Regina Thunder crush Vancouver Island to win Canadian Bowl
The Regina Thunder made history on Saturday crushing the Vancouver Island Raiders 55-26 for their first ever Canadian junior football championship win.
Thunder quarterback Asher Hastings tied a Canadian Bowl record with five touchdown passes.
"We're the best team in the PFC (Prairie Football Conference) and now we're the best team in the country so finally we're breaking away from the Rams showing what we can do," said Hastings. "It's a really good feeling to be the first Thunder team and be on the roster of the team that finally did it."
The Thunder were created 14 years ago when the Regina Rams moved to the university ranks.
The team hasn't found much success before this year's national win.
"(It) Means so much for the organization for the players that came before us," said running back Nick Brown."Erwin, Randy, Shaw all the people that started the team when people said we couldn't it means so much."
First year coach Scott Macaulay also played for the Thunder in the team's early years.
"The last 14 years we've had a lot of volunteers put in thousands and thousands of hours and for us to be able to come in here and win this thing for them and have everyone be a part of it at home is a special feeling and a great thing," said Macaulay.
The Saskatoon Hilltops won the previous three time national titles. The Thunder beat the Hilltops this year to make it into the championship final.
The Thunder win gives the province four national junior football championships in a row.
With files from Adam Hunter