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Saturday, September 13, 2014

REGINA THUNDER @ EDMONTON WILDCATS GAME PREVIEW


The 2 and 1 Regina Thunder hit the road this weekend to take on the 2 and 1 Edmonton Wildcats Sunday. The Thunder are coming off a massive comeback in the final minutes in Saskatoon to beat the Hilltops 26-25. Spencer Mack entered the game at QB in the 4th for Jaeden Marwick and led the victory. The team has yet to say who will start at QB in this game. The Thunder enter week 5 ranked number 2 in Canada. The Wildcats lost their last game to the Winnipeg Rifles 27-20 on Sunday. They are ranked 4th in the country. This is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs. Edmonton won at Mosaic Stadium in Week 2, 19-14. The Thunder and Wildcats are two points back of the first place Winnipeg Rifles who have played one more game and sit 3 and 1 on the season.

OFFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder offense has scored 61 points in three games. They have put up 70 first downs, 281 rush yards and 793 through the air. The team has thrown 9 interceptions, lost 3 fumbles and turned it over twice on downs.

QB Jaeden Marwick is 53 of 95 for 605 yards, 2 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

QB Spencer Mack is 13 of 22 for 188 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interception.

The leading receiver is Preston Bews with 15 catches for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Kasim Ocaya has 12 catches for 145, Kristiane Desautels 9 for 116, Matt Frass 9 for 81 and a TD, Brady Keller 5 for 60, Reuben Viveros 5 for 57, Levi Paul 5 for 51, Justin Bannin 4 for 34 and Colton Klassen 2 for 17.

On the ground quarterback Jaeden Marwick leads the way with 17 carries for 103 yards and a TD. Colton Klassen is not far behind with 12 carries for 100 yards and a score. Matt Frass has 25 carries for 43 yards and Justin Bannin 12 for 31 and a TD.

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The Wildcat offense has scored 65 points in three games. They have put up 49 first downs, 319 rush yards and 639 through the air. Edmonton has thrown 5 interceptions, lost 4 fumbles and turned it over once on downs.

QB Jordan Olson is 43 of 92 passing for 639 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

The leading Wildcat receiver is Brad Quartel with 14 catches for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Smith is next with 8 catches for 190 yards and a TD. Landyn Vick 8 for 82 and a score, Rocky Borrelli 9 for 80 and a TD, Tristan Shultenkamper 3 for 37 and Chase Nahrebeski 1 for 9 and a TD.

On the ground Anthony Myroon has 39 carries for 184 yards. QB Jordan Olson is next with 11 for 51, Jordan Samoil 8 for 48, Joshua Bray 12 for 21 and Chase Nahrebeski 6 for 15 and a TD.

DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder defense has given up 60 points in 3 games, 48 first downs, 586 rushing yards and 475 through the air. They have 2 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries and have forced 3 turnovers on downs. Mason Dick has the teams lone sack.

LB Brandon Whitehouse has recorded 8 tackles , a fumble recovery and am interception.

LB Brett Selinger also has 8 tackles and 7 assisted tackles.

DB Royce Hanna has 3 tackles, an interception, fumble recovery and a knockdown.

Ryan Warner has 6 tackles, 6 assisted and a forced fumble.

DL Michael Desjarlais 7 tackles and 5 assisted.

LB Jaren Wirth a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

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The Wildcat defense has given up 57 points in three games, 50 first downs, 319 rushing yards and 556 through the air. They have 9 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries and have forced 1 turnover on downs. The team has 6 sacks.

DB Luc Catellier leads the team with 14 tackles, he has added 2 interceptions and 2 knockdowns.

LB Mike Hansen has 11 tackles and half a sack.

LB Kieran Thomas has recorded 9 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and a knockdown.

DB Jahlani Knorren has 2 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 knockdowns.

DB Ryan Doram, 5 tackles, 2 interceptions and a blocked kick.

DL Marcus Goods has 2 sacks,

SPECIAL TEAMS MATCH-UP

Thunder kicker William Mcgee is the reigning PFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He has punted 24 times for 815 total yards and a long of 51. He is 4 of 5 in the field goal department for an 80 percent efficiency, his longest coming from 39 yards out.

Kristaine Desautels has 13 punt returns for 132 total yards. Dustin Erback with 3 for 29.

Menedum Menegbo has 3 kickoff returns for 106 yards, Desautels with 2 for 99 yards.

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Wildcats kicker Ideen Samadi has 31 punts for 835 yards and a long of 49. He is 5 of 6 kicking field goals for an 83 percent efficiency, his longest coming from 43 yards out.

Jahlani Knorren has 18 punt returns for 154 yards and a TD. He has also added 3 kickoff returns for 40 yards.

Rocky Borrelli has 6 kickoff returns for 155 yards.


Kickoff Sunday from Clarke Stadium in Edmonton is at 1PM.

I caught up with quarterback Spencer Mack and Head Coach Scott MacAulay this week.



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