CIS football Saturday roundup
Photo credit Yan Dublet
ANTIGONISH, N.S. - On the strength of a dominant opening half, the Acadia Axemen cruised to a 43-10 win over the host StFX X-Men in AUS football action Saturday afternoon.
More than 1,700 fans at Oland Stadium in Antigonish, NS, watched the Axemen jump out to a 3-0 lead at 4:19 of the first quarter on a 17-yard field goal from Ryan Begin. The scoring drive came after Brett Backman recovered a fumble by X-Men receiver Devon Bailey.
Running back Brett Haenni (13 rushes, 64 yards) stretched the visitors’ advantage to 10-0 on a nine-yard run at 12:15 of the first quarter. Touchdown receptions by AJ Durling (nine yards) and Mike Squires (31 yards), along with a conceded safety by the X-Men, extended the Axemen advantage to 26-0 midway through the second quarter.
X-Men quarterback Cory Wensley (20-for-32, 220 yards) led the blue and white on their first scoring drive that culminated with a field goal by Anthony Alix at 11:58 of the second quarter, which cut the Axemen lead to 26-3.
Quarterback Kyle Graves (18-for-27, 299 yards) connected with Squires on a second touchdown at 13:48, which gave the Axemen a 33-3 lead heading to the locker room for halftime. Graves, the Subway player of the game, had three touchdown passes.
In the second half, Begin kicked two third-quarter field goals, and a second X-Men conceded safety while pinned deep in their own zone on a punt attempt, gave the Axemen a 41-3 lead.
At 7:40 of the fourth quarter, the X-Men notched their first touchdown on a 37-yard pass from Wensley to Justin McLean, cutting the lead to 41-10 in the fourth quarter. A third X-Men safety on a punt attempt gave the Axemen a 43-10 lead, the final margin of victory.
For the Axemen, Taylor Renaud was the leading receiver with five catches for 87 yards. Bailey was the leading receiver for the X-Men with eight catches for 127 yards, while freshman Ashton Dickson rushed for 19 yards on eight carries. The Axemen amassed 413 total yards, while the X-Men gained 209.
With the win the Axemen are 1-0, while the X-Men fall to 0-1 to open the AUS season. The Axemen are at home in Wolfville, NS, Saturday, Sept. 17 to host the McGill Redmen, while the X-Men travel to Montreal to face the Concordia Stingers on the same day. Both are Atlantic-Quebec conference interlock games.
Source: StFX Sports Info
LENNOXVILLE, Que. – Despite a 300-yard passing performance by Jordan Heather (Oromocto, N.B.), the Bishop's Gaiters suffered a 25-18 loss to the Concordia Stingers today before 1,708 fans at Coulter Field. Heather went 25-for-45 for 327 yards, as he had the first 300-yard game of his career.
The third-year quarterback also threw for a pair of touchdown passes. He opened the scoring as he hooked up with David Haddrall (Kingston, Ont.) on a 15-yard pass midway through the first quarter. Heather's second touchdown came early in the fourth quarter on a 53-yard pass and run play to Alexander Fox (Montreal West, Que.) Fox also enjoyed a career day, making six catches for 128 yards, and rolling up a total of 256 all-purpose yards. Mathieu Paquette (Magog, Que.) rounded out the Gaiters' scoring with a 31-yard field goal and a single.
Concordia took the lead for the first time at on Kris Robertson's 56-yard punt return at 13:57 of the first quarter, putting the visitors up 9-7. A single and Concordia's second safety touch of the day combined to give the Stingers a 12-10 lead.
Concordia put the game away in the third quarter, as Terrence Morsink found Sanchez Deschamps for a 17-yard touchdown at 3:51 of the third, giving the visitors a 19-10 lead. Keegan Treloar added a pair of field goals later in the half to round out the scoring. He finished with nine points.
Morsink finished with 137 yards passing, as he went 16-for-35 with an interception. Deschamps was the Stingers' leading rusher, with eight catches for 68 yards. Edem Nyamadi led the Concordia ground game with 17 carries for 63 yards.
For Bishop's, in addition to Heather and Fox's strong performances, Steven Turner (Brampton, Ont.) made six catches for 73 yards, while Haddrall had five receptions for 54 yards, including his scoring play. Heather finished as the Gaiters' leading rusher, with 22 yards on three carries.
