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Big Win, Big Shock – Hilltops Tied For First In PFC

A big win at home and a big surprise on the road have the Saskatoon Hilltops sitting atop the Prairie Football Conference Standings.

The Saskatoon Hilltops blasted out to a 34-nothing halftime lead on the visiting Winnipeg Rifles at Saskatoon Minor Football Field yesterday before coasting to a 48-23 victory. The Toppers would put up 341 yards in total offence in building the lead.

Hilltop Head Coach called it the best half of football that his team has played all season.

However, With the Hilltops substituting liberally in the second half the Rifles were able to cut into the lead outscoring the Toppers 23-14 in the final 30 minutes.

Meantime, while the Hilltops were scoring at home the Calgary Colts picked up just their second win of the season with a 20-13 upset victory over the Thunder in Regina. The loss drops the Thunder to 4-and-2, tied with the Hilltops for first in the PFC with 8 points.

Huskies Score Come-From-Behind Win In Regina

The University of Regina Rams led for almost the entire second half, but couldn’t hang on as the No. 7-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies got a late touchdown and a key interception to escape with a 21-16 win.

Huskies quarterback Drew Burko engineered an eight-play, 74-yard drive that was capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to Shane Buchanan that gave the Huskies a five-point lead with just under two minutes left. The Rams got the ball back with 1:05 left and Noah Picton led them downfield with back-to-back strikes to Riley Wilson, but an attempt to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown was tipped and intercepted by Keegan Arnyek to put the game away for Saskatchewan.

Burko finished the game 30-for-46 for 343 yards and two touchdowns, with John Trumpy catching nine balls for 111 yards and Kit Hillis ending up with six receptions for 85 yards. Arnyek, Chris Friesen, and Richard Zacharias all had interceptions for the Saskatchewan defence.

Huskies Set To Lock Horns With Rams


Game Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2pm
Game Location: Mosaic Stadium
Live Stats/ Live Webcast:

For the lone time in 2014, provincial rivals the University of Regina Rams and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will battle on the football field.

– Saskatchewan (No. 7) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 2) and Manitoba (No. 10) join the Huskies in the national rankings.

The East Was Not The Least Tripping Up The Predictor: Week 14 Picks

Wow! That’s all I can say about last week’s results. I am not sure that anyone saw the East winning three of four against the west. Is the East coming on or did three of four western teams under-estimate their opponents?

It will be interesting to see who can bounce back in Week 14 CFL action.

Back to last week for one final time and the Rider win allowed me to salvage one quick prediction on the week. So my 1-and-3 week sees me slip to 29-20 on the season.

Here’s my shot at week 15!

Montreal Alouettes (4-8 T1st East) LW: 31-15 win vs. Calgary
Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-10 4th East) LW: 35-32 OT Loss at Saskatchewan

View From The Sidelines: Episode 15

In Episode 15 of View From the Sidelines Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball will evaluate the Saskatchewan Roughriders personnel moves this week as well as get you set for the entire Week 16 action in the CFL.

Helping them along the way is CFL Legend, Henry Gizmo Williams.

Meanwhile, Roughriders Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day will take you inside football operations in the Canadian Football League.

That plus Tooned-In and Tooned-Out!

Rempel Coming Home

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced national long snapper Chad Rempel has signed with the team. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Rempel (6’2 – 230) will enter his eleventh CFL season after originally being selected in the 3rd round (35th overall) by the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2004 CFL Draft. The University of Saskatchewan product also spent time with Montreal (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Hamilton (2008) and Toronto (2006-07, 2009-13) through his first ten seasons. He was a part of Toronto’s Grey Cup winning team in 2012.

The 32-year-old attended 2014 training camp with the Chicago Bears before joining the Riders as a free agent.

Week 13 CFL Power Rankings:

Week 12 was a week where the East was anything but the Least winning three of four games against western opponents. How will that translate with this weeks rankings? One word, movement!

Check it out in this week’s Toon-Town Communications CFL Power Rankings.

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-10) LW: 35-32 OT Loss at SK – Last Ranking #9 (4 weeks)

The REDBLACKS I’m sure woke up Monday morning asking what the heck happened in Regina, a game that they had well in hand. However, that’s what expansion teams do! Ottawa’s offence is still a bit of a mystery but their effort is not. They just need to find a way to get some results.

Riders Bolster Pass Rush

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired international defensive lineman Brandon Boudreaux, along with a fourth-round selection in the 2015 CFL Draft and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

In 30 games over the last three seasons with the Tiger-Cats, Boudreaux recorded 62 defensive tackles and 12 quarterbacks. The 25-year-old led the Ti-Cats defence in quarterback sacks last season with seven on his way to being named an East Division All-Star.

In exchange, the Riders have sent a third-round selection in the 2015 CFL Draft, a third-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft and a negotiation list player to Hamilton.
To Saskatchewan:
International DL Brandon Boudreaux
2015 4th round selection
2016 4th round selection

Dressler Runs With POTW Honours

Saskatchewan Roughrider receiver/returner Weston Dressler has been named a CFL Player of the Week.

The 29-year-old was named Special Teams Player of the Week following an impressive outing in the Riders 35-32 overtime win versus Ottawa on Sunday. The North Dakota native had five punt returns for a 103 yard total, including a 78 yard return for touchdown.

Dressler also added a game high 125 yards receiving on seven receptions, including a 60 yard touchdown.

Through four regular season games played, the seven year Rider has registered 13 punt returns for 219 yards and two touchdowns, and one kickoff return for 17 yards. He’s also added 16 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown.

This is the third time in his career Dressler has picked up CFL Player of the Week honours and second Special Teams recognition.

Riders Work OT In Win Over REDBLACKS

Weston Dressler spearheaded a remarkable comeback at Mosaic as the Saskatchewan Roughriders outlasted the Ottawa REDBLACKS in a 35-32 overtime win.

Dressler had a pair of touchdowns — one punt return and one receiving — and also hauled in a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime with just over 40 seconds left.

A frantic overtime frame saw just about everything you could in a CFL game, including a kick-out play, blocked field goal and heroic boot by Chris Milo to salt away the vicotory for Saskatchewan.

Looking for some traction and get back into the playoff picture in the East, the REDBLACKS generated a solid opening drive with two first down pass completions to Marcus Henry and a 25-yard run up the gut by new starting running back DJ Harper.  However a sack by John Chick – his 13th of the season – put Ottawa out of field goal range.

They would make no mistake on their next drive though, as QB Henry Burris would get a stop from his defence and good field position.  He then ran an unusual play that saw him fake a swing pass to the right of the formation and crossover to the other side of the field to find offensive lineman Alexander Krausnick who was lined up at tight end.  The 290-pound big-man lumbered 31 yards, running over Tyron Brackenridge in the process for a REDBLACKS first down.