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After suffering their first loss of the season to the Calgary Colts last week, the Saskatoon Hilltops returned to action in a dominant fashion on Sunday, recording 609 yards total offence while defeating the host Edmonton Wildcats 53-16.

Edmonton (0-4) had little answer for the Saskatoon Hilltops (3-1) offence early in Sunday’s Prairie Football Conference matchup, allowing three touchdowns in the first 11 and a half minutes of the game to give Saskatoon the lead 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Two of those touchdowns belonged to rookie running back Josh Ewanchyna, the second touchdown was brought in by receiver Jason Price.

A field goal in the first two minutes of the second quarter by James Barnsley put the Wildcats on the board, but Saskatoon was quick to answer as Hilltops quarterback Jared Andreychuk connected with receiver Sam Mike for another major.

The final two minutes of the first half saw plenty of action as Wildcats quarterback Colton Hippe called his own number and punched in a touchdown from the one-yard line, cutting the lead to 28-10. Saskatoon wasn’t willing to let Edmonton have the momentum going into the intermission, however, and added another 10 of their own — on a reception by Price and a field goal by James Vause — before the whistle blew for halftime.

In the third quarter, Saskatoon continued where they left off, adding another two rushing touchdowns — one each from Adam Machart and Ewanchyna — to take a 52-10 lead that would carry both teams into the final quarter.

Saskatoon stalled offensively in the fourth quarter, only recording a safety, while the Hilltop defence held the Wildcats to two field goals.

Ewanchyna led the charge in the Hilltops ground game, recording 179 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, followed by Machart who added one touchdown and 118 yards on 17 touches. In the air, Andreychuk went 13 for 18, tallying 244 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, with his favourite targets being Price (six catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns) and Mike (five catches for 91 yards and one touchdown). The Hilltops defence held the Wildcats to 258 yards total offence and 250 yards through the air in passing, but created a wall against the run game and held them to 22 yards rushing.

The Hilltops are back at home on Saturday as they host the Regina Thunder (3-1) at 7 p.m. at SMF Field.

Courtesy Saskatoon StarPhoenix


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Saskatoon Hilltops211714153
Edmonton Wildcats0100616