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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).

Week 10 Head to Head

10/22/2021, 4:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Check out the match-ups and broadcast links

Photo courtesy of Honey Mustard Media

SATURDAY GAMES

Quinte Skyhawks @ London Beefeaters – Saturday October 23, 5:00pm – City Wide Sports Park | WATCH HERE

Head to Head

Records: Skyhawks 2-5 – Beefeaters 4-2
Points For: Skyhawks 167 – Beefeaters 215
Points Allowed: Skyhawks 264 – Beefeaters 114

Passing Leaders: Carter Stephen – 63 of 171 (37%) for 887 yards and 6 touchdowns (Skyhawks) – Clarke McCallum – 55 of 107 (51%) for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns (Beefeaters)

Rushing Leaders: Adam Misiewicz – 68 carries for 161 yards (Skyhawks) – Taz Bell – 43 carries for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns (Beefeaters)

Receiving Leaders: Brandon Robbins – 24 receptions for 310 yards (Skyhawks) – Mitchel Spence – 15 receptions for 308 yards and 5 touchdowns (Beefeaters)

Leading Tacklers: Burkley Banilevic – 29 tackles (Skyhawks) – Codey McRoberts – 17 tackles (Beefeaters)

Turnovers: Skyhawks -14 – Beefeaters +16

Kamloops Broncos @ Langley Rams – Saturday October 23, 4:00pm – McLeod Stadium | WATCH HERE

Head to Head

Records: Broncos 0-6 – Rams 6-0
Points For: Broncos 43 – Rams 149
Points Allowed: Broncos 277 – Rams 19

Passing Leaders: Clark Snider – 28 of 64 (44%) for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns (Broncos) – Trey Jacob – 36 of 73 (49%) for 588 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rams)

Rushing Leaders: Cam Gregorczyk – 80 carries for 291 yards and 1 touchdown (Broncos) – Joel Klassen – 62 carries for 498 yards and 1 touchdown (Rams)

Receiving Leaders: Ayden Cummins – 11 receptions for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns (Broncos) – Daniel Kubongo – 13 receptions for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns (Rams)

Leading Tacklers: Avery Dunster – 24 tackles (Broncos) – Kyle Clarot – 17 tackles (Rams)

Turnovers: Broncos -25 – Rams +16

Edmonton Wildcats @ Edmonton Huskies – Saturday October 23, 7:00pm – JP Bowl | WATCH HERE

Head to Head

Records: Wildcats 2-5 – Huskies 4-3
Points For: Wildcats 158 – Huskies 299
Points Allowed: Wildcats 237 – Huskies 168

Passing Leaders: Devin Desormeau – 76 of 142 (53%) for 991 yards and 8 touchdowns (Wildcats) – Declan O’Flaherty – 124 of 211 (59%) for 1962 yards and 16 touchdowns (Huskies)

Rushing Leaders: Nathan Zacharias – 94 carries for 549 yards and 3 touchdowns (Wildcats) – Alex Gayle – 127 carries for 802 yards and 10 touchdowns (Huskies)

Receiving Leaders: Lucas Howe – 18 receptions for 337 yards and 6 touchdowns (Wildcats) – Adner St. Hilaire – 31 receptions for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns (Huskies)

Leading Tacklers: Colton MacNeil – 23 tackles (Wildcats) – Maurice Dubois – 30 tackles (Huskies)

Turnovers: Wildcats -10 – Huskies +3

VI Raiders @ Westshore Rebels – Saturday October 23, 7:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE

Head to Head

Records: Raiders 2-4 – Rebels 1-5
Points For: Raiders 114 – Rebels 112
Points Allowed: Raiders 164 – Rebels 204

Passing Leaders: Jake Laberge – 83 of 163 (51%) for 1381 yards and 14 touchdowns (Raiders) – Colby Henkel – 78 of 149 (52%) for 1153 yards and 6 touchdowns (Rebels)

Rushing Leaders: Jason Henderson – 90 carries for 408 yards and 2 touchdowns (Raiders) – Zack Lubin – 76 carries for 445 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)

Receiving Leaders: Alexander Bonnetplume – 20 receptions for 382 yards and 6 touchdowns (Raiders) – Kieran Poissant – 22 receptions for 435 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)

Leading Tacklers: Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – 31 tackles (Raiders) – Austin Morgan – 22 tackles (Rebels)

Turnovers: Raiders +3 – Rebels -14

SUNDAY GAMES

Saskatoon Hilltops @ Winnipeg Rifles – Sunday October 24, 1:00pm – Maple Grove Park | WATCH HERE

Head to Head

Records: Hilltops 5-2 – Rifles 2-5
Points For: Hilltops 196 – Rifles 109
Points Allowed: Hilltops 118 – Rifles 234

Passing Leaders: Damon Dutton – 99 of 146 (68%) for 1169 yards and 9 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Thomas Hubbard – 59 of 115 (51%) for 627 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rifles)

Rushing Leaders: Carter McLean – 112 carries for 558 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hilltops)

Receiving Leaders: Ethan Godson – 22 receptions for 392 yards and 5 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Luke McMillan – 27 receptions for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns (Rifles)

Leading Tacklers: Matt Wist – 25 tackles (Hilltops) – Brandon Kamenz – 33 tackles (Rifles)

Turnovers: Hilltops +7 – Rifles -4

Calgary Colts @ Regina Thunder – Sunday October 24, 1:00pm – Leibel Field | WATCH HERE

Head to Head

Records: Colts 1-6 – Thunder 7-0
Points For: Colts 142 – Thunder 258
Points Allowed: Colts 277 – Thunder 128

Passing Leaders: Justin Verloop – 51 of 101 (50%) for 679 yards and 7 touchdowns (Colts) – Carter Shewchuk – 93 of 147 (63%) for 1494 yards and 14 touchdowns (Thunder)

Rushing Leaders: Ike Okafor – 85 carries for 385 yards and 2 touchdowns (Colts) – Ryland Leichert – 76 carries for 428 yards and 4 touchdowns (Thunder)

Receiving Leaders: Rylan Sokul – 37 receptions for 614 yards and 6 touchdowns (Thunder)

Leading Tacklers: Austin Daisy – 51 tackles (Colts) – Stephen Smith – 31 tackles (Thunder)

Turnovers: Colts -8 - Thunder +12

Hamilton Hurricanes @ GTA Grizzlies – Sunday October 24, 1:00pm – Centennial Stadium

Head to Head

Records: Hurricanes 3-2 – Grizzlies 0-6
Points For: Hurricanes 148 – Grizzlies 46
Points Allowed: Hurricanes 110 – Grizzlies 235

Passing Leaders: Ethan Belbeck – 68 of 134 (51%) for 1048 yards and 11 touchdowns (Hurricanes) – Alex Purvis – 19 of 40 (47%) for 244 yards and 1 touchdown (Grizzlies)

Rushing Leaders: Isaac McAlonan – 37 carries for 253 yards and 1 touchdown (Hurricanes) – David Lim – 34 carries for 141 yards and 1 touchdown (Grizzlies)

Leading Tacklers: Sebastian Gottfredsen – 16 tackles (Hurricanes) – Josh Amador – 21 tackles (Grizzlies)

Turnovers: Hurricanes -6 – Grizzlies -7

Win Your Tuition

10/22/2021, 9:15am PDT
By Supplied

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