USports Football Round Up: Everybody gets in on the action

After a staggered start, week two of the Canadian university season saw teams from across the country in action.

Monday

Ottawa 14 Queen’s 13
OTTAWA – Jackson Bennett returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and Lewis Ward converted with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter as the No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees edged the Queen’s Gaels 14-13 on Monday in U Sports football action. Quarterback Alex Lavric completed 19-of-28 pass attempts for 225 yards to lead Ottawa (2-0). Ward had two field goals from 45 and 31 yards and a rouge in addition to his game-winning convert. Kicker Nick Liberatore supplied all the points for Queen’s (0-2), connecting on 4-of-5 field goals and adding a rouge. QB Nate Hobbs completed 19-of-32 pass attempts for 257 yards.

Waterloo 52 York 8
WATERLOO, Ont. – Running back Tre Ford rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns and completed four passes on five attempts, including a six-yard TD pass, to power the Warriors (2-0) past York (0-2).

Western 41 Guelph 34 (OT)
LONDON, Ont. – Stevenson Bone scored a touchdown from one-yard out in overtime as Western (2-0) downed Guelph (0-2) in a game delayed by thunderstorms.

Toronto 19 Windsor 12
TORONTO – Jordan Gillespie returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown and the Varsity Blues (1-0) defeated Windsor (0-2) in a shortened game. The game, which was delayed by thunderstorms, was called at 11:30 p.m. ET due to Toronto bylaws, Ontario University Sport policy and an agreement between both coaches.

Sunday

McMaster 23 Carleton 9
OTTAWA – Robbie Yochim returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown just before halftime as the McMaster Marauders opened their U Sports football season with a 23-9 victory over the Carleton Ravens on Sunday. Quarterback Andreas Dueck was 9 of 22 for 65 yards, one touchdown and one interception for McMaster (1-0). Tommy Nield caught four passes, including the TD, and Mitch O’Connor recovered a fumble for another Marauders touchdown. Giordy Belifore completed 9-of-15 passes for 118 yards for the Ravens (1-1). Nathan Carter ran for 150 yards on 22 carries and Michael Domagala converted the lone field goal he attempted. The rest of Carleton’s points came on three safeties.

Saturday

Acadia 27 Bishop’s 10
Cody Cluett threw a pair of touchdowns to lift the Acadia Axemen past the Bishop’s Gaiters 27-10 on Saturday in U Sports football action. Cluett was 36 of 44 for 302 yards and connected with Ben Meek and Dale Wright for the TDs. Wright also ran in a touchdown while Cameron Davidson rushed for 145 yards on 24 carries for Acadia (1-1). Dylan Tucker was 17 of 31 for 133 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Bishop’s (0-1), which was making its Atlantic University Sport debut. Trevon Millings caught three passes for 34 yards and a TD. The Gaiters moved from Quebec’s RSEQ conference in the off-season after struggling against powerhouses such as Laval and Montreal.

Friday

Laval 50 McGill 14
MONTREAL – Hugo Richard threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns and ran in two scores himself as the Laval Rouge et Or downed the McGill Redmen 50-14 on Friday in Canadian University football action for their 200th win in program history. Richard was 28 of 34 passing and threw his TD strikes to Jonathan Breton Robert and Etienne Moisan. Christop Amoah added a rushing touchdown for Laval (2-0). Frederic Pacquette-Perrault connected with Remi Bertellin twice to lead the offence for McGill (0-1). Pacquette-Perrault finished 14 of 29 for 273 yards and was intercepted twice.

St. Francis Xavier 37 Mount Allison 0
ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Josh Millar threw two TD passes to Kaion Julien-Grant to lead StFX (1-1) over Mount Allison (1-1).

Saskatchewan 44 Manitoba 23
WINNIPEG – Kyle Siemens completed 31-of-40 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns to lift Saskatchewan (1-0) over Manitoba (0-1).

Regina 36 British Columbia 20
REGINA – Atlee Simon ran 63 yards for a touchdown and receivers Kyle Moortgat and Mitch Thompson each caught TD strikes from Noah Picton as the Rams (1-0) toppled UBC (0-1).

Calgary 55 Alberta 26
EDMONTON – Jacob Izquierdo caught a TD strike from Josiah Joseph with three minutes left to get the Dinos (1-0) past the 50-point mark for a 10th straight game in Calgary’s rout over Alberta (0-1).

Thursday

Concordia 23 Sherbrooke 22
Andrew Stevens kicked a 23-yard field goal with no time remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Concordia Stingers over the Sherbrooke Vert et Or 23-22 on Thursday night in U Sports football action. Stevens finished the game 5 for 5 with his longest boot coming from 44 yards. Jean-Guy Rimpel led the Stingers (1-1) offence by rushing the ball for 151 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries. Quarterback Trenton Miller was 21 of 35 for 230 yards and an interception. Alex Jacob-Michard completed 14-of-31 passes for 240 yards, one touchdowns and two interceptions for Sherbrooke (0-2) while also running in a TD. Jermer Braswell caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Vert et Or kicker Pierre-Antoine D’Astous booted his second field goal of the game with 1:14 left in the fourth to give Sherbrooke a 22-20 lead before Concordia stormed back down the field to set up Stevens’s winning kick.

USPORTS WEEK THREE SCHEDULE (all times EST)

Friday, Sept. 8
Regina at Calgary, 7:30 p.m.
Alberta at Saskatchewan, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Acadia at St. Francis Xavier, 1 p.m.
Windsor at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Western at McMaster, 1 p.m.
Ottawa at York, 1 p.m.
Toronto at Waterloo, 1 p.m.
Laval at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Bishop’s, 3 p.m.
Manitoba at British Columbia, 4 p.m.
McGill at Sherbrooke, 7 p.m.
Carleton at Wilfrid Laurier, 7 p.m.

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2 Comments on USports Football Round Up: Everybody gets in on the action

  1. Scott Flory taking over from Brian Towriss and doing him proud!
    thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatchewan/no-canadian-university-football-coach-won-more-than-brian-towriss

  2. White Horse // September 5, 2017 at 3:28 pm //

    U of C had nine players drafted into the CFL for 2017
    Will be interesting to see how a terrific head coach like Wayne Harris will manage the team this season. Two undefeated seasons and one Vanier loss.
    GO DINOS

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