Concordia outgained the Gaiters 311-302, led by 183 rushing yards, and made 24 first downs to the Gaiters' 21. The Stingers also had the edge in the turnover battle, as they forced four Bishop's turnovers while committing only one of their own. Penalties continued to plague the Gaiters, as they were whistled 22 times for 133 yards, while Concordia committed six fouls for 65 yards.
Defensively, the Gaiters were led by Jermaine Lewis-Parris (Brampton, Ont.), who made 6.5 tackles. Ryland Smith had the Gaiters' only interception, while Kiron Clarke made the Gaiters' only sack of the day. Concordia was led by Max Caron, who had 9.5 tackles, including two tackles for loss, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery.
Concordia's next game is Saturday, September, 17 when they host the StFX X-Men. The Gaiters' next game is also on Saturday, as they visit the Mount Allison Mounties. Kickoff at Macaulay Field in Sackville, N.B. is set for 2 p.m. Atlantic (1 p.m. Eastern).
Source: Bishop's Sports Info
|No. 6 Montreal||14||No. 1 Laval||24||Final||Boxscore|
QUEBEC - The No. 1 Laval Rouge et Or had a successful home opener on Saturday with a 24-14 win over the No. 6 Montreal Carabins in front of 16,046 spectators.
|Toronto||10||York||8||Final||Boxscore | Game Replay|
TORONTO - The York University Lions football team suffered a
heart-wrenching 10-8 loss to the Toronto Varsity Blues in the 42nd
annual Red & Blue Bowl held on Saturday (Sep. 10) in front of
1,217 fans in attendance at York Stadium.
|No. 2 Western||48||No. 3 McMaster||21||Final||Boxscore|
HAMILTON, Ont. - In a rematch of their 2010 Ontario University Athletics semi-final, the #2 Western Mustangs came away with a 48-21 victory over the #3 McMaster Marauders in front of a capacity crowd of 5563 on their first trip to McMaster's Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday.
Tyler Varga Kitchener, Ont.) powered the Western offence rushing
for four touchdowns while carrying the ball 25 times for 149 yards
in the win.
Source: McMaster Sports Info
OTTAWA - In front of 5,367 screaming fans at Frank Clair Stadium
on September 10, the Gee-Gees football team had a convincing
victory against the Queen’s Gaels in uOttawa’s home
opener. The Gee-Gees have now started 2-0 for the second time in as
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
WATERLOO, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons spoiled the Waterloo Warriors home opener handing the black and gold a 65-13 loss at Warrior Field on Saturday, September 10. A capacity crowd was on hand to watch the Gryphons and Warriors battle as part of the annual Black and Gold game and re-opening of Warrior Field.
Following a week one performance of eight points, the Gryphons offence came out firing taking advantage of the young Warriors defence and putting up at least 10 points per quarter.
Standout receiver Jedd Gardner (Niagara Falls, Ont.) opened the scoring for Guelph at 4:30 of the first quarter on a determined 38 yard run. Waterloo would get on the board two minutes later on a lengthy punt from kicker Alex Cowle (Napanee, Ont.) for a single point making the score 7-1 for Guelph.
Following several defensive stops by Waterloo, the flood gates opened for the Gryphons offence with Carl Trivieri (Toronto, Ont.) catching an 18 yard pass by quarterback Chris Rossetti (Mississauga, Ont.) at the 12:42 minute mark to give the Gryphons a 14-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
Following a 16 yard field goal by kicker Daniel Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.), Trivieri once again found the end zone on a 20 yard pass by Rossetti to give the visiting squad a commanding 24-1 lead.
Before the half was over Guelph would connect for the longest passing touchdown of the game with Dillon Dimitroff (Burlington, Ont.) putting the Gryphons up 31-1 on a 43 yard reception followed by an eight yard touchdown run by Rob Farquharson (Niagara Falls, Ont.) to send Guelph to the locker room up 38-1.
The third quarter saw much of the same with Guelph controlling possession and wasting little time going up 45-1 on a 33 yard pass by second string quarterback Lucas Nangle (London, Ont.) to fourth year receiver Saxton Lindsey (Markham, Ont.). Following a Gryphon field goal, Waterloo would notch their first major of the game as Warrior quarterback Evan Martin (Kitchener, Ont.) would connect with Luke Balch (London, Ont.) on third down. A missed two point conversion left Guelph in the lead 48-7.
