Wildcats Claw out a Win in Regina
The Edmonton Wildcats rolled into Regina and scratched out a decisive win over the Regina Thunder 38 -18, to improve their record to 5 -2 and a tie for second place with the Calgary Colts, who also won this weekend in Winnipeg.
The first quarter saw the Wildcats jump out to a 7 – 0 lead on a blocked punt by Dylan Graf who rambled in from 36 yds out for the major. The Thunder answered back with a 41 yd field to make it 7 – 3 and then the Wildcats were forced to give up a safety to make the score 7 -5 at the end of 1.
In the second quarter Ben Hnidan kicked a 43 yd field goal, his first of 3 on the day to make it 10 -5. The Thunder responded with QB Reid Quest scampering in from11 yds out to make it 12 -10 and their first lead of the game. The Wildcats finished the scoring and retook the lead with a Ben Hnidan field goal to make it 13 -12 at half time.
Edmonton would break the game open in the third quarter with 15 unanswered points as Jerit Lambert scored on a 20 yd TD toss from Andy Pilon to increase the lead to 20 -12. Justin McEvoy caught a 2 yd pass from Andy Pilon to make it 27-12 and a Ben Hnidan single which made it 28 -12 after 3 quarters.
In the fourth quarter Jerit Lambert would add his 2nd TD of the afternoon on a 5 yd run, 17 seconds in. Then Ben Hnidan booted a 17 yd field goal to up the lead to 38 -12. The final scoring was done by the Thunders back up pivot Wyatt Catley who would connect with Jay Smith on a 75 yd TD pass to wrap up the scoring and make the final score 38 -18 Wildcats.
On defense Mike Podloski had an excellent game, leading all defenders with 6 tackles, 4 assists and 1 PKD for 18 defensive points. The defense dominated in the second half and held the Thunder to just 7 points in the last thirty minutes of the game.
The Wildcats put up 339 yds of net offense with Andy Pilon completing 18 of 35 for 193 yds and 2 TD’s, while the ground game picked up 124 yds. The Thunder had 365 yds of net offense with Reid Quest completing 9 of 18 for 118 yds and Wyatt Catley completing 8 of 19 for140 yds and 1 TD. The Wildcats defense held the ground game to just 57 yds in the game with Brennan Kaskrick picking up 42 yds on 17 carries.
Next game sees the Wildcats back in Edmonton to face the cross town rival Edmonton Huskies Saturday October 3rd 7:00pm at Clarke Park
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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