Two former southwest high school football standouts shone brightly at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon on Saturday as the University of Saskatchewan Huskies claimed their 21st Hardy Cup championship with a 23-8 win over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
Second-year receiver and Swift Current Comprehensive High School grad Rhett Vavra had three catches for 44 yards, and former Shaunavon Shadow Nixen Voll, in his fourth year with the Huskies, ran an interception for 27 yards in the fourth quarter and added two tackles.
This is the second-straight Canada West football title for the Huskies, who made it to the Vanier Cup last season losing 27-21 to the Western Mustangs in that national championship game.
The Huskies will travel east to face the unbeaten St. Francis-Xavier X-Men in the Uteck Bowl next Saturday in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The winner will face the champion of the Mitchell Bowl (Laval Rouge et Or vs. Western Mustangs) in the Vanier Cup final at London, Ontario, on November 26.
Thunder fall short in Canadian Bowl
The Regina Thunder hosted the CJFL's Canadian Bowl at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, falling 21-19 to the Okanagan Sun in a battle of unbeaten teams for the national junior football championship.
Quarterback Carter Moberg, linebacker Zach Cloutier and offensive lineman Noah Steinley are the former SCCHS Colts on this season's roster for the Thunder, who went 8-0 on the regular season and defeated the Saskatoon Hilltops 39-21 in the Prairie Football Conference final on October 30.