CIS football Friday roundup
Photo credit David Moll, Calgary Dinos
|Montréal - L'équipe de football des
Carabins de l'Université de Montréal s'est
inclinée 21 à 14 face aux Stingers de Concordia
vendredi soir au CEPSUM. Dans un match dicté par les
revirements, le maraudeur Julien Hamel (éducation physique
et santé) a réalisé quatre interceptions et
ainsi égalé le record canadien.
Dès la première séquence à l'attaque, les Bleus ont été victime d'une interception de Paul Spencer. Sur la séquence offensive suivante des Stingers, ces derniers ont raté leur botté de placement. Cependant, Frank Bruno (arts et sciences) a échappé le ballon en tentant de s'enfuir avec celui-ci. L'équipe de Concordia a repris le ballon à la ligne de 5 verges des Carabins et a rapidement converti cette opportunité en touché grâce à une passe de Terrance Morsink à Liam Mahoney.
Sur leur séquence à l'attaque suivante, les Bleus ont été victimes d'une autre interception. La troupe de l'entraîneur-chef Gerry McGrath en a de nouveau profité pour marquer un touché sur une passe latérale à Sanchez Deschamps. Après un quart, les Bleus tiraient déjà de l'arrière 16 à 0 et n'ont jamais pu revenir dans le match.
Concordia devait absolument l'emporter pour demeurer dans la course aux séries. « Nous savions que nous allions jouer contre une équipe qui n'avait pas le choix de gagner, a dit l'entraîneur-chef Marc Santerre. Mais nous n'avons pas joué à leur niveau et nous n'avons pas été en mesure de profiter de plusieurs chances de marquer. »
Au début du deuxième quart, après une longue séquence à l'attaque où l'offensive a parcouru 99 verges, Alexandre Nadeau-Piuze (HEC Montréal, administration) a lancé une passe de touché de quatre verges à Vincent Pelletier-Bouchard (kinésiologie). La transformation de deux points a toutefois été ratée.
Sur le dernier jeu de la première demie, le botteur Rene Paredes a réalisé un placement de 41 verges contre le vent. À la suite d'un touché de sûreté concédé par les Bleus à la fin du deuxième quart, les Stingers menaient 21 à 6 au moment de retraiter au vestiaire.
Rien de moins que quatre interceptions pour Julien Hamel
Julien Hamel a réalisé pas moins de quatre interceptions face au quart Terrance Morsink. Il a ainsi fracassé le record québécois et est devenu le huitième joueur au Canada à réaliser l'exploit au cours d'un même match. Deux de ses larcins ont été réalisés dans la zone des buts. Il a retourné le ballon sur 76 verges au total en plus d'ajouter 5,5 plaqués.
Le secondeur Jonathan Beaulieu-Richard (pharmacie) a également réussi une interception alors que les Stingers cognaient à la porte des buts.
Les joueurs de l'UdeM se sont vus octroyé un touché de sûreté au début du quatrième quart. Le botteur Pierre-Paul Gélinas (HEC Montréal, administration) a réussi deux placements sur 17 et 12 verges, mais cela n'a pas suffi pour combler l'écart.
Les deux quart-arrières ont éprouvé des problèmes au cours de la soirée. Nadeau-Piuze a terminé sa soirée de travail avec 17 passes complétées en 39 tentatives en plus de subir trois interceptions. Du côté des Stingers, Morsink a complété 19 passes sur 36 et lancé cinq interceptions.
Dans la défaite, le porteur de ballon des Carabins, Rotrand Sené, a accumulé 87 verges au sol pour battre la marque d'équipe de 1046 verges réalisée par Joseph Mroué en 2005. Après huit matchs, Sené totalise 1073 verges et occupe toujours le premier rang au pays.
Pas moins de 3436 spectateurs ont bravé le vent et le froid pour assister au match. La prochaine rencontre des Carabins aura lieu samedi le 30 octobre prochain au CEPSUM. Ils seront les hôtes des Gaiters de l'Université Bishop's. Le match sera diffusé en direct à la télévision sur les ondes de Radio-Canada et à la radio au CKAC Sports ainsi que sur leurs sites web respectifs.
Source: Montreal Sport Info
|REGINA - A second-half comeback by the No. 3-ranked
Regina Rams fell short as the Calgary Dinos came away with a 35-27
road win on Friday night in a Canada West game at Mosaic Stadium.
The Rams trailed by 21 points at halftime, but mounted a comeback that saw them score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to draw to within eight points. Quarterback Marc Mueller engineered a drive that brought the Rams all the way to the Calgary five in the game's final minute, but a third-down throw to Connor Haas fell incomplete in the end zone as the drive came up short.
Both teams move to 5-2 on the season. Calgary can finish in first place in the Canada West standings with a win next week against Alberta and a loss by Saskatchewan in either of its final two games. The Rams can still finish in first place, but need a win next week at Saskatchewan and a Dinos loss next week against the Golden Bears.
Calgary quarterback Erik Glavic was questionable to start for the Dinos after being injured for the majority of the season, but played the whole game and ended up 17-for-34 for 275 yards and a touchdown. Running back Matt Walter was spectacular in the win, rushing 16 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. Nathan Coehoorn caught six balls for a team-high 125 yards, while Anthony Parker had seven catches for 69 yards.
