Top of the heap, again: Saskatoon Hilltops win 4th consecutive Canadian Bowl
Team beats Windsor AKO Fratmen 56-11 in Saturday's game
For the fourth year in a row, the Saskatoon Hilltops have won the Canadian Junior Football League's Canadian Bowl championship.
The team beat the Windsor AKO Fratmen 56-11 Saturday afternoon.
Naturally the Hilltops were pretty stoked.
The ‘ship is ours! <a href="https://t.co/8x5AQF4Q0l">pic.twitter.com/8x5AQF4Q0l</a>—@SaskHilltops
The achievement drew social media raves from everyone from politicians to another competitive sports team in the province.
Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/SaskHilltops?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SaskHilltops</a> on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fourpeat?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fourpeat</a>! This team is the ultimate dynasty. Making <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yxe?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#yxe</a> proud across the nation. <a href="https://t.co/4aUpyntQoE">https://t.co/4aUpyntQoE</a>—@charlieclarkyxe
Congratulations Hilltops on winning your 20th Canadian Bowl Championship, and a fourpeat! <a href="https://t.co/IYVDgipxxQ">https://t.co/IYVDgipxxQ</a>—@PremierBradWall
Incredible! 4 National Titles in a row, congratulations men! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dynasty?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dynasty</a> <a href="https://t.co/KBDwMgQgAi">https://t.co/KBDwMgQgAi</a>—@BladesHockey
With Saturday's victory the team drew its 20th Canadian Bowl, the highest number acquired by one team in the league's history.
No rest for coach
Hilltops coach Tom Sargeant was at home watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders face off against the Ottawa Redbacks on Sunday when reached for comment.
"You never know when you can find another play," he said at half-time.
As for his team's four-peat, "It makes you feel special about Saskatchewan football, Hilltop football and all the people that help to make that happen."
Sargeant has been coaching the Hilltops for 20 years. He cites several factors for his team's success this season, including the presence of 10 fifth-year players and a combined 100 years of experience among himself and the team's coaches.
"We've got a lot of belief in this organization, from the directors down to my coaching staff to the players, the parents, the support staff," Sargeant said.
That and, as his Sunday viewing habits indicate, a restless soul.
The first planning meeting for the 2018 season, which won't start until this coming August, is slated for Monday.
"It really never stops," he said.