Any hope of a comeback would be denied by Guelph’s punt returner Trivieri who dazzled the fans with the play of the game running the ball back 78 yards for his third major of the game.
Up 55-7 going into the fourth quarter, Guelph’s receiver Kevin Campbell (Pickering, Ont.) would add to the lead on a 16 yard run to put the Gryphons up 62-7. Guelph would add one more field goal before Waterloo would score their second touchdown of the game late in the fourth as Christian Lewis corralled his first touchdown as a Warrior making the final 65-13 for Guelph.
Next up for the Warriors (0-2) is a meeting with the York Lions (0-2) at Warrior Field on Saturday, September 17 with kickoff set for 1:00pm while the Guelph Gryphons (1-1) travel to Toronto to battle the Varsity Blues (1-1) at 1:00pm.
Source: Waterloo Sports Info
|Windsor||41||No. 8 Laurier||40||Final||Boxscore|
WATERLOO, Ont. - In what can only be described as a wild finish, the No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-1) lost a shocker to the Windsor Lancers (2-0) 41-40 in their home opener Saturday night at University Stadium.
With the game tied at 40 with 28 seconds left on the clock, the Lancers drove down to Laurier's 20 yard line, setting the stage for the Lancers to win the game. Kicker Dan Cerino of Stoney Creek, Ont., punted the ball to the back of the endzone on the final play of the game in the hopes of scoring a single point. The ball was caught by Golden Hawks receiver Dillon Heap of Waterloo, Ont., and kicked back into play. However, it fell right to Cerino who finished off what he started, kicking the ball through the endzone to hand the Lancers the unlikely victory.
What made the win even more unlikely was the fact that the Hawks led the game 33-22 late in the third quarter following a 92 kickoff return touchdown by Laurier's Felix Odum, of Pickering, Ont. Instead of backing down however, the Lancers scored 19 fourth quarter points to earn the win.
Windsor was led by backup quarterback Austin Kennedy of Windsor, Ont., who came into the game in the second quarter after starter Sam Malian of LaSalle, Ont., was forced from the game with an injury. Kennedy finished the game 25 of 37 for 443 yards and five touchdowns while also leading the Lancers in rushing, racking up 112 yards on ground.
The Golden Hawks started the game well as they found the endzone just five minutes into the contest. Heap, who scored the game's opening touchdown in Week 1 against York, was left wide open by the Lancers defence and quarterback Shane Kelly of Basking Ridge, N.J., made them pay, connecting with Heap for the 30 yard score.
After Windsor conceded a safety, the purple and gold stretched their lead to 16 when Anton Bennett of Toronto, caught a nine yard touchdown pass. The Lancers would add a touchdown and a single of their own to pull within eight points at halftime.
The third quarter saw the two teams traded a pair of touchdowns, setting up a wild fourth quarter.
Kennedy connected with Evan Pszczonak of Amherstburg, Ont., followed by a Cercino 24 yard field goal and a Laurier conceded safety. The Golden Hawks answered back when Kelly found Mark Surya of Burlington, Ont., in the endzone with less than two minutes to play. But it was Kennedy again engineering a response, driving Windsor down the field in just 48 seconds, eventually finding Cory Fernandes of Mississauga, Ont., in the endzone to tie the game.
A quick two-and-out by the Hawks set up the fireworks in the final second of the game.
For the Hawks, Kelly finished the game 21 of 33 for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Bennett racked up 132 rushing yards in the game. Heap was the top receiver as he had five receptions for 84 yards.
Lancers receiver Jordan Brescacin of Tecumseh, Ont., was the main beneficiary of Kennedy's big game, hauling in 10 catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Fernandes also topped the 100 yard receiving mark, with 136 yards on five receptions.
The Golden Hawks will try to rebound next week in Kingston when they travel to Queen's to take on the Gaels (0-2). Game time is set for 1:00pm.
