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Saturday, October 11, 2014

REGINA THUNDER VS WINNIPEG RIFLES GAME PREVIEW


The 4, 2 and 1 Regina Thunder wrap up the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium against the 3 and 4 Winnipeg Rifles. The Thunder are coming off a 27-27 tie in Edmonton against the Huskies last weekend and enter the final week of the year a point back of the Saskatoon Hilltops for first in the PFC. The Thunder have however locked up a home playoff game in the semi-finals. The Rifles are fighting for their playoff lives. The Wildcats, Colts and Rifles are all sitting at 3 and 4, battling for the final two playoff spots. The Colts are in Edmonton to play the Huskies Saturday while the Wildcats are in Saskatoon. A wildcat win and a Thunder win would give Regina first place for the first time int heir history after the regular season.

OFFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder offense has scored 178 points through 7 games for a 25.4 per game average. They have put up 155 first downs, 845 rushing yards and 1857 through the air. The team has thrown 14 interceptions, lost 8 fumbles and turned it over on downs 4 times.

QB Spencer Mack is 32 of 64 passing for 409 yards with 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Jaedon Marwick who has thrown for 1448 yards this year is still dealing with an injury.

Receiver Preston Bews is third in PFC in yards with 545 on 39 catches and has scored 5 touchdowns.

Kasim Ocaya is 7th in receiving with 395 yards on 30 catches and has one score. Kristiane Desautels has 20 grabs for 253 yards, Levi Paul 12 for 134 and a touchdown, Matt Frass 14 for 157 and 2 touchdowns and Thomas Bresciani with 8 for 122 and a TD.

The leading Thunder rusher is Colton Klassen with 44 carries for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Frass has 59 carries for 219 yards. Nick brown made his season debut last week and went for 98 yards on 20 carries.

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The Winnipeg Rifles have scored 174 points through 7 games for a 24.8 per game average. The team has put up 115 first downs, 949 rushing yards and 1784 through the air. The Rifles have thrown 13 interceptions, lost 9 fumbles and turned it over on downs 4 times.

Quarterback Tyler Viera leads the league with 1529 passing yards on 110 completions. He has thrown 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Kurt Goodrich leads the PFC in receiving yards with 714 on 48 catches and has scored a league high 6 touchdowns.

Niclas Bembenek is the 4th leading receiver with 492 yards on 23 grabs and has 5 TD's.

Victor St. Pierre-Lavoilette leads the Rifles with 244 rushing yards on 47 carries.

DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder defense has given up the second least points in the PFC with 141 in 7 games for a 20.1 per game average. The team has given up 136 first downs, 1046 rushing yards and 1553 through the air. They have 5 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries and 5 turnovers on downs.

LB Brandon Whitehouse was named the PFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Edmonton on Sunday where recorded 9 tackles and two sacks. On the season he has 31 tackles, 6 assisted, 4 sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception. He is 5th in defensive scoring with 98 points.

DB Dustin Erbach has 20 tackles, 3 assisted, 5 knockdowns and a forced fumble and recovery. Chris Tunnicliffe has recorded 14 tackles, 5 assisted, a fumble return TD and 2 interceptions.

DB Marcus Hall has 21 tackles, 2 assisted and an interception. LB Brett Selinger with 17 tackles, 10 assisted and a knockdown. DL Michael Desjarlais has 17 tackles, 5 assisted and a fumble return TD.

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The Rifles have given up the second most points with 223 in 7 games for a 31.8 per game average. The team has given up 134 first downs, 1088 rushing yards and 1612 through the air. The defense has 8 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries and has forced 2 turnovers on downs.

Brooks Falloon has recorded 28 tackles, 4 assisted 2 knockdowns, a forced fumble and an interception for the Winnipeg D. Braedy Will has 29 tackles, 2 assisted, 2 knockdowns, and a fumble recovery.

Brady Carter has 26 tackles, 3 assisted, 2.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns and a fumble recovery. Jason Kelly has recorded 16 tackles, 1 assisted, 5 knockdowns, and leads the league with 5 interceptions.

SPECIAL TEAMS MATCH-UP

Thunder kicker William McGee has punted 45 times for 1571 yards and a 34.91 yard average. His long of the year is 62 yards. McGee is 14 of 21 kicking field goals with a long of 47.

Kristiane Desautels leads the PFC in punt return yards with 267 on 28 returns. He has a 9.54 yard average per return. He is 4th in kickoff return yards with 278 on 8 tries and has taken one 90 yards for a touchdown. He has the best kickoff return average at 34.75.

Menedum Menegbo us 5th in kickoff return yards with 246 in 9 returns. he has the second best return average in the PFC at 27.33.

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Rifles kicker Brad Mikoluff has punted 58 times for a league leading 2293 yards and has an average of 39.53 yards per kick. His long on the season is 57. Mikoluff is 7 of 13 kicking field goals with a long of 42.

Jason Kelly is 5th in league punt return yards at 154 on 16 run backs for a 9.63 average. He is also 3rd in kickoff return yards with 307 on 13 tries and owns a 22.50 yard average.

Jordan Gauthier is 5th in punt returns with 114 yards on 10 returns and is 7th in kickoffs with 186 yards on 10 returns for an 18.60 yard average.


Kickoff is at 1 o'clock from Mosaic Stadium live on Access 7. Luc Mullinder and I will have the call. 

I caught up with Head Coach Scott MacAulay, linebacker Brandon Whitehouse and quarterback Spencer Mack at Thursday's practice.


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