The Saskatoon Hilltops clinched first place in the final Prairie Football Conference standings with a wild 38-28 win over the previously unbeaten Huskies in Edmonton.
The Toppers came out with a lot of energy and emotion which sparked a blocked punt by Riley Keating (pictured), recovered in the end zone by Adam Benkic to give Saskatoon a 10-0 first quarter lead.
However, the Huskies mounted a furious comeback in the second quarter doing all their scoring in the final five minutes including a field goal and touchdown in the final minute to carry a 14-10 into the second half. The Hilltops took over the game in the third quarter kicking their running game into high gear.
Adam Machart who rambled for 143 yards on 20 carries powered in for a one-yard touchdown six minutes into the third quarter, followed by a two-yard plunge by Josh Ewanchyna less than a minute later. Ewanchyna sprinted in for his second touchdown of the quarter from four yards out with just over a minute remaining and the Hilltops carried a 31-14 lead into the fourth quarter. The Toppers did their third quarter damage against the stiff wind at Clarke Field.
A John Brown punt single followed by a 35-yard field goal from James Vause extended the lead to 21 points but again the Huskies mounted a comeback. Back-to-back majors by the Huskies which included a successful on-side kick made it a 35-28 game with three minutes to go. The Hilltops recovered the Huskies second on-side kick attempt and Vause put the game away with his third field goal of the game from 16-yards with 1:11 remaining.
Ewanchyna ended the game with 100 yards on 14 carries during his second multiple touchdown game of the season. He had three in the 52-26 win over the Winnipeg Rifles two weeks ago.
The Toppers now take on the Winnipeg Sunday, Oct. 15 at SMF Field in the PFC semi-finals.