The Saskatoon Hilltops scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to crush the Colts 41-9 in Calgary and did most of their damage following turnovers. A Cam Schnitzler interception in Calgary territory mid-way through the second quarter was converted into a beautiful 38-yard touchdown strike from Jordan Walls to Ryan Turple just two plays later giving Saskatoon a 16-6 lead. However that momentum was short lived as the Colts started a late second quarter drive from their own one yard line and pulled to within a converted touchdown on a 44-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
The Toppers converted a fumbled punt deep in Calgary territory into another major five minutes after the break as Walls whipped an 8 yard touchdown pass to Jason Price who made a sensational catch in the far corner of the end zone. Two more turnovers by the Colts resulted a 16 yard field goal by James Vause and a single on a missed attempt from the 27 yard line, giving the Toppers a 27-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Saskatoon essentially put the game away early in the final frame when Walls connected with Sam Mike for an 8 yard touchdown toss. Mike made a miraculous catch, keeping both feet in bounds while falling backward. The officals hesitated before signaling the touchdown. Vause added field goals from 45 and 23 yards and an 18 yard single to round out the scoring. John Brown had a strong day stepping in for injured punter Rylan Kleiter averaging over 37-yards per kick.
Walls left the game mid-way through the fourth quarter completing 13-of-22 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Colts quarterback Bailey Wasdal was 20-for-36 for 243 yards but was intercepted three times as Tom Schnitzler and Jared Giddings pulled off the other picks for the Hilltops who forced five turnovers in total while not committing any. The Hilltops defense held the Colts to 24 yards net offense in the second half as Wasdal was constantly under pressure. Riley Pickett (pictured) was unstoppable sacking Wasdal four times.
Logan Fischer led a 254 yard rushing attack running for 97 on 19 carries including a three yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Speedy Josh Ewanchyna totaled 92 yard on just seven carries including the longest gain of the day on a 37 yard counter play in the third quarter. The win leaves the Toppers tied for second with Regina at 4-1, while the Edmonton Huskies continue to lead the PFC at 5-0. The Huskies beat the Wildcats 40-7 on Saturday while the Thunder pulled out a 29-24 win over the Winnipeg Rifles at Mosaic Stadium.
The Hilltops now prepare for a Sunday afternoon date against the Rifles with opening kickoff at Saskatoon Minor Football Field set for 1 p.m. The broadcast on 92.9 THE BULL signs on at 12:30.