Top of the heap, again: Saskatoon Hilltops win 4th consecutive Canadian Bowl

The team has now won the title 20 times, the most any team has ever done so in the history of the Canadian Junior Football League.

Team beats Windsor AKO Fratmen 56-11 in Saturday's game

The Saskatoon Hilltops won their 20th Canadian Bowl title Saturday. (Don Somers/CBC )

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 achievement drew social media raves from everyone from politicians to another competitive sports team in the province.

With Saturday's victory the team drew its 20th Canadian Bowl, the highest number acquired by one team in the league's history.

The team celebrates its victory. (Saskatoon Hilltops)

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."

Saskatoon Hilltops coach Tom Sargeant. (Evan Radford/CBC)

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. 

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