Edmonton Huskies outlast Regina Thunder in Prairie Football Conference semi-final

The Edmonton Huskies defeated the host Regina Thunder 20-17 in PFC playoff action Sunday at Leibel Field.

Ryland Gibb, left, and Myles Bistritzan, right of the Regina Thunder tackle Trey Irwin of the Edmonton Huskies during Prairie Football Conference semi-final action at Leibel Field. Wanda Harron Photography

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The Regina Thunder’s 2019 season ended in disappointment at a packed Leibel Field on Sunday.

The Edmonton Huskies defeated Regina 20-17 in a down-to-the-wire Prairie Football Conference semi-final.

Both clubs had finished the regular season with 6-2 records. Regina had earned home-field advantage by winning the teams’ lone regular-season meeting.

The Huskies advanced to next weekend’s PFC final against the unbeaten Saskatoon Hilltops, who downed the visiting Edmonton Wildcats 31-7 on Sunday.

At Leibel Field, the Huskies jumped ahead 15-1 on first-quarter touchdown passes from Declan O’Flaherty to Sam Clayton and Ronnie Oling.

The Thunder scored its first TD on a one-yard, third-quarter run by Maxwell Foerster.

Edmonton led 19-10 before Thunder quarterback Blake Scherle ran 18 yards for a major. Eric Maximuik added the convert at 4:51 of the fourth quarter. A key play during that possession was a 53-yard reception by Ethan Douglas, who had 12 catches for 192 yards.

The Huskies settled for a single (which concluded the scoring) with 2:30 left when a 13-yard field-goal attempt was wide.

On the next play, however, Scherle was intercepted by Justin Hodinsky. O’Flaherty then threw back-to-back incompletions.

Regina got the ball back at its 25-yard line with 2:01 left and marched to the Huskies’ 40-yard line before stalling.

The Thunder regained possession once more, with just 16 seconds left, but to no avail.

• The Thunder announced its 20th-anniversary all-time team Sunday.

Quarterbacks:Asher Hastings (played for Thunder from 2010 to 2013), Reid Quest (2007-10).

Running backs: Stu Foord (2003-07), Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette (2015-17).

Receivers: Ryan Anderson (2000-03), Chris Getzlaf (2001-04), Will Heward (2009-13), Kolten Solomon (2009-11), Jay Smith (2007-10).

Offensive linemen:Dan Clark (2006-10), Logan Ferland (2015-present), Matt Halbgewachs (2012-15), Max Ivanov (2002), Jeff Yorga (2003).

Defensive linemen: Ivan Brown (2004-05), Zack Evans (2009-11), Jason Skolney (2000-04), Ryan Warner (2014-16).

Linebackers: Scott Magee (2005-06), Brett Selinger (2010-14), Steve Wilson (2000-03).

Defensive backs: Dustin Erbach (2011-15), Mark Ingram (2008-12), Jon Krahenbil (2002-06), Jimmy Stewart (2000-03), Paul Woldu (2001-04).

Special teams: Anderson, Jeff Bolen (2006-09).

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