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Prince Albert's Evan Kopchynski has waited for his chance to get in the line-up and now he is taking full advantage of that opportunity to help the Saskatoon Hilltops win a fourth straight national junior football championship.
Prince Albert’s Evan Kopchynski has been waiting for his opportunity to get into the line-up and now that that time has arrived he is making the most of his chances.
The St. Mary High School graduate hauled in three passes for 35 yards and scored one touchdown as the Saskatoon Hilltops routed the Calgary Colts 37-6 in Prairie Junior Football League action on Sunday at Gordie Howe Bowl in Saskatoon.
Kopchynski, who is in his third season with the Hilltops, but has been relegated mostly to the practise roster prior to this season, now has 11 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns this year.
The Hilltops, who have won the last three national junior football championships, finished the regular season with a 7-1 record and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Kopchynski will be on the field next Sunday when the Hilltops take on the Edmonton Wildcats in a semifinal tilt at 1 p.m. at Gordie Howe Bowl. The other semifinal will have the Regina Thunder, the only team to beat Saskatoon this season (29-28), facing the Edmonton Huskies at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
Should the Hilltops claim the PFC championship they will also host the Canadian Bowl with that game scheduled for Nov. 9, likely at Griffiths Stadium.