The best game of the Prairie Football Conference season also produced all three player of the week awards.
Saskatoon Hilltops Defensive Back Colton Holmes captured the defensive award for his eight tackles and two assists last Saturday against Regina. The second year man from Aden Bowman has had an outsanding season with 16 tackles and seven assists. Holmes also tipped the pass that was intercepted by Logan Kelsey-Stern during the second quarter on opening night in Regina. The play helped turn the game around for the Toppers who went on to win 37-20.
Meanwhile Thunder quarterback Sawyer Buettner won offensive player of the week honours after engineering the 23-point second half comeback that gave Regina its 29-26 upset victory in Saskatoon. Buettner finished the game 33-of-40 in passing for 374 yards and two touchdowns. The veteran quarterback has put up stunning numbers in 2017, completing 96-of-124 passes including 10-touchdowns. Buettner has been successful on 77.4% of his pass attempts through four games, averaging 338 yards a contest. Buettner has only been intercepted twice, both against the Hilltops.
Thunder receiver Issac Foorde won the special teams player of the week award. He returned seven kicks for 85 yards and recovered two balls while on the run, fumbled by teammates during kick returns. Foorde also made two catches for 35 yards and with one touchdown.
The Thunder and Hilltops both have 3-1 records after splitting the season series. They are tied with the Winnipeg Rifles for second place in the PFC, two points behind the 4-0 Edmonton Huskies. The Hilltops return to action this Sunday in Calgary, while the Thunder host the Rifles Saturday. The Huskies take on the winless Wildcats on Saturday in an all Edmonton showdown.