Photo courtesy of Louis Christ
It was a Happy Thanksgiving for three PFC teams as the Saskatoon Hilltops, Regina Thunder and Calgary Colts each recorded a victory in the regular season finale.
On Saturday night, the Calgary Colts clinched a playoff berth with their third straight win, following a 49-17 victory over the Edmonton Huskies.
The Colts used a 27 point first half and 489 yards of offense to complete the regular season sweep over the Huskies.
Quarterback Brett Hunchak had his best game of the year finishing 17 of 28 for 259 yards and threw four touchdown passes. Jevon Cottoy led the attack with five catches for 157 yards and three majors, while Aaron Roemmele hauled in four passes for 57 yards and the other TD strike.
The Colts ground game was simply terrific gaining 246 yards led by Xavier Ramsey who rushed 15 times for 110 yards and a score. Cam Fox was equally impressive with 13 carries for 109 yards and a major.
Kicker Marshal Broom hit two field goals, including one from 41 yards out.
Defensively the Colts forced six turnovers. Chris Friesen had an interception and a sack, Brock Ramias picked off a pass and collected four solo tackles. Both Niedermaier and Riley Nicholas jumped on fumbles, while the Huskies turned the ball over twice on downs. Logan Wall, Colton Burr and Jakub Jakoubek each had five solo tackles.
The Colts (4-4) finish the regular season winning four of their last five and are back in the post season when they travel to Regina to take on the Thunder (5-2-1) on Sunday afternoon.
The Edmonton Huskies conclude their season following the loss on Saturday night to the Colts.
The ground game led the charge for the Huskies as Jason Jubinville rushed 12 times for 93 yards and Jimmie Airey collected 82 yards on eight carries.
Through the air, quarterback Trevor Erdmann completed 18 of 36 for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Both Marc LaPlante and Colton Balicki each caught TD passes.
On the defensive side of things, Jassen Brown collected eight solo tackles while Brandt Kolybaba had seven. Daniel Loggale forced the lone turnover when he picked off a pass.
The Huskies finish 2-5-1 and will miss the 2014 playoffs.
The Saskatoon Hilltops clinched first place and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 28-23 victory over the Edmonton Wildcats on Sunday.
Quarterback Jared Andreychuck was 16 of 30 for 257 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Evan Turkington, who caught four balls in total. Mitchell Davis caught a team high six passes for 89 yards.
The running attack was once again led by Wayndel Lewis who becomes the second consecutive Hilltops rusher to gain over 1,000 yards in a single season. He rushed 23 times for 140 yards and a major. In all the ground game collected 194 yards.
Kicker Brett Thorarinsson was a perfect 4-4 in field goals.
Cole Benkic led the defense with five solo tackles and had forced fumble. Quinn Pierce chipped in with four stops while Justin Filteau and Matt Kozun recovered fumbles.
The Hilltops (6-2) again finish first and will host the Winnipeg Rifles (3-5) in the PFC semi-final on Sunday.
With the loss the Edmonton Wildcats season comes to a close despite 371 yards of passing for quarterback Jordon Olson. He finished 29 of 40 and threw a touchdown pass. His favourite target was Ryan Smith who hauled in 11 balls for 129 yards and a major. Brad Quartel in his final junior game caught nine passes for 129 yards.
Anthony Myroon led the ground game with 10 carries for 41 yards and a score.
Defensively Luc Catellier picked off a pair of passes and returned one for a touchdown. Jahlani Knorren recorded a game high eight tackles while Isaiah Hoeppner and Luke Roberts each had a sack.
The Wildcats finish the season on a three game losing streak, missing the playoffs with a 3-5 record.
The Regina Thunder concluded the regular season with a 26-18 victory over the Winnipeg Rifles and will host the PFC semi-final on Saturday.
The Thunder used the ground game to wear down the Rifles collecting 223 yards, led by Nick Brown who carried 20 times for 137 yards. Matt Frass and Colton Klassen each punched it into the end zone.
Quarterback Spencer Mack completed 15 of 24 for 185 yards and threw a touchdown strike to Thomas Bresciani. Preston Bews caught six passes for 91 yards.
On the defensive side Dustin Erbach, Chris Tunnicliffe and Taylor Mayer each picked off passes and Cole Ward jumped on a fumble. Michael Bittman was solid with four tackles and two sacks.
The Thunder (5-2-1) nail down the second seed and will host the Calgary Colts (4-4) in the semi on Saturday.
As for the Winnipeg Rifles, they clinch the fourth and final playoff spot despite the loss.
Quarterback Tyler Vieira completed 13 of 33 passes for 386 yards and threw a pair of TD passes. His main target was Niclas Bembenek who caught 244 yards on just six passes. Brendan Naujokes caught three passes for 117 yards including a 78 yard touchdown strike. Kurt Goodrich caught two passes, giving him a Conference high 50 receptions.
On the defense both Joshua Onyebuchi and Braedy Will made seven tackles. Brady Carter and Connor MacLeod each had a sack while Onyebuchi blocked a kick.
The Rifles (3-5) claim fourth place and will have a tall task as they head to Saskatoon to face the Hilltops (6-2) in the semi-final on Sunday afternoon.