CIS Week 8 Blitz

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CIS Week 8 Blitz features a round-up of all CIS football games across the country last week. From exciting games to star players, it was an interesting week.

CIS Week 8 Blitz

Biggest Surprise — The Western Mustangs beat the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Ottawa

The Western Mustangs put on a show in the nation’s capital, defeating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 68-17. The win moved the Mustangs into a tie for first place with a 6-1 record, while the Gee-Gees fell to an overall record of 5-2.

Chris Merchant threw for 282 yards, completing 18 of 23 passes and throwing for two touchdown and an interception. Meanwhile, Stephenson Bone split time with Merchant, completing 8 of 12 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Derek Wendel threw for 228 yards, completing 20 of 34 passes, a touchdown and an interception. With one game left to play, the two teams are battling for playoff positioning, as the Gee-Gees play the Queen’s Gaels while the Mustangs play the McMaster Marauders in a battle for first place.

Biggest Upset — University of Alberta Golden Bears defeated the Regina Rams

The Alberta Golden Bears picked an opportune time to get their first win of the season, defeating the Regina Rams 19-18. With 18 seconds remaining in the game, Alberta kicker Brent Arthur booted a 26-yard field goal through the uprights to take a one-point lead going into the dying seconds of the game.

Regina pivot Noah Picton kept things close, marching all the way down to the Alberta 44 yard line with a 21-yard pass to Atlee Simon and a 10-yard pass to Andrew Bennett. The 52-yard field goal attempt from Regina’s Thomas Huber missed, sealing the game for the Golden Bears. Picton threw for 314 yards, completing 22 of 32 passes, while Ben Kopcyzynski completed 11 of 19 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown.

The Golden Bear victory stopped the Regina Rams from clinching a playoff spot, as they fell to second place in the CWUAA standings, with two games remaining.

Most Memorable Moment — Saskatchewan Huskies stunned the UBC Thunderbirds

The Saskatchewan Huskies hosted their annual blackout game last Friday night against the UBC Thunderbirds in Saskatoon. They blew out the Thunderbirds 40-10. Huskies fourth-year receiver Mitch Hillis put on a show in his first game back. He had ten receptions for 175 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win.

The Huskies had the game first points of the game as they scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game. Saskatchewan running back Jarvis James recorded a one-yard touchdown. With 13 seconds left in the first quarter, the Thunderbirds got their first points of the game, with a 20-yard field goal by Greg Hutchins to make it 7-3 Huskies.

The second quarter was exciting one as the two teams combined to score 24 points in the quarter. Despite answering with a 20-yard touchdown strike by quarterback Michael O’Connor with a minute and 42 seconds left in the second quarter, the Huskies kept pushing. Huskies quarterback Kyle Siemens threw a five-yard touchdown to receiver Julan Lynch to make it 24-10 at half-time.

That was all the Huskies needed to seal the win, as they only added onto their lead, taking the 40-10 victory. Siemens completed 24 of his 38 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Huskies running back James had 15 carries for 66 yards and the two touchdowns.

– Casey Dulson

Player of the Week — McGill Redmen rookie quarterback Frederic Paquette-Perrault.

The rookie quarterback had a field day against the Bishop’s Gaiters last Friday night in McGill Redmen’s 37-14 win. He completed 37 of his 48 passes for 465 yards and threw three touchdowns and added a one rushing touchdown.

His first touchdown came on the Redmen’s first drive of the game as he connected with receiver Preston Bews for a 16-yard touchdown. Bews was his favorite target throughout the night catching 11 passes for 139 yards and the one touchdown. On the Redmen’s next drive, Frederic Paquette-Perrault threw his second touchdown of the game to receiver Louis Brouillette for 17-yards.

Paquette-Perrault’s last two scores came in the final quarter, as he added a two-yard rushing touchdown and ended a 9- play drive, marching 60 yards down the field in four minutes with a 5-yard touchdown to Jeremy Sauvageau.

– Casey Dulson

Photo courtesy of Drew Yates