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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rockstar by Royal LePage Playoff Preview: REGINA THUNDER VS. CALGARY COLTS


The Regina Thunder (6-2) host the PFC Semi-Final against the Calgary Colts (5-3) Sunday at Mosaic Stadium at 1 o'clock. The Thunder finished the season on a 3 game winning streak including a win in Calgary 30-20. The Colts finished the year with a win over Saskatoon 34-4 and won three of their last 4 to end the season. The game will be broadcast live on Access 7.

OFFENSIVE MATCHUP

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The Thunder scored a league leading 340 points over their 8 game schedule. They led the league in passing yards with 2173, in rushing yards with 2018 and in touchdowns with 41. The turned the ball over a league low 17 times, 9 on interceptions, 5 on lost fumbles and 3 times on downs.

Quarterback Jaeden Marwick finished second in yards passing with 1670. He threw the most touchdowns with 19 and was intercepted 9 times. He also added 196 rushing yards and two scores.

Colton Klassen led the PFC in rushing yards with 911 and scored 5 times. Teammate Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette led the PFC in touchdown carries with 11 and was 4th in rushing yards with 777.

Receiver Kasim Ocaya finished 3rd in receiving yards with 443 and 5 touchdowns. 4th in the league was Thomas Bresciani with 379 yards and 4 scores. Preston Bews was 5th in the league with 376 yards and 4 touchdowns as well.

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The Colts offense scored the third most points during the regular season with 248. They were number 2 in passing yards at 1973 and 2nd in rushing with 1654. They turned the ball over 23 times, third least in the PFC. 7 on interceptions, 13 on lost fumbles and 3 times on downs.

Quarterback John Kiesman led the PFC with 1801 yards passing this season and threw 12 touchdowns to go with 7 interceptions. He also had 434 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns.

Dylan Minshull was 6th in rushing with 528 yards and 6 touchdowns.Xavier Ramsay finished with 504 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Kyle Brick was the second leading receiver in the regular season with 489 yards and caught a league leading 7 touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE MATCHUP

The Thunder defense gave up the second least points during the regular season at 164. The team finished tied for 1st in takeaways with 31, 12 on interceptions, 9 on fumble recoveries and 10 times on downs. They finished the year with 5 sacks.

Defensive back Marcus Hall led the club in tackles with 20 in 7 games played. He also recorded an interception.

Linebacker Paul Toth had 18 tackles and an interception while Jarret Seck had 17 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a recovery.

DB Dustin Erbach led the club with 3 interceptions, that was tied for 4th most in the PFC. Erbach also had 16 solo tackles, 13 assisted and a forced fumble.

DL Matthew Williams led the way with two sacks on the year. Terry Giovannetti, Matthew Criddle and Cole Ward had the others.

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The Colts defense was also second in points allowed with 164 in 8 games played. They forced the 4th most turnovers with 26. 11 on interceptions, 13 on fumbles and 2 on downs. The Colts had 13 sacks as well.

Jakub Jakoubek led the team in tackles with 31, ha also had 23 assisted tackles and a forced fumble on the season.

DB Owen Redlick finished tied for 2nd in interceptions with 5. He also had 19 tackles, a forced fumble and 2 recoveries.

Connor Robinson was tied for 4th in interceptions with 3 and had 10 tackles.

Akida Lewis led the club with 4 sacks, Jmin Pelley had 3 and Colton Burr recorded 2.

SPECIAL TEAMS MATCHUP

Regina's Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette led the club with 103 yards on 3 punt returns. He also had 108 yards on 5 kickoff returns.

Kristiane Desautels led the team in kickoff return yardage with 122 on 7 tries. He also put up 102 yards on 15 punt returns.

Kris Calcutt punted 29 times for a 35.9 yard average, that was 5th in the PFC. Calcutt was 10 of 14 kicking field goals as well.

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The Colts Jesse Kuntz was second in the league in punt return yards with 255 on 29 tries and scored a touchdown. He also returned 12 kickoffs for 236 yards.

Kyle Byrne punted 53 times for a 32.8 yard average. That was 7th in the PFC.

Byrne also hit 6 of 11 field goals on the season. Marshall Broom went 5 for 8 in the two games he played.


Kickoff Sunday afternoon is at 1 o'clock at Mosaic Stadum. 



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