The Saskatoon Hilltops are facing higher expectations that any other team in their league, as they aim for a fourth-straight national title in Saskatoon Sunday.
The Hilltops are hosting the Regina Thunder in the Prairie Football Conference Championship this afternoon at Griffiths Stadium.
With a win, the Toppers will have a chance to capture a record breaking fourth straight Canadian championship. The team's slogan this season has been "the roar for four" but if you ask head coach Tom Sargeant, past victories don't mean much.
"I've got such a bad memory that those things mean nothing," Sargeant said. "I think when it's all said and done, then it's a time to reflect. Right now, I'm in the mode of I need to coach hard, I need to prepare hard and I need to practice hard. And that's (where) all my energy is."
While they are the favourites to win, it won't be an easy game for the Hilltops. Regina handed Saskatoon their only loss earlier this season. Sargeant said he's confident in the growth of his team since that loss.
"I really like how we've righted our ship and we're in the right place where we need to be right now," he said. "This will be the most confident they are all year and this will be the best team we put on the field all year. So as a coach you've got to feel pretty good about that."
If Regina wins, it would be the Thunder's first PFC championship victory. The winner will host the Canadian Bowl on November 9.