Battling the elements, adversity, and their own mistakes the Saskatoon Hilltops prevailed in Saturday’s Canadian Bowl championship.
Saskatoon would win a third championship in a row by beating the BC champion Westshore Rebels 37-25, it was the third year in a row the Hilltops would finish the year as Canadian Champions. It was the 19th Canadian Championship for the team. Hilltops head coach Tom Sargent said that this was a sweeter win because of the adversity his team faced on and off the field.
The Hilltops started strong but the rest of the first half was not one for the highlight reel. Saskatoon would go up 7-0 early but would then proceed to turn the ball over four times in the first 30 minutes. Even with the errors throughout the first half the Hilltops would go into the break with a slim 16-12 lead.
The second half started with the Westshore Rebels continuing to steal the momentum from the Hilltops, they would receive the kickoff and drive the ball 85 yards to take their first lead of the game going up 19-16. Everything changed for the Saskatoon Hilltops when rookie Josh Ewancyhna returned the ensuing kickoff 105 yards and the Hilltops looked like themselves once again.
After a two and out by the defence the offence would drive the ball 73 yards capped off by a six yard touchdown catch by Logan Fischer to go ahead 37-19. Fischer would go on to be named the game’s offensive MVP. Defensive MVP honours went to Cody Peters who led the team with 9 tackles and 22 defensive
The Rebels would add a late touchdown to cut the lead to 37-25 but it wasn’t enough.