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It’s the type of game that old Mosaic Stadium has seen time and time again: One team down with only a small amount of time left and a slim chance of a comeback and yet, somehow, the team digs deep and finds a way to get the win.

It seems fitting for the Saskatoon Hilltops that they were able to say goodbye to old Mosaic in such a manner on Saturday, coming back from a 26-16 deficit with 2:21 left to defeat the hometown Regina Thunder 30-26 in Canadian Junior Football League action.

“Great battle today. Well-coached,” Hilltops head coach Tom Sargeant told Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post. “They put their players in good spots and caused us some confusion and difficulties.”

Entering the fourth quarter with the teams tied 16-16, Regina (3-4) broke open the score after four minutes with a 15-yard field goal from James Reid. The Thunder extended the advantage a few series later with a touchdown from Brock Sich to take the 26-16 lead. Not to be deterred, the Hilltops (6-1) came out strong on the ensuing series and capped off a drive. Quarterback Jared Andreychuk connected with Mike Sam for a touchdown — his second of the game — to pull within three with 1:37 left to play.

After a quick stop by their defence, Saskatoon took over the ball at midfield and mounted another drive that ended with running back Joshua Ewanchyna finding the end zone. This put the Hilltops up 30-16 with 48 seconds remaining. Regina attempted a comeback of their own, but it was cut short when Saskatoon’s Cody Peters picked off Sawyer Buettner.

“It’s called experience and savvy,” said Sargeant referring to his team’s comeback. “We’ve been through these processes many, many times — the coaches have — so it’s nothing new. It’s a belief system. That’s what Hilltop tradition is all about. That’s why we stay together and found a way to finish the game in the end.”

Courtesy Saskatoon StarPhoenix


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