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Sunday, August 14, 2016

PFC PREVIEW: EDM HUSKIES AT REGINA THUNDER ON SUNDAY

PFC WEEK 1
Edmonton Huskies (0-0) at Regina Thunder (0-0)
Sunday, August 14/2016
Kickoff: 1:00 pm MT
Forecast: Sunny, 26 degrees Celsius
Broadcast: Access 7, reginathunder.ca

The Regina Thunder open the 2016 regular season at home to the Edmonton Huskies on Sunday at 1:00 PM at Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder are the 4th-ranked team in the country heading into the season.  In 2015 the Thunder finished second in the PFC with a 6-2 record while the Huskies were tied for last at 1-7.

The Thunder went 2-0 against the Huskies in 2015 with a 76-9 win at Clarke Park in Edmonton and 29-6 in Regina to finish the regular season.

THUNDER OFFENSE - In 2015 the Thunder scored the most points in the PFC with 340. QB Jaeden Marwick threw for 1670 yards and 19 touchdowns but this is Sawyer Beuttner's team now. He had 485 yard in passing in limited action in 2015 and passed for 7 TD's.  Kasim Ocaya led the way with 443 receiving yards and five scores while running back Colton Klassen led the entire league with 911 rushing yards.

HUSKIES OFFENSE - Edmonton scored 183 points in 2015, second-worst in the PFC. Brad Launhardt threw for 1,118 yards and 7 touchdowns. Brennan McNeil led in receiving yards with 371 and one touchdown while Jimmie Airey ran for 745 yards and four majors.

THUNDER DEFENCE - The Regina defence gave up 164 points in 2015, the second-least in the PFC.  Marcus Hall led the team with 20 tackles, Dustin Erbach led the team with three interceptions and Matthew Williams had two sacks.

HUSKIES DEFENCE - Edmonton gave up a league worst-365 points in 2015. Branden Modin led the team with 33 tackles which was 2nd-best in the PFC. Micheal Getzinger and Brandon Mellen both had two interceptions and Hayward Beasley led the club with three sacks.

THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels had 224 total yards in kick returns last year, Victor St. Pierre - Laviolette had 212. Kris Calcutt was 10-of-14 kicking field goals and punted 29 times for a 35.9 yard average.

HUSKIES SPECIAL TEAMS - Landon Rosene had 570 total yards in kick returns, that was second-best in the PFC. Cole Sabourin hit 12 of 14 field goals attempted and punted 46 times for a 32.1 yard average.

Kickoff is at 1 o'clock at Mosaic Stadium.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews)

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