CIS Week 7 Blitz

CIS Week 7 Blitz
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CIS Week 7 Blitz features a round-up of all CIS football games across the country for the last two weeks. From exciting games to star players, it was an interesting week.

CIS Week 7 Blitz

Biggest Surprise – The Vert et Or give #1, Carabins a run for their money.

On October 1st, the Montreal Carabins had their toughest task of the year against a surprising Sherbrooke Vert et Or team. The Carabins needed a last second 53-yard touchdown by Regis Cibasu to win the game, 27-20.

In the win, the Carabins had four turnovers – three fumbles and one interception. In the first quarter, running back Julien Choquette-Daigneault fumbled the ball, which led to a Vert et Or 8-yard touchdown pass by J.C. Bruno -St-Hilaire to David Savard. Carabins wideout Samuel Nadeau-Piuze and Carabins running back Sean Thomas-Erlington also fumbled the ball. Caron threw an interception as well, counting for 11 Vert et Or points due to Carabin turnovers.

The Carabins game was the second straight game that Vert et Or quarterback J.C. Bourque-St-Hilaire started. He stole the starting job from rookie Alex Jacob-Michaud after the game against the Laval Rouge et Or. Against the Carabins, Hillaire had a breakout game as he completed 22 out of his 34 passes for 302 yards, he had one touchdown and one pick. He also had one-yard touchdown run. Because of his standout performances, Hilaire could be the Vert et Or starter for the rest of the year.

Fourth-year quarterback Samuel Caron was the Carabins starting quarterback for the last five games, leading them to a 4-0 record and No. 1 ranking in Canada. But in the past two games he has been a turnover machine, throwing three picks. He was pulled in third quarter of the game after he threw his interception. It was not his best as he completed 13 out of his 22 passes for 146 yards and the one pick.

Fourth-year quarterback, Pierre-Luc Varhegyi came on to replace him and put on a show. He was nearly perfect, completing 14 out of his 15 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdowns came in the fourth-quarter after the Carabins were down 20-9.

– Casey Dulson


Biggest Upset — Saint Mary’s Huskies defeated the Mount Allison Mounties

Meanwhile, in the AUS conference, the Saint Mary’s Huskies won their second game of the season when they beat the Mount Allison Mounties 29-21 at Huskies Stadium. The Huskies, who hadn’t won a game since 2013, suddenly have two wins and are in contention for a playoff spot. The win puts the Huskies in second place in the conference, behind the St. FX X-Men, while the Acadia Axemen and Mounties trail closely behind in a tie for third place. This week’s game bring major playoff implications, as Mount Allison plays Acadia, while the Huskies attempt to slow the X-Men’s momentum heading into the final weeks.

Most Memorable Moment — the Carleton Ravens defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees

In the 48th Panda Game, the Carleton Ravens defeated their hometown rivals, the Ottawa Gee-Gees 43-23 to capture their third consecutive Panda Game victory in the nation’s capital. In front of a crowd of 23,329 attendees, the Ravens ended the Gee-Gees bid for a perfect season while securing their second straight playoff berth. With the win, the Ravens are 5-1 with 10 points — the Windsor Lancers, Queen’s Gaels, Guelph Gryphons, and York Lions can only match their point total. With the Waterloo Warriors hosting the Ravens for their final game, Carleton could close the season out 6-2 as Waterloo heads towards another winless season. Meanwhile, the Gee-Gees host the Western Mustangs in the battle for first place of the OUA conference.

Player of the Week —  Ottawa Gee-Gees fifth-year quarterback, Derek Wendel.

Derek Wendel was fantastic against the York Lions in a 54-20 win last Friday night. He completed 31 of his 42 passes, throwing for 514 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards on five carries and had a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter alone. His touchdown targets were a 49-yard touchdown to Mitchell Baines, a 16-yard touchdown to Baines, and a 28-yard touchdown to Thomas Hoyt to take a commanding lead in the game.

Currently, Wendel leads the CIS in many categories, including passing yards (2,371), passing touchdowns (18) and completions (183) in six games. This Saturday, Wendel can break the most completions in a season against Western. He only needs 34 completions to break the record, which he set last year.

– Casey Dulson

Main photo courtesy of Ellen Bond.