NOTES: The loss was the Golden Hawks first to the Lancers since 2006 when they lost 38-29 in Windsor...Odum's third quarter kickoff return touchdown was the first of his career...at 92 yards, Odum's return was the fifth longest in team history...Attendance at the game was 5,126
Source: Laurier Sports Info
EDMONTON - It wasn’t pretty, but the Manitoba Bisons will take it. Despite three fumbles and three interceptions, the University of Manitoba managed to spoil the Alberta Golden Bears’ football home-opener by posting a 22-20 victory, Saturday night before 1,078 fans at Foote Field in Edmonton.
Alberta, which now drops to 0-2, recovered from a slow start but had their own series of struggles protecting the ball, giving up four interceptions, one fumble, and one turnover on downs. Receiver Jess Valleau scored on a 100-yard kickoff return, while running back KK Sonuga added a fourth-quarter TD rush as well. Steve McCaffrey, in his first season as a CIS kicker, nailed a pair of field goals and earned a 40.7 punt yard average.
The Bisons, meanwhile, improve to 1-1 after getting touchdowns from receivers Brendon Bowman and Tyson Takasaki. Kicker Nick Boyd was also good on a pair of field goals.
In a first half only a mother could love, the teams combined for a whopping nine turnovers and a dismal three points, as the Bisons forced Alberta into conceding a safety at 7:46 of the first quarter, and then McCaffrey picked up a punt single midway through the second quarter for the only scoring through 30 minutes.
The halftime stats read like a horror show for both teams: Golden Bears starting quarterback Julian Marchand had completed three of 15 pass attempts for 42 yards and three interceptions, while Bisons QB Khaleal Williams had connected on six of 15 passes for 38 yards, with three interceptions and two sacks, to go along with a pair of team fumbles.
Leading the defensive feast was Alberta corner back Brent Krawchuk, who banked two of those interceptions, while defensive back Lane Dell and veteran safety Jason Hetherington each recovered a first-half fumble.
Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, the offence simply stalled out when in possession, or turned it right back over to the Bisons.
After McCaffrey opened the second-half scoring with a 21-yard field goal, Manitoba stormed ahead when Williams found Bowman on a seam pass, and the speedy receiver burned up 73 yards into the endzone at 5:08 of the third quarter.
The Bisons appeared to be running away with it three minutes later, as they marched on the Bears and punched in another major, this time on a 27-yard TD strike from Williams to Takasaki.
On the ensuing kickoff, however, Valleau sped past the entire Manitoba special teams unit, untouched, and picked up a 100-yard touchdown return, the third longest in Golden Bears’ team history.
It seemed to be the spark Alberta needed, as Marchand and offence began to roll, putting drives together and protecting the football.
Even after Boyd’s first field goal of the night, at 1:21 of the fourth quarter, the Bears marched right back down and capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive with a seven-yard rushing TD from fourth-year KK Sonuga to draw within two points. The Bears elected to go for the two-point convert, but the pass attempt to receiver Brad Quartel was just out of reach.
Despite that setback, Alberta still managed to grab their first lead of the game, at 7:23 of the fourth quarter, when McCaffrey picked up his second FG of the evening. But, just over five minutes later, Boyd retaliated from 27 yards out to put the Bisons back in front, 22-20, with under three minutes to play.
When the Golden Bears’ offence failed to move the ball, and was forced to punt, Alberta’s defence came to the rescue once again as veteran linebacker Duncan Morris sacked Williams for a loss of seven yards, which forced the Bisons to punt back to Alberta.
However, with under a minute to go and yardage needed, Marchand was intercepted once again, this time by safety Teague Sherman, to effectively end the game.
Golden Bears’ running back Sonuga simply got better as the game wore on, finishing with 22 carries and 113 yards, plus a touchdown. Alberta’s top receiver was Porter Brown as he caught three balls for 49 yards. Hetherington, moved to strong side linebacker position for the game, picked up 15 total tackles, plus a fumble recovery, while Morris had six tackles and a game-high two sacks. Freshman linebacker Connor Ralph had seven tackles as well.
Manitoba’s Williams finished his night by completing 12 of 27 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, while running backs Kienan LaFrance and Anthony Coombs each had 12 carries for a combined 137 yards along the ground.
The Golden Bears are next in action next Saturday in Vancouver against the 1-1 UBC Thunderbirds, while the Bisons return home to face the 2-0 Saskatchewan Huskies.
Source: Alberta Sports Info