PFC Final Preview: Hilltops Colts Set To Battle On Championship Sunday

The Saskatoon Hilltops and Calgary Colts are set to square off for the Prairie Football Conference Championship this afternoon. I’ll have the call on CJWW radio starting with pre-game coverage at 12:30.

Here is the tale of the tape:

The Saskatoon Hilltops and Calgary Colts will square off for the fourth time in the franchise’s history this afternoon for the Prairie Football Conference Championship.

The Hilltops advanced to the final with a 43-13 win over Winnipeg last week. While, Calgary upset the defending champion Regina Thunder with a last-second field goal to silence the Thunder 20-17.

The Hilltops were the top team in the PFC with a 6-and-2 regular season record, while Calgary finished with a 4-and-4 record good for third spot.

As mentioned this is the four time the teams have met in the final. Saskatoon won in 2011, 32-3 and in 2008, 31-14. However, the Colts won their first PFC title over the Hilltops back in 1989, 33-30.

Saskatoon’s last appearance in the final was one year ago in 2013 when they fell 21-16 to Regina. Calgary’s last appearance was in 2011, a 32-3 loss to Saskatoon.

In the team’s lone game this season Saskatoon scored a 47-19 victory in Calgary. The dfference in the game was Calgary coughing up the football five times while, Saskatoon receiver Chad Braun broke the game open retuning a punt for a major.

Statistically:

On Offence, Saskatoon scored the most points in the PFC during the regular season. They were number one in offensive yards with 3617, and first in yards rushing with 1781 on the ground. The passing game was sixth in the conference with 1836 yards through the air.

Calgary’s offence; scored the second most points in the PFC, 223. In total yardage they were 8th with 3016 yards. Their running game was ranked fourth with 1072 yards while the passing game was also fourth with 1944 yards in the air.

Defensively, Saskatoon conceded the second least points this season. Their defence was tops against the run but gave up the most yards through the air surrendering 2520 passing yards.

The Colts, meanwhile, gave up the fourth most points, the second least rushing yards against and the fourth most passing yards.

The teams finished first and second respectively in Giveaway/Takeaway’s The Topers were first overall with a +17, while the Colts wre right behind with a +14.

Kick-off this afternoon I set for 1pm at Saskatoon Minor Football Field. The winner will advance to the Canadian Bowl against either the Langley Rams or the Okanagan Sun on Saturday November 8th in B.C.

 

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