Victoria’s Westshore Rebels are all that stand between the Saskatoon Hilltops and a third consecutive Canadian Bowl championship.
The Prairie Conference champion Hilltops will battle B.C.’s best on Saturday afternoon.
Canadian Bowl games can often be a bit of a mystery as one team is often setting foot in a city or a venue for the very first time but it will be familiar for the Hilltops leader. Head coach Tom Sargeant’s family is from the Victoria area something he says will make him feel right at home
“It’s a place where I’ve had a lot of fond memories, a lot of good memories and I would sure like to add to that bank. Taking my football team and my coaching staff my players would certainly help boost that feeling.”
Both the Hilltops and Rebels have had a week off to prepare for Saturday’s national championship game and Sargeant said that his team is itching to hit the field.
“We need a change of scenery. We need to move on and we need to get between the lines. When you’re in that playoff run and you’re just battle tested and you’re ready to take on all comers you just lose that edge a little bit. We got to get that edge back and we have to be smart through that process but as I said I’m starting to get excited for who we are playing. The Westshore Rebels have a lot of athletes, a lot of skill, and we are ready. “
The Canadian Bowl could be a high scoring affair, the Hilltops and Rebels finished 1-2 in the country for points scored. Saskatoon led the PFC with 344 points for while the Rebels led the B.C. conference, and the country, with 371.
Westshore relied on their ground game throughout the season amassing 2,846 rushing yards in their ten regular season games. Sargent says his team needs to stop the run to win a third Canadian Bowl in a row but can’t ignore the Rebels aerial attack.
“We are going to make sure that we understand what is in front of us. We’re going to cover their stop skill-set players and we are going to be smart about it. You can’t overcompensate for one because, just like us, if you do that we have a chance to take advantage of something else. We need to be sound, we need to be sharp, we need to execute the plan.”
Lots of blue and gold is expected in the stands in Victoria, the Hilltops are flying a charter plane to Victoria that will be half full of parents, alumni, and fans. You can listen to the Canadian Bowl live on 92.9 The Bull coverage starts at 2:30.