Edmonton Wildcats Declawed by Saskatoon
The Edmonton Wildcats were handed their first loss of the season from the visiting Saskatoon Hilltops by a score of 35 -14 in front of approximately 900 enthusiastic fans. The Hilltops were a very focused and determined team coming into this game scoring on their first 2 drives to jump out to a 14 -0 lead in the first quarter.
The Wildcats couldn’t get in gear on offense in the first quarter but managed to put a good drive together in the second quarter driving 68 yds on 6 plays and capping it off with a 4yd TD catch to Kevin Wuthrich for the major.
The Hilltops answered right back though, driving 98 yds on 7 plays ending it with a 1 yd run into the end zone by Steve Grenier to put the Hilltops up 21 -7. The Wildcats put another decent drive together going 42 yds on 4 plays and ending the half with a field goal to make the score 21-12 heading into the locker room.
The third quarter saw more offense from the Hilltops as they put together another drive of 47yds, capping it off with a 4 yd TD run by Regan Schuler to make it 28 -12 as the Wildcats struggled on defense to contain the running and passing game.
The Wildcats couldn’t seem to get on track in the second half as QB Andy Pilon was picked off twice in the final quarter. Saskatoon scored one more time in the final minutes of the game to close out the contest and send the Hilltops home with a convincing win and a final score of 35-14.
The Hilltops put together 355 yds of net offence with Penner completing 13 of 22 for 218 yds, while rushing for 193 yds on 38 carries. The Wildcats on the other hand were only able to muster up 259 yds of net offense with Pilon completing 15 of 28 for 164 yds with 111 rushing yds on 26 carries.
Next game sees the Wildcats on the road to face their provincial rivals the Calgary Colts Saturday August 29th 7:00pm at McMahon Stadium.
All Edmonton Wildcat practices are at Rundle Park and the players take to the field at around 7:30 pm nightly.
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