Category Archives: Hilltops

Hilltops Hammer Huskies!

After a bitterly disappointing loss to Regina in week three the Saskatoon Hilltops got back on track with a 68-17 victory in Edmonton over the Huskies.

The Toppers scored early and often scoring 14 points in the first quarter and 28 on their way to the big win. The Toppers offence racked up 471 net yards in the first half alone, in building the big lead.

Saskatoon was lead on the ground by Wayndel Lewis. He carried the ball 16 times for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, through the air Evan Turkington and Evan Kopchynski each hauled in a pair of passes while Chad Braun lead the way statistically as he made 6 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Hilltops Focus On Full Effort

The Saskatoon Hilltops are ready to return to the field looking for redemption in week five of Prairie Football Conference action.

The club is coming off a deflating loss to the Regina Thunder last Saturday at Saskatoon Minor Football Field.

At practice this week the team got back to basics and renewed their commitment to the process.

The focus and commitment were very evident to me as the team clearly wants to make ammends for the heart-breaking 26-25 loss last week.

The club will attempt to even their record as they head play the Huskies in Edmonton tonight.

The Huskies enter the game with a 2-and-1 record while the Hilltops are 1-and-2.

Both teams, however, are coming off tough losses as the Huskies fell 42-26 to Calgary last week.

This is the second meeting of the two clubs this season as the Hilltops edged the Huskies 19-16 in week 2.

Hilltops Are Thunderstruck!

It wasn’t the way that the script was written!

A beautiful day and a big crowd was on hand to see the opening of Saskatoon Minor Football Field but they also witnessed one of the biggest comebacks in Prairie Football Conference history as the Regina Thunder edged the Hilltops 26-25.

After exchanging field goals in the opening quarter the Hilltops were able to score the first major in the field turf’s history when Jared Andreychuk connected with a streaking Evan Kopchinsky for a 70 yard major to give Saskatoon an 11-3 advantage. Before halftime the Toppers would extend their lead to 18-3 when Wayndell Lewis would plunge over the goal line with 52 seconds left in the half.

After the break Saskatoon picked up where they left off marching the ball down the field which mad way for Evan Turkington to haul in an Andreychuk 11 yard pass to extend the Hilltops lead to 25-3.
The Thunder would add a field goal before the third period was complete but the Toppers seemed in control with a 25-6 lead through three periods.

A Bowl New World For Football In Toon-Town: A Pictoral Look

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat this week is dedicated to the amazing organizers, volunteers and visionaries in the Bridge City that are in the midst of a generational project.

To be honest throughout the summer I have taken the occasional sneak peak at Saskatoon Minor Football Field at Gordie Howe Bowl. To put it bluntly my mind does not work abstractly so it was hard for me to vision what the end project would be at the old Bowl.

On the eve of the facilities grand opening I had the opportunity to catch a sneak peak as the Saskatoon Hilltops headed out on the brand new turf for their second last practice of the week.

The turf, installed by the same company that has does almost all turf fields in Canada, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and a number of Division 1 NCAA schools, is the biggest artificial surface installed in Canada. It is big enough to house 6 flag football games at a time

Toppers Talk: Putting One In The Win Column vs. Alumni

The Saskatoon Hilltops opened their season with a 27-20 victory. The Toppers hosted their Alumni in a tune-up game prior to their season opener in Regina next weekend.

Head Coach Tom Sargent was pleased with his teams effort especially the defence The group allowed the alumni to convert on only three second downs in the opening half and had 7 take-aways on the night.

Sarge feels his offence may lean on the defence early in the season.

The Toppers will take the weekend off before beginning preparations for their season opener in Regina a week from Sunday.

Toppers Talk: Training Camp Day 3 Building A Team/Building A Field

The Saskatoon Hilltops battled through another night of hot and sticky conditions at Ron Atchison Field, last night.
The team worked on all phases of the game with a focus on communication and the right way to do things.

The club also prepared for specific situational play that they may have to use tonight as they take on past players in the annual alumni game.

Following the workout I had a chance to speak with the co-ordinators.

Sheldon Ball, the offensive coordinator, was smiling ear to ear with some of the execution that he saw from his group especially in the one-on-one drills.

Our full conversation is below:

Toppers Talk: Training Camp Day 2

Photo Courtesy (STEVE HISCOCK)

Saskatoon Hilltops training camp continued at Ron Atchison Field Tuesday night.

The club continues to look for answers as they piece together their roster in the wake of 17 starters from a year ago leaving the team.

One spot that has been solidified is under centre. Third year Quarterback Jared Andreychuk will get the keys to the offence with the departure of Matt Karpinka.

I had an opportunity to speak with Andreychuk following the work outs and he talked about his excitement heading into the season and how he has prepared to be the Hilltops number 1 this year.

Toppers Talk: Training Camp Day 1

The Saskatoon Hilltops opened up training camp today at Ron Atchison Field. More than 70 players took part in the two opening practices of the season. Head Coach Tom Sargent was impressed with what he saw from his players conditioning as the team was put through fitness testing to open the day.

The team, who lost 17 starters from 2013, battled through the heat and threatening rain clouds and worked on all three phases of the game.

Jared Andreychuk looked good leading the offence, while Wayndel Lewis has bulked up and looks ready to fill the void left by All-Canadian Andre LaLonde in the backfield.

Defensively the veterans were very vocal as the entire unit played fast football and swarmed to the ball.

Camp continues with workouts Tuesday and tomorrow night at 7pm, then on Thursday the opening week wraps up with the annual alumni game, also at Ron Atchison field at 7pm.

CFL Legends: Larry Wruck

The View From the Sidelines Guys had a chance to catch up with former Saskatoon Hilltop and CFL Hall of Famer Larry Wruck.

Wruck starred in the Blue and Gold before going on to a 12 year career with the Edmonton Eskimos winning a pair of Grey Cups.

Hear what Wruck is up to now and take a stroll down memory lane with Saskatoon’s Larry Wruck.

OFC Set To Play Ball

After hearing from some high level executives within  the Prarie Football Conference that the Ontario Football Conference would not be participating in the 2014 campaign the league has issued a statement.

This did not come from the CJFL website nor any of the member teams but rather the website.

As many may have noticed, the OFC has released the 2014 Schedule for the Junior division. Like other seasons, this one promises to be an exciting one with rivalry games and tough challenges ahead. With a rematch of the OFC Championship game between the Hamilton Hurricanes and the Windsor AKO Fratmen happening early on in Week 2. This season should be a nail biter right up until the championship weekend.