first round bye into the Prairie Conference semi-finals.  The Regina Rams had a perfect season in 1993.  The Colts meanwhile (1-7) will finish sixth and will face the Edmonton Huskies (5-3) in the Conference quarterfinal this coming weekend.

Saskatoon Hilltops 32
Winnipeg Rifles 17

The Hilltops finished off the regular season in fine fashion collecting 488 yards of total offence on Sunday including 359 through the air.  Quarterback Damon Dutton completed 28 passes and connected with Ethan Godson, Lachlan Horsley and Jon Chisholm for touchdowns.  Godson hauled in eight passes for 132 yards.

Carter McLean also got into the end zone on 13 carries.

Defensively they forced six turnovers but did give up 339 yards through the air. Rifles’ quarterback Bryson McNeil completed 32 passes to eight different receivers and hit Everrett Findley for a touchdown.   

Running back Sekina Scheibler ran for a second quarter touchdown.

The Hilltops (6-2) earned a first round playoff bye into the Conference semi-final while the Rifles (2-6) will host the Edmonton Wildcats (2-6) in the quarterfinals this coming weekend.

Edmonton Huskies 35
Edmonton Wildcats 27

The Huskies used a 28-point first half on route to their fifth win of the season.  Quarterback Declan O’Flaherty completed 14 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to De Shawn Le Jour and the other to offensive lineman Carson Lethbridge from five yards out.

Running back Alex Gayle had another huge game with 125 yards on 22 carries and two scores.

The Wildcats on the other hand outgained the Huskies but still lost on the scoreboard.   Their scoring highlight was a 99-yard kick-off return for a touchdown by Declan Mullin in the first quarter following a Huskies major.

Running back Jayden Sak had a nice game with two touchdowns and 83 yards on 13 carries.

This coming weekend both teams from Edmonton will play in a quarterfinal, the Huskies (5-3) will host the Calgary Colts (1-7) while the Wildcats (2-6) will travel to face the Winnipeg Rifles (2-6).

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