With a 40-32 victory over Alberta in Saskatoon on Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Green football team punched their ticket to the 2014 Canada Cup gold medal game scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday. Saskatchewan Green are undefeated so far in the tournament, defeating Manitoba 20-2 on Sunday. Saskatchewan Green will take on Ontario on Saturday at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. Photo by Louis Christ
St. Mary High School football player Luke Tkatchuk and the Saskatchewan Green squad are off to the 2014 Canada Cup gold medal game at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.
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.
On Wednesday, Saskatchewan Green triumphed 40-32 over Alberta in the tournament‚Äôs semi-final while Ontario defeated the defending champions Quebec 30-6 to set up the big game on Saturday.
Taking to the gridiron at Griffiths Stadium, Saskatchewan and Alberta exchanged blows throughout the game, with the Green squad getting touchdowns from Ryan Melnyk, Cordell Kadash, Kade Belyk and Ben Getzlaf.
On the other Saskatchewan side, the White squad defeated Nova Scotia 26-14 on Wednesday in Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan White, with a pair of Prince Albert products on their roster in defensive lineman Ryland Gibb and linebacker Tanner Pedersen, were eliminated from gold medal contention on Sunday after falling to Quebec 27-7.
The White team will take on Manitoba on Saturday for fifth place with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium.
The championship tilt between Ontario and Saskatchewan Green will get going at 7 p.m., also at Griffiths Stadium.
For more information on the 2014 Canada Cup, visit footballcanada.com.