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Thursday, October 13, 2016

REGINA THUNDER @ EDMONTON WILDCATS GAME PREVIEW


The Regina Thunder (4-4) wrap up the 2016 regular season in Edmonton on Sunday against the Wildcats (0-8). The Thunder are coming off a 30-23 win over the Calgary Colts while the Wildcats lost to Saskatoon 43-9. Sunday is the first and only meeting between the two clubs this season. Depending on other results. the Thunder will play either Saskatoon or Calgary to start the playoffs. Kickoff Sunday at Clarke Field in Edmonton is at 1 p.m.

THUNDER OFFENCE - Regina has scored 219 points on the season, fourth best in the PFC. QB Sawyer Buettner leads the league in passing yards with 2231 and has thrown 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Kristiane Desautels and Kris Calcutt are fourth and fifth in receiving yards with 507 and 470 respectively. Desautels has scored three touchdowns, Calcutt four. RB Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette leads the PFC with 865 rushing yards and is third with seven touchdowns.

WILDCATS OFFENCE - Edmonton has scored a league low, 123 points through eight games on the season. QB Colton Hippe is fifth in passing yards with 1079 and has thrown four touchdowns and nine interceptions. WR Luther Hakunavanhu is sixth in receiving yards with 444 and has caught four touchdowns.  RB Bray Josue leads the team with 231 yards along the ground and has scored once.

THUNDER DEFENCE - Regina has given up the third least points on the season at 165. Paul Toth leads the team with 30 tackles and also has a intertecption return for a touchdown. Marcus Hall is next in tackled with 29 and also has an interception. Polis Koko is tied for the league lead with three interceptions to go along with a forced fumble. Matthew Williams is second in the PFC with 4.5 sacks.

WILDCATS DEFENCE - Edmonton has given up a league high 368 points this year. Jeremy Fagnan leads the PFC with 49 tackles in seven games played. Tony Savchuk is second on the team with 30 take downs and has two interceptions. That is tied sixth in the PFC. Taylor Tangen, Jamie Spears-Turcotte and Matthew Zarowny are tied for the team lead in sacks with one a piece.

THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels leads the PFC in punt return yards with 321. He has added 152 yards on kickoffs in six games. Tyson Haubrich leads the Thunder with 178 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 64. Quinten Ruckaber has punted 32 times for a 38.5 yard average, 5th best in the league. James Reid has made six of eight field goals attempted.

WILDCATS SPECIAL TEAMS - Isaac Fagnan is first in the PFC with 609 yards in kickoff returns and has one touchdown. He also leads the team with 71 yards on punt returns. Isaiah Brown has recorded 287 yards on kickoffs and has 56 on punt returns. Matthew Zarowny has punted 68 times for a 34.9 yard average, eighth best in the league. James Barnsley has made five of 12 field goals attempted.

Kickoff Sunday in Edmonton is at 1 p.m.



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