The Saskatoon Hilltops have solidified their Canadian Junior Football dynasty with a fourth consecutive Canadian Bowl title.
The Toppers defence forced 10 turnovers, and Canadian Bowl Offensive MVP Jordan Walls led Saskatoon's offence with three touchdown throws and a 32-yard rushing touchdown. Walls was 11 for 18 for 192 yards with the three touchdowns in the air in the victory. Two of those passing scores were thrown to Ryan Turple, while the third was tossed to receiver Tom Schnitzer. The defensive lineman also recovered the high snap that went over the head of Windsor quarterback Brandon Reaume that gave the Toppers the ball on the A-K-O Fratmen one-yard line, setting the stage for Fischer's major. Schnitzler also recorded a quarterback sack.
Meantime, Logan Fischer's one-yard scramble to give the Hilltops their first lead a minute into the game was his only rushing touchdown of the game. The veteran Toppers back finished his last junior football game with 46 rushing yards, while Josh Ewachyna had the other two rushing scores for the Toppers. Fischer was unstoppable through the air. The fifth-year man rambled for 86-yards catching three swing passes from quarterback Jordan Walls including one for 46-yards.
Luke Melnyk led the Toppers defence with two interceptions and was named the defensive player of the game. Cam Schnitzler had the other pick in his final game in a Hilltops uniform. James Vause had to come out of the game in the first quarter after suffering a knee injury, while receiver John Brown suffered a serious leg injury in the second half after catching a pass and battling or extra yards.
Head coach Tom Sergeant got the traditional Gatorade shower from two of his veterans in the final minute as the Hilltops made C-J-F-L history seconds later.
With the win, the Hilltops earned their 20th national title and are the first team ever to win four straight Canadian Bowls. The Prairie Football Conference champion will host the 2018 Canadian Bowl.