Mueller completed 32 of his 49 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Jared Janotta, Brenden Owens, and Mark McConkey each caught nine passes for the Rams. Making his first start as a Ram, Janotta ended up with a game-high 129 receiving yards and caught the first two touchdown passes of his career. Adrian Charles rushed 10 times for a season-low 46 yards for the Rams.
Chris Folk led Calgary defensively with nine tackles, while Tye Noble had five solo tackles and six assisted tackles. Akiem Hicks was a force for the Rams on the defensive line, recording three solo tackles, three assisted tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.
The two teams combined for just one point in the first quarter, a single by Calgary's Aaron Ifield on the team's first possession of the game. The Dinos dominated ball possession in the opening quarter, holding it for just under 12 of the first 15 minutes of the game.
Calgary turned the statistical advantage into points on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Ifield hit a 14-yard chip shot to cap a 13-play, 97-yard drive that took six and a half minutes off the clock, then Walter finished off a drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge on the ensuing possession. After Chris Bodnar and Ifield traded field goals, Calgary's Richard Snyder had a 46-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and Ifield hit another as time expired to give the Dinos a 24-3 lead going into halftime.
The Dinos controlled the first half in every aspect. Calgary had 21 first downs to Regina's five, gained 302 yards of total offence to the Rams' 115, and were penalized just three times while Regina was whistled 15 times.
The Rams finally scored their first touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter. Janotta hauled in an 18-yard pass for the first touchdown of his career, capping a 15-play drive that was extended after a Calgary player ran into Bodnar on a punt. Though the Rams controlled the third quarter, they could only muster an additional point on a missed Bodnar field goal. Ifield also added a single at the 12-minute mark of the quarter as Calgary led by 14 after three.
Steven Lumbala's touchdown for the Dinos early in the fourth quarter restored the visitors' 21-point advantage. The Rams scored two points off a safety after Ifield kicked the ball through his own end zone after a fumbled long snap, then added a touchdown thanks to Janotta's second touchdown catch of the night. Ifield hit a 23-yard field goal that was almost immediately answered by the Rams with an Owens touchdown with three minutes left, setting the stage for Regina's last-minute drive that fell short.
Calgary closes out its Canada West schedule at home against Alberta next Saturday, while the Rams will meet Saskatchewan in Saskatoon next Friday night.
Source: Regina Sports Info
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds couldn't generate enough offence to hang with the no. 4 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies, losing 30-9 at Thunderbird Stadium. The 'Birds kept it close for much of the game but a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns by the Huskies put the game well out of reach.
The T-Birds got some big plays from their defence, including two interceptions and a recovered fumble by Jeff Burt but ultimately UBC was unable to capitalize on those turnovers as the offence struggled to make plays against a dominant Huskies defence.
"I thought our defence played well enough to win tonight," said UBC head coach Shawn Olson. "They bent but didn't break and didn't allow any big plays other than one long run. But offensively we couldn't string anything together. We made critical mistakes, critical drops when we needed a catch, couldn't get the run game going. It was one of those days. Saskatchewan didn't do anything special, we just didn't execute."
The T-Birds offence put up just 280 yards compared to the Huskies' 557. Even more telling is the fact that UBC rushed for 42 yards all night compared to 227 for Saskatchewan. But the UBC receiving corps dropped balls all night, too, leaving Olson scratching his head.
"Our guys are great kids. They work hard, but maybe they got a little tight, tried too hard," said Olson. "It's tough to say why it happened tonight. They're usually a pretty reliable group. But it's not just them. There's enough blame to go around."
UBC's first points came on an incredible 48-yard field goal by Billy Pavlopoulos with one second left in the first half.
The Blue and Gold wouldn't register a major until late in the fourth quarter when Billy Greene hit Victor Marshall with a 44-yard touchdown bomb. Greene was 19 for 38 with 242 yards and two interceptions on the night. Micha Theil led UBC receivers with eight catches for 88 yards.
Ben Coakwell scored the first of his two touchdowns on a one-yard run in the second quarter. That score was the result of a UBC turnover that was ruled a fumble when the Huskies were able to strip a UBC receiver after a first down at midfield. Coakwell later drove the final nail on a 47-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Coakwell finished with 88 yards along the ground.
Saskatchewan's second touchdown came on a two-yard pass from Laurence Nixon to Braeden George deep into the endzone. Nixon went 26 of 40 for 330 yards to avenge a poor performance last time out against UBC that saw him pulled for the fourth quarter. Rory Kohlert was his favorite target, catching nine balls for 120 yards.
The Thunderbirds' playoff hopes are still alive. If the Manitoba Bisons can beat the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday, then next week's final regular season game, when the 'Birds take on the Bisons, will be a must win if UBC hopes to see post-season action. They need a little help but the 'Birds are still in the picture.
"I wish I knew what it takes to get both the offence and defence going. We're just trying to find ourselves as a team right now," finished Olson. "Hopefully we're going to come back better from this. Sometimes you just have to let a loss affect you and come back stronger."
Source: UBC Sports Info