On a beautiful late fall afternoon on Saskatoon Minor Football Field, the Colts simply were no match for the defending National Champion and Regular Season leaders, Saskatoon Hilltops, in the Prairie Football Conference final on Sunday, October 25. The Hilltops jumped to a 17 – 1 lead on their way to a 38-16 triumph in front of their home fans.
Conventional wisdom suggests that “Often, there are five or six plays that determine the outcome of a game.” If so, then Hilltop quarterback #5 Jared Andreychuk was the architect of many of those plays. In the second quarter, he escaped three Colt defenders long enough to find one of his receivers 30 yards downfield, in a crucial second and long situation. In the second half, he executed a naked bootleg to perfection. After each of those plays, he asked his tailback, #21 Logan Fischer to thrust daggers into the heart of the Colts with his slashing running style. Fischer promptly complied by scoring two of his touchdowns. (Fischer outrushed the Colts 170 to 122. Many of his most effective rushes happened in the second half.)
Speaking of heart, Colts defensive leader and the PFC’s top linebacker, #22 Jakub Jakoubek, suffered a serious knee injury in the second quarter; the defense was never quite the same afterwards.
Quarterback #13 John Kiesman responded with an inspired game of his own. He completed 27 passes (a new PFC record) of 47 attempts (a CFJL Conference Championship record) for 375 yards. He led the Colts to a late second quarter touchdown to go into the half trailing 17 – 8, and a fourth quarter last minute TD, but it would be a case of “too little too late.”
Head Coach Blokker raised his regular season record to 9 and 7 after two years at the helm of the Colts program. After beating the Regina Thunder two years in a row in the league semi-final, his season ends in Saskatoon again. He might well be thinking that there is one “hill” left to conquer.
The Colts season will officially end with their banquet on Saturday, November 14. Details and ticket information elsewhere on this website.