The Regina Thunder and Edmonton Huskies met for the second time in seven days, with the Huskies coming away with the win at Mosaic Stadium Sunday.
The Huskies wasted no time trying to make up for last week’s 28-17 loss to Regina. Huskies running back Brandt Burzak was running all over the Thunder in the first quarter and Edmonton’s defence was stout, forcing a safety and not allowing Regina to get anything going in the opening frame.
Regina would turn to the ground game in the second quarter to get things going, pounding the ball down the field with running back Brayden Long. Quarterback Brock Sich would also get a rhythm going, throwing for two touchdowns in the second quarter.
Defense would rule to begin the second half but the Huskies would solve the puzzle. A touchdown pass by Tommy Yanchuk coupled with a Burzuk touchdown allowed them to take control of the game.
The Huskies would hold onto the 27-17 win to even the season series.
After the game, Thunder head coach Scott MacAulay said it’s tough to beat a team twice in a season.
“At the same time after you watch the game film there’s lots of things that we need to improve on,” MacAulay said. “I’m proud of our guys in the first half, but in the second half we need to find out what’s going on.”
One of the bigger plays of the game could end up being a late missed field goal by the Huskies. The Thunder hold a one-point advantage when it comes to head-to-head point differential between the two teams.
“Unfortunately for us we should’ve came out with the W but we shot ourselves in the foot but we do have that one-point difference and hopefully it comes into effect.”
The Thunder will now enjoy a bye week before heading to Saskatoon to face the Hilltops on avoids a tackle against the Sept. . MacAulay said the team is going to focus on healing up during the week.
“We’ve got a bit time opponent coming up here right away and we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready for those guys too.”
The loss drops the Thunder to 2-2 on the season and now sit in third place in the conference behind the Huskies and Hilltops.