Saskatchewan Green trounces Manitoba 20-2 in Canada Cup

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With Prince Albert product Lukas Tkatchuk on their roster, Saskatchewan Green triumphed 20-2 over Manitoba in their opening tilt of the 2014 Canada Cup in Saskatoon on Sunday. As the host province for the event, Saskatchewan is fielding two teams; Green and White in the premier pre-university football event in Canada. Submitted photo 

With Prince Albert football player Luke Tkatchuk on the roster, Saskatchewan Green triumphed 20-2 over Manitoba in their opening tilt of the 2014 Canada Cup in Saskatoon on Sunday.

As the host province for the event, Saskatchewan is fielding two teams; Green and White in the premier pre-university football event in Canada, annually showcasing the top under-18 pigskin players from across the country. 

Tkatchuk, an offensive lineman, contributed to Saskatchewan’s lone victory on Sunday at Griffiths Stadium as the Green squad scored a pair of first half touchdowns while holding Manitoba to just a safety.

Things didn’t go as well on the Saskatchewan White side, with a pair of Prince Albert products on their roster in defensive lineman Ryland Gibb and linebacker Tanner Pedersen. 

Saskatchewan White fell to the three-time Canada Cup defending champion Quebec squad 27-7 on Sunday. 

Saskatchewan went for a fake punt attempt on their opening possession, handing Quebec the ball at the 44-yard line.

Quebec capitalized on the possession as quarterback Maxime Bouffard ran the ball in for a touchdown to give his team a 7-0 lead, which they maintained from there. 

Pederson, who plays his high school ball for the Carlton Crusaders, recorded a trio of tackle assists in the losing effort.

Running from July 6-12, the 2014 Canada Cup will feature eight teams from seven provinces; Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick along with the pair of squads from the host Saskatchewan side.

With the loss, Saskatchewan White is eliminated from the gold medal match scheduled for July 12 at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.

The 2014 Canada Cup resumes on Wednesday as Saskatchewan Green takes on New Brunswick and Saskatchewan White meets Nova Scotia.

Green kicks off at 10 a.m. while White gets going at 1 p.m. with both games taking place at Griffiths Stadium.

For more information on the 2014 Canada Cup, visit footballcanada.com. 

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  • Tamara Herzog
    July 08, 2014 - 21:55

    It's LUKE Tkatchuk a proud St. Mary's Marauder from Prince Albert. Also Team Saskatchewan Green plays at 7:00 p.m. on July 9 against Alberta