2002 Saskatoon Hilltops
The 2002 Saskatoon Hilltops won six games and lost two during the regular schedule of the Prairie Junior Football Conference during the 2002 season. They eliminated Regina Thunder, 22-19, in the league semifinal and then beat Edmonton Huskies, 19-18, the second straight year they’d beaten the Huskies by a single point in the final. The Hilltops trailed by six points with six minutes to go but rallied on a touchdown pass from Bret Thompson to Travis Weiss, with Braden Suchan adding the convert. The Hilltops beat Okanagan Sun, 55-9, in the Intergold playoff, rolling up 534 yards and getting touchdowns from six different players. The Hilltops beat St. Leonard Cougars, 20-18, in the Canadian final. The Hilltops were down, 14-8, at the half but rallied to take the lead and Mickey Jutras sealed the deal with a last-minute interception. Gabe Mackasey was chosen as Canada’s outstanding defensive player for the season.