Saturday, October 8, 2016
REGINA THUNDER VS CALGARY COLTS GAME PREVIEW
The Regina Thunder (3-4) look to snap a three game losing streak when they host the undefeated Calgary Colts (7-0) Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder are coming off a 30-26 loss at home to the Saskatoon Hilltops on Saturday while the Colts beat up on the Winnipeg Rifles 69-14 on Sunday. The Colts beat Regina in the first two meetings of the year between the clubs back on August 21st 36-17 and then again on September 17th 15-12. Kickoff Sunday is at 1 p.m.
THUNDER OFFENCE - Regina has scored the fourth most points to this point in the year with 189. QB Sawyer Buettner leads the league with 1784 yards passing and has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. RB Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette is second in PFC rushing yards with 585 and it tied for the lead in touchdowns with six. WR Kristiane Desautels is the leagues second leading receiver with 432 yards and has caught three touchdowns. Kris Calcutt made his return to the lineup last week and he is currently sixth in yards with 350 and also has three touchdown catches. The Thunder have turned the ball over 18 times, second least in the league. 10 on interceptions, 5 on fumbles and 3 times on downs.
COLTS OFFENCE - The Colts have scored a league leading 272 points through seven games. QB Bailey Wasdal is fourth in passing yards with 1151 with seven touchdown passes and three interceptions. RB Xavier Ramsay has 521 yards rushing, good for third in the league and is tied for top spot with six touchdowns. WR Dylan Schrot leads the PFC with 436 yard receiving and has two touchdown catches while Richard Sindano is fifth with 351 yards and has scored twice. The Colts have turned the ball over 11 times on the year, six on interceptions, four times on fumbles and once on downs.
THUNDER DEFENCE - Regina has given up the third least points so far this year at 142. Marcus Hall leads the team with 23 tackles, that is tied for fifth in the PFC. Paul Toth is next with 19 tackles and 15 assisted take downs. Polis Koko is tied for the league lead in interceptions with three and also has a forced fumble. Matthew Williams is tied for second in sacks with 3.5 and also has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The Thunder have forced a league low 12 turnovers on the year, four on interceptions, one on a fumble and seven times on downs.
COLTS DEFENCE - Calgary has given up a league low 81 points through the first seven games of their season. Colton Burr is fourth in tackles with 29 and has a fumble recovery. Burr is also tied for the league lead in interceptions with three. Teammate Jordan Rae also has three interceptions. Christopher Peet-Schwarz is tied for second in sacks with 3.5 and has a fumble recovery. The Colts have forced a league high 34 turnovers, 15 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and nine times on downs.
THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels leads the PFC with 264 yards on punt returns. He also has 67 yards on kickoffs. Tyler Haubrich leads the Thunder in kickoff return yards with 178. Quinten Ruckaber has punted 15 times for a 37.6 yard average, fourth best in the PFC while James Red has hit three of four field goals attempted.
COLTS SPECIAL TEAMS - Richard Sindani is third in punt return yards with 146 so far on the year. Sindani also leads the Colts with 99 kickoff yards and has scored two touchdowns. Jesse Kuntz has 98 kickoff return yards and has scored a touchdown as well. Stephen Fabian leads the league in average punting distance at 41.3 yards on 46 punts. Fabian has made 10 of 15 field goals he has attempted.
Kickoff Sunday is at 1 p.m. at Mosaic Stadium.