Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
Edmonton Huskies 20
Regina Thunder 17
The Huskies punched their ticket to the Prairie Conference final for the second straight year with a three point road victory over the Thunder on Sunday.
The defence stood tall for the Huskies, after the offence scored 15 of their 20 points in the first quarter. They held the Thunder to just 70 yards rushing and focused on slowing down the passing attack. They forced three turnovers led by Justin Hodinsky who had two interceptions and five solo tackles. Team leading tackler Tadi Siwira collected another three stops, two assisted tackles and had a knockdown.
On the offensive side quarterback Declan O’Flaherty was outstanding completing 29 passes for 375 yards and a pair of first quarter touchdown passes. His favourite target was Sam Clayton who hauled in 11 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Ronnie Oling also had a major on five catches.
The Thunder started rolling in the second half, scoring 13 of their 17 points but still came up a bit short. Quarterback Blake Scherle had a big game completing 21 passes for 294 yards and had an 18 yard rushing touchdown. But it was his two interceptions that hurt the Thunder. Running back Maxwell Foerster had the other touchdown for the home side.
The defence did hold the Huskies to just 89 yards on the ground, but it was the passing game they struggled to stop. Brandyn Martin was the best defender on the field with a game high nine solo tackles while Davin Williamson had four and a knockdown.
The Huskies move onto the Prairie Conference title game in Saskatoon on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s championship game. The winner will head to Ontario for the CJFL National Semi-Final.
Saskatoon Hilltops 31
Edmonton Wildcats 7
The Hilltops jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. As they do so often the ground game controlled the play led by Ben Abrook and his 29 carries for 153 yards and he scored two touchdowns. In all the Hilltops chewed up 229 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Tyler Hermann seemed content to hand the ball off. However when they needed a pass he was there and more often than not made a positive play by completing 10 passes for 125 yards and threw two touchdowns in his playoff debut as a starter. Both touchdown passes were caught by Rylan Kleiter, which were the only balls he caught on the afternoon.
Defensively the Hilltops forced five turnovers and Jared Giddings had two of them, including intercepting a pass and forcing and recovering a fumble. Evan Mantyka had eight tackles and Jesse McNabb had six and shared a sack.
The Wildcats tried to tie up the Hilltops defensively by starting Devin Desormeau at quarterback rather than Dante Tabacu. Desormeau had a decent game completing 24 passes for 200 yards and found Tanner Holt for a second quarter touchdown.
On the defensive side Rony Bakehe had four tackles and the lone sack while Tony Savchuk intercepted a pass.
The Hilltops will now host the Edmonton Huskies for the second straight season in the Prairie Conference final on Sunday at 1:00pm at SMF Field.
Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
The Top 10 Power Rankings are out as the regular season comes to a close. The BC Conference will play their final games, while the Prairie and Ontario Conferences open the 2019 post season.
Last weekend the BC teams had a bye weekend, there was only one game in Ontario and just two in the Prairies, so nothing has changed in the Power Rankings
|1||Saskatoon Hilltops (8-0)||1|
|2||Langley Rams (9-0)||2|
|3||Windsor AKO Fratmen (7-1)||3|
|4||Regina Thunder (6-2)||4|
|5||Edmonton Huskies (6-2)||5|
|6||Westshore Rebels (7-2)||6|
|7||London Beefeaters (6-2)||7|
|8||Hamilton Hurricanes (6-2)||8|
|9||Okanagan Sun (5-5)||9|
|10||VI Raiders (4-5)||10|
Photo courtesy of Shelly Priest
Saskatoon Hilltops 48
Edmonton Wildcats 8
Including playoffs and Canadian Bowls the Hilltops won their 27th straight game on Sunday pounding the Wildcats in a playoff preview.
The Hilltops offence gained 577 total yards primarily through the air. Quarterback Tyler Hermann in his final regular season game was 20 of 26 for 364 yards and threw four touchdowns. He threw touchdown passes to Keegan Dicks, Connor Graham, Taner Rhode and a 58 yard major to Dillan Heintz in the second quarter.
On the ground Ben Abrook added to his impressive season with 101 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Carter McLean also scored on the ground.
Defensively the Hilltops forced five turnovers and six sacks led by Jesse McNabb who had three of them.
The Wildcats on the other hand didn’t do much offensively. Their only points came on the defensive side of the ball in the third quarter when Zach Putters returned an interception 43 yards for a pick six.
The Hilltops finish 8-0 and will host the Wildcats (2-6) on Sunday at SMF Field in a Prairie Conference semi-final.
Edmonton Huskies 49
Calgary Colts 21
The Huskies put together a very balanced attack on Sunday collecting 490 yards of total offence. An incredible 11 different receivers caught passes from two quarterbacks. Declan O’Flahery threw for 139 yards and four touchdowns while Jordan Lane completed two more majors. Both Ronnie Oling and Harrison Cabel each caught two touchdown passes and Sam Clayton and Adner St. Hilaire hauled in the others.
The ground game gathered 220 yards led by Alex Gayle and his 11 carries for 129 yards.
On the defensive side Nicholas Cowan picked up a fumble and scored a touchdown with a three yard return, all part of a 35 point second quarter.
The special teams also blocked two Colt kicks.
Despite being down 35-0 at halftime the Colts did rally and never quit in the second half scoring all 21 of their points.
Quarterback Cole Belway completed 21 passes for 216 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes finding Chinomso Chikwendu and Seguin Adeseye.
Defensive back Tyrese Bristol also scored for the Colts.
The Huskies (6-2) now move onto the Prairie Conference semis this coming Sunday. They will hit the road and play in Regina, taking on the Thunder (6-2) with the winner moving onto the Conference final. The Colts (1-7) season comes to a close.