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Saskatoon Hilltops 44
Winnipeg Rifles 14
The Saskatoon Hilltops have clinched first place and home field advantage throughout the CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series after the 30 point victory in Winnipeg. Quarterback Jared Andreychuk completed just six passes for 121 but two of them were for touchdowns finding Jason Price and Ryan Turple. Price finished with 134 yards.
The run game collected three touchdowns, Logan Fischer scoring two of them on 57 yards, while Colin Stumborg scored the other. Josh Ewanchyna rushed 12 times for 104 yards.
Defensively Connor Guillet had two sacks and Riley Keating intercepted a pass.
The Winnipeg Rifles roller coaster of a season came to a close with quarterback Jonathan Remple completing 15 of 33 for 152 yards. He also ran for a touchdown. Running back Michael Ritchott carried 15 times for 86 yards and a score.
The Hilltops (8-1) will host the Regina Thunder (5-4) on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm in a CJFL Canadian Bowl Prairie Conference semi-final.
Edmonton Huskies 51
Calgary Colts 35
The Huskies win their fifth straight game collecting 505 yards of total offence on the stingiest defence in the Conference. Quarterback Brad Launhardt was 21 of 36 for 309 yards and threw three touchdowns to Darian Grymaloski who finished with 149 yards. Running back Jimmie Airey had a big game with 138 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Defensively the Huskies forced five turnovers including an interception and fumble recovery by Daniele Loggale.
The Colts have lost two straight and limp into the CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series. Running back Dylan Minshull carried 20 times for 108 yards and had two touchdowns, while Xavier Ramsay had a major on 13 carries. The passing attack collected 218 yards on 14 completions by two different quarterbacks.
The Colts had their best quarter in the fourth scoring 16 points, arguably after the Huskies took their foot off the gas.
With the win the Huskies (6-3) finish third and will visit the Colts (7-2) this weekend in the CJFL Canadian Bowl Prairie Conference semi-final.
Regina Thunder 69
Edmonton Wildcats 18
The Thunder collected an incredible 803 yards of total offence in their blowout victory in Edmonton. That total is second most in PFC history. Quarterback Brock Sich was 20 of 28 for 352 yards and threw five touchdowns while Chris Campbell completed nine passes for 212 yards and a score. Both Levi Paul and Kristopher Calcutt each caught two touchdown passes.
On the ground Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette won the PFC rushing crown with five carries for 155 yards and an 85 yard touchdown scamper. Quinten Ruckaber also recorded a major.
Defensively the Thunder tallied six interceptions. Taylor Mayer had three of those picks and Marcus Hall returned an interception 42 yards to the house. Ryan Warner had two sacks.
The Wildcats offence saw a couple of bright spots. Quarterback Austin Ericson started his first game, completed nine passes, two of them for touchdowns finding Luther Hakunavanhu and Zach Burgess for long scores.
Defensive back Jayden Dalke was a star making three interceptions and five tackles.
The Thunder (5-4) will now travel to Saskatoon to face the Hilltops (8-1) in the CJFL Canadian Bowl Prairie Conference semi-final on Sunday at 1:00pm. The Wildcats (0-9) conclude their season without a win and have lost 16 straight regular season game in a row.
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