Realty One


Sunday, September 11, 2016


SASKATOON -- The Regina Thunder dropped a tight one Saturday night with the provincial rival Saskatoon Hilltops, dropping a 20-18 decision at SMF Field. With the win, Saskatoon took sole possession of second place in the PFC at 4-1 while the Thunder fell to third at 3-2.

Regina got off to a good start and led 8-0 after the opening 15 minutes. However the Hilltops responded in the second with a touchdown from offensive lineman Drayke Unger to cut the lead to 8-7. James Vause added a field goal and it was 10-8 Saskatoon at the half.

The Thunder took back the lead on a field goal to make it 11-10 but Logan Fisher scored a touchdown late in the quarter for the Hilltops who led 17-11 going into the fourth quarter.

James Vause kicked his second field goal of the game in the 4th to extend the lead to 20-11. The Thunder got back in it with just 2:00 remaining courtesy of a touchdown catch from Kasim Ocaya making it 20-18. Regina got the ball back with 33 seconds left but could not complete the comeback.

Regina outgained Saskatoon in net offense 522 to 418 yards but lost the turnover battle 4-1.  Levi Paul led all Thunder receivers with 157 yards on 13 receptions.  Quarterback Sawyer Buettner had an eye-popping stat line, going 43/52 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Thunder (3-2) return to action Saturday September 17th against the Calgary the Colts (4-0) at 7 PM in Medicine Hat.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews)


Anonymous said...

Let me guess, the refs stole this one from Regina.

Anonymous said...

Wasn’t at the game, but knowing the way refs operate in Saskatoon, they probably did have a hand in the game

Anonymous said...

Just not good enough. Not quite enough talent or coaching. Still a second level operation.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, the whole country is against everything Regina!