The Saskatoon Hilltops rolled up 659 yards of net offense in a 52-26 win over the Winnipeg Rifles at Saskatoon Minor Football field. The Toppers totaled 326 rushing yards with another 344 through the air, most of the aerial attack was engineered by Jordan Walls. Saskatoon’s starting quarterback completed 16-of-19 passes including three touchdowns before giving way to three other pivots in the final quarter.
It was the Rifles who got off to a quick starting opening an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Jonathen Rempel connected with Alexander Tachinski on a 13 yard touchdown toss, but the Toppers answered less than two minutes later on the ensuing possession. Logan Fischer rambled in for a 12 yard major after a high snap was tipped by Walls right into the hands of Fischer. The broken play turned the game around for the three time defending PFC and Canadian Bowl champions who scored touchdowns on their next four possessions.
After Josh Ewanchyna (pictured) recorded his first of three touchdowns on a two yard run late in the first quarter. Walls found Jason Price for a 70-yard pass and run play into the end zone early in the second quarter. Ewanchyna raced for a 57 yard touchdown on an end-around sprint to pay dirt, followed by Fischer’s second major on a 31-yard draw play to give the Hilltops a 35-7 lead.
The score was 45-7 for the Toppers in the fourth quarter before Winnipeg was able to put any more points on the board on a safety and an interception by Andrew Picard which he turned into a 27-yard-pick-six off back-up quarterback Tyler Herman. The Rifles defensive back would add a second interception late in the fourth quarter.
Josh Ewanchyna completed the touchdown hat-trick with a 12 yard run mid-way through the fourth quarter, with Sam Mike securing a 12-yard scoring strike from Walls, while James Vause rounded out the Hilltops scoring with a 35-yard field goal. Vause also successfully converted all seven Saskatoon touchdowns and has yet to miss a point-after touchdown this season.
Ewanchyna had 74 rushing yards on four carries with three touchdowns while Fischer totaled 175-yards on 20 carries with two majors. The win coupled Regina’s 62-30 loss to the Edmonton Huskies leaves the Hilltops alone in second place in the Prairie Football Conference with five wins and one loss, two points back of the unbeaten Huskies and two points ahead of the 4-2 Thunder. The Toppers now prepare to host the Edmonton Wildcats Sunday Oct. 1 at SMF Field.