Saskatchewan Wins Silver At Canada Cup

An incredible week featuring the top under-18 players in the nation came to a close on Saturday at Griffiths Stadium with Ontario topping team Saskatchewan Green 27-19 to capture the gold medal in Saskatoon.

The event was a huge success! Co-chair Cathy Sarich credits the organizing committee and volunteers for their work. “You can’t stage an event this large without great people working together” says Sarich, “we only had a few months from the time we found out we were hosting until the opening kick-off. It was a lot of work in short order.” More than 200 volunteers helped stage the event.

This is the third time since 2009 that Saskatchewan has participated in the gold medal game and Football Saskatchewan President Kim Wudrick says that reflects the development of the game in this province. “Our membership has doubled” says Wudrick, “plus we have great coaches at all levels and it shows in the quality of players we see at the Cup. We also get great support from the parents and that makes it all work.” Saskatchewan won gold in 2009 and 2010.

The final word goes to Alberta head coach Bryan Brandford who says the event is everything he expected from Saskatoon. “Saskatoon puts on the best show, always. Thanks.”

Here is the complete re-cap of the final day of competition:

Gold Medal Game: Saskatchewan Green vs. Ontario:

Another thriller to decide the gold at the Football Canada Cup. Saskatchewan Green and Ontario battled on a great night at Griffith Stadium with Ontario prevailing 27-19. This game was decided in the fourth quarter as Ontario held a slim 20-19 margin going into the fourth and salted it away with a one yard plunge from Marquis Richards and 4:38 left on the clock.

Saskatchewan tried for a late game rally and long march but Ontario held them at mid-field and proceeded to grind down the clock for the provinces first gold medal since 2004.

Players of the game for Saskatchewan:
Offense: #18 Kyle Belyk – receiver (LeBoldus Regina)
Defense: #14 Ben Whiting – defensive back (Marion Graham Saskatoon)

Players of the game for Ontario:
Offense: #34 Jevante Stanley – running back (Brampton)
Defense: #13 Ben Cross – defensive back (Aberfoyle)

The tournament MVP’s are:
Offense: Saskatchewan Green #4 – Sawyer Buettner – quarterback (Moose Jaw Peacock)
Defense: Ontario #47 Deshawn Stevens – linebacker (Toronto)
Special Teams: Nova Scotia #6 Greg Hutchins – kicker (Bedford)

BRONZE MEDAL GAME – Alberta versus Quebec

With just over a minute left in regulation John Molson booted a 13 yard field goal to lift Quebec to a 22-19 win over Alberta in a thriller for the Bronze Medal at the Football Canada Cup. Des Catallier had tied the game on an 18 yarder for Alberta with only three minutes to play. Catallier’s leg accounted for 13 of Team Alberta’s points. Quebec led 17-10 at the half on the strength of touchdowns from Samuel Makwanda and Mathieu Blanchette.

Players of the game for Alberta:
Offense: #34 – Myles Brown – running back (Notre Dame Calgary)
Defense: #44 – Brendan Doubell – line backer (Henry Wise Wood Calgary)

Players of the game for Quebec:
Offense: #4 Samuel Makwanda – running back (Laval)
Defense: #1 Jeremie Dominique – defensive back (Rosemere)

5th Place Game: Saskatchewan White versus Manitoba

In a game filled with fumbles, Manitoba came out on top of Saskatchewan White 17-10. Jake Robertson (#85), Brandon Sitch (#6), Trevor Wright (#1) had the touchdowns for Manitoba. For Sask White, it was Sean Renouf (#17) who scored the only touchdown off a pass from Tyler Hermann (#18).

Players of the game for Sask White:
Offense: #17 Sean Renouf – Receiver (Melfort – Melfort)
Defense: #42 Daxton Moffatt – Linebacker (Moose Jaw – A.E. Peacock)

Players of the game for Manitoba:
Offense: #1 Trevor Wright – Running Back (Winnipeg – St. Paul’s Crusaders) Defense: #49 Luke Sperry – Linebacker (Winnipeg – St. Paul’s Crusaders)

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