With CIS Week 3 Blitz, LWOS features a round-up of all university football games across the country. From exciting games to star players, it was in interesting week in the CIS.
CIS Week 3 Blitz
The Ottawa Gee-Gees solidified their case to be an OUA powerhouse with a monstrous 30-8 win over the McMaster Marauders. Their crosstown rivals, the Carleton Ravens, flew to an easy 65-7 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues. Both the Guelph Gryphons and Western Mustangs rebounded from last week’s upsets with victories over the Queen’s Gaels and Waterloo Warriors. In one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, the York Lions beat the Windsor Lancers, 56-32, a week after the Lancers upset the Gryphons.
Meanwhile, the AUS started their regular season. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men beat the Mount Alison Mounties in a Loney Bowl rematch, 29-14. The Acadia Axemen beat the Saint-Mary Huskies 30-1.
Out West in the CWUAA, the Regina Rams beat the Manitoba Bisons 41-38 and the Calgary Dinos beat the UBC Thunderbirds 35-8. Also, the Saskatchewan Huskies beat the Alberta Golden Bears, 29-17.
In the RSEQ, the number one ranked team in the nation, the Université de Montréal Carabins had a walk in a park against the Bishop Gaiters, winning 61-0. The Laval Rouge et Or beat the Concordia Stingers 37-18. Finally, the McGill Redmen beat Sherbrooke Vert et Or in a close matchup, 19-18.
Biggest Surprise — The Lions conquered the Lancers
Not even five days after the Lancers upset the Gryphons, and successfully knocking them out of the CIS top ten, the Lancers were upset to the Lions, losing 56-32.
The Lancers held onto a slim three-point lead before the Lions scored 21 unanswered points to take a 39-11 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Lancers battled back but could not contain Brett Hunchak and the Lions offence, giving York their second 50-point game of the season.
Hunchak finished the day completing 33 of 42 pass attempts while passing for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Lancers split time between quarterbacks Casey Wright and Jalen Brady, with Wright completing 6 of 18 pass attempts for two touchdowns and 177 yards. Brady completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 146 yards. Hunchak’s favourite target was Adam Adeboboye, who made 11 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown.
– Drew Yates
Biggest Upset —The Regina Rams stunned the Manitoba Bisons.
The Rams defeated the Bisons 41-38 last Thursday night. The win was an important one for Regina as it was the first time they won a game since November 1, 2014. It was also the first win under new Manitoba head coach Stephen Bryce. The game paired the two best gunslingers in the Canada-West against each other, Theo Deezar for the Bisons vs. Noah Picton for the Rams.
After the first quarter, the Rams led 6-0 after kicker Daniel Scraper kicked two field goals. The Bisons got their first points of the game with a 14-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Jones.
The Bisons took their first lead of the game after they scored the game’s first touchdown, a seven-yard pass from Deezar to Anthony Dyck. With time expiring in the half, Picton threw a 16-yard touchdown strike to his cousin, Mitchell Picton. The Rams took a 13-10 into halftime.
However, the Bisons tied the game up on their first drive of the third quarter with a field goal. The lead was short-lived as the Rams regained the lead on their first possession of the third quarter as Picton tossed a 10-yard touchdown to Khalid Kornegay to make it 20-13. Before the third quarter ended, Picton tossed a 17-yard touchdown to Ryan Schienbein.
The fourth quarter was a wild one as the Bisons scored 24 unanswered points. The Bisons got a Rams safety to start the quarter. On their next drive, Bisons got a one-yard touchdown run by running back, Alex Christie. On the following kickoff, the Bisons recovered their own onside kick that led to a 28-yard touchdown pass from Deezer to Cam Fox several plays later.
Then, up 30-27, Bisons defensive back, Houston Rennie recovered a fumble and ran it back 19-yards for a touchdown to increase their lead to 38-27.
With 1:35 left on the clock, the Rams got a one-yard touchdown run by Picton, but failed the two point convert. With 25 seconds left in the game, Picton pulled some magic out of a hat and hit Schienbein for a 15-yard touchdown and won the game.
The lost by the Bisons put them at 0-2 to start the year while the Rams moved to 1-1. The two quarterbacks combined for 947 passing yards and six touchdowns.
– Casey Dulson
Honourable Mention – the University of Calgary Dinos beat the UBC Thunderbirds
Most Memorable Moment — the Ottawa Gee-Gees Beat the McMaster Marauders
Fireworks went off in Ottawa last weekend as the Gee-Gees kept their unbeaten streak alive. They upset the previously No. 5 Marauders 30-8. The loss bumped McMaster to the No. 9 spot in the CIS top ten.
This game also featured a battle between two OUA record holders. Ottawa pivot Derek Wendel went up against Marauder quarterback Asher Hastings. Currently, Wendel holds the record for most passing yards in a game at 564 and most passing yards in a season at 3136, while Hastings holds the most touchdowns in a season at 31.
They didn’t disappoint. The game remained close for the first half, with the Gee-Gees holding a slim four-point lead in the half. Fourteen unanswered points in the third quarter was the difference-maker as Wendel completed a 11-yard pass to Bryce Viera. Then, Mitchell Baines recovered a fumble to take the lead for good.
Baines added another eight-yard touchdown pass from Wendel, which secured the victory. In the tilt, Wendel completed 35/47 pass attempts, throwing 441 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Meanwhile, Hastings completed 19/34 pass attempts, with 249 yards and an interception.
The win boosted the Gee-Gees to No. 8 in the most recent CIS top ten rankings, while the Marauders dropped a spot below them at No. 9.
– Drew Yates
CIS Player of the Week — Regina Rams pivot, Noah Picton
Picton is proving that the Regina Rams could be threat in the Canada-West this season. In their first game of the season, the Rams lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Saskatchewan Huskies. Picton threw for 481 yards along with four touchdowns in the loss.
On Thursday night, he upped his game throwing for 490 yards with four touchdowns in the win. He also set the record for most passing attempts in school history with 60. Currently, Picton is tied for first in touchdowns with 8 and is third in passing yards with 971. If the Rams continue to play like they have, Picton could be in the running for the Hec Crighton at the end of the year.
Main Photo courtesy of York University.