With CIS Week 4 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 4 Blitz
Biggest Surprise – Toronto Varsity Blues beat the York Lions
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues picked up their first win of the season and captured their fourth straight Argo Cup with a 45-18 victory over the York Lions. The Lions are in the heat of the OUA playoff race and the loss to the Varsity Blues at the midway point of the season could set them back. A win would have boosted them into a three way tie for third-place with the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders while a loss set them back into a three-way tie for fifth with the Carleton Ravens and Guelph Gryphons. With the way the York Lions have played, scoring over 50 points on teams like the Waterloo Warriors and Windsor Lancers, a loss to the Varsity Blues shows the amount of parity the OUA has this season.
Upset of the Week – Regina Rams beating No. 6 nationally-ranked UBC Thunderbirds
Over the past two weeks, the Regina Rams have beaten two teams that have been nationally-ranked. Last weekend, they beat the Manitoba Bisons when they were ranked No. 8 and the No. 6 ranked UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver last Saturday night, 20-10.
The game did not start the Rams way as the Thunderbirds rookie linebacker, Colton Zayshley scored the game first points on a fumble recovery return for a touchdown late in the first quarter, giving the Thunderbirds an early 7-0 lead. The Rams got on the board on their first drive of the second quarter when Daniel Scraper kicked a 22-yard field goal. The Thunderbirds quickly responded as quarterback Michael O’Connor threw two straight completions of 29 and 16-yards respectively to receiver Marcus Davis, leading to an 18-yard field goal by Greg Hutchins.
In the third quarter, Rams got the game first touchdown as starting pivot Noah Picton connected with his cousin, Mitchell Picton for a 10-yard strike on the team’s first drive of the quarter. The Picton magic wasn’t done as Picton connected with his cousin once again for another touchdown — this time a 5-yard strike, orchestrated by a 56-yard reception caught by Khalid Kornegay. Scraper added a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 20-10 with four minutes left in the game.
Regina Rams quarterback, Picton completed 24 out of his 33 attempts for 266-yards, along with the two touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Atlee Simon had 17 carries for 84 yards. Thunderbirds quarterback O’Connor completed 32 out of his 48 attempts for 347 yards along with two interceptions in the loss.
– Casey Dulson
Most Memorable Moment — Saint Mary University defeated the Mount Allison Mounties
The streak is over. The Saint Mary University Huskies defeated the Mount Allison Mounties to pick up their first regular season win since 2013. Winless season after winless season, the Huskies finally found success, beating the Mounties 32-27 on their turf. Adding to the remarkable win is the fact that the Huskies scored 24 unanswered points in the second half — they trailed the Mounties 27-8 after two quarters. Huskies kicker Brian Hope was the star of the game, kicking five field goals, including one with 78 seconds remaining in the game, to end the Huskies losing streak. Huskies pivot Brock Bergland passed for 271-yards on 23 completions and two touchdowns. He made 37 attempts. Meanwhile, Mounties pivot Jacob Loucks completed 18 of 35 pass attempts for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
CIS Player of the week — Manitoba Bisons quarterback, Theo Deezer
The Manitoba Bisons picked up their first win of the 2016 season beating the Alberta Golden Bears last Friday night 42-12. The key reason that the Bisons were victorious was because of the play of their quarterback, Theo Deezer.
Deezer completed 21 out his 27 passes and threw for 345 yards along with four touchdowns, with one of his touchdowns on the ground. He also ran the ball three times for 21 yards. Trailing 10-0 early in the first quarter, Deezar went to work — throwing a 21-yard touchdown to Riley Harrison for their first major of the game. Deezar also ran the ball into the end zone and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Shai Ross to take a commanding 23-10 lead at halftime.
Deezar wasn’t done there. He connected with Harrison for a 15-yard strike in the third quarter and then connected with Ross again for a 26-yard touchdown to end the game. Deezar scored 28 of the Bisons’ 42 points.
– Casey Dulson
Main photo courtesy of Drew Yates.