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A surprising Saturday result and taking care of their own business on Sunday afternoon has earned the Saskatoon Hilltops a first place finish.

The Hilltops marched into Winnipeg and made quick work of the Rifles to the tune of a 44-14 victory to finish the year at 8-1 and put an end to a disappointing 2-7 year in Winnipeg. Logan Fischer rushed for over 100 yards while quarterback Jared Andreychuk threw two touchdown passes combined with 121 yards in just under one-half of work.

The 121 yards made Andreychuk the first Hilltop quarterback in recent memory to throw for over 2,000 yards in one season. Hilltops offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sheldon Ball says there’s another number that stands out to him. “I don’t really think Jared really cares about it (2,000 yards) all that much, which is cool. It’s a testament to what a kid he is, he doesn’t really care about the stats. He’s had a real good year and that’s what it means. He’s been solid. I’m more psyched about the 23 touchdowns to six interceptions, so he’s taking care of the ball and putting the guys in good spots to make plays all year.” Ball said

The Hilltops win over Winnipeg, combined with Calgary being routed 51-35 by the Edmonton Huskies on Saturday, moves Saskatoon past the 7-2 Colts into first place in the PFC standings and gives them home field throughout the PFC playoffs. Ball added that earning home field is a big advantage for his team. “we’re a different team at home. It’s big. We’ve got our work cut our for us next week, Regina is always a classic and we’ve got to get to work on them right away.”

The Hilltops open the postseason on Sunday afternoon at home against the Regina Thunder at Saskatoon Minor Football Field.

Courtesy John Fraser - saskatoonhomepage.ca



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