USports football roundup: Laval, Western, Calgary clinch conference crowns

OTTAWA – The unbeaten Western Mustangs defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 33-0 on Saturday afternoon to lock up top spot in the Ontario Universities Athletics football standings.

Western (7-0) entered play in the No. 1 spot in the U Sports national rankings. The reigning Vanier Cup champions ended a five-game winning streak for the hometown Gee-Gees (5-2).

Alex Taylor did most of the damage on the ground, carrying the ball 13 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns – one for 88 yards that made it 9-0 early in the second quarter – while Cedric Joseph ran the ball 13 times for 69 yards and a TD for the Mustangs.

Quarterback Chris Merchant was 7 for 12 in the air for 126 yards, with one TD and one interception. Ottawa QB Sawyer Buettner went 17 for 30 for 114 yards with two picks.

Western’s defence held the Gee-Gees to just 181 yards of total offence.

HUSKIES 28 MOUNTIES 16

HALIFAX – Shelder Fervius returned a 102-yard kick for a touchdown in the first quarter and Saint Mary’s (7-0) went on to beat Mount Allison (2-4).

WARRIORS 34 MARAUDERS 16

WATERLOO, Ont. – Tre Ford passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns to power the Warriors (4-3) over McMaster (4-3).

GRYPHONS 46 VARSITY BLUES 8

GUELPH, Ont. – Theo Landers threw two TDs and Kiondre Smith returned a punt 62 yards for another as the Gryphons (4-3) toppled Toronto (0-7).

ROUGE ET OR 57 REDMEN 13

MONTREAL – Hugo Richard threw five touchdown strikes, including two to Mathieu Robitaille as Laval (7-0) stayed undefeated with a rout over McGill (1-5).

AXEMEN 31 GAITERS 9

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Rory Kelly returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown to help Acadia (3-3) topple Bishop’s (0-7).

CARABINS 24 STINGERS 0

MONTREAL – Ryth-Jean Giraud rushed for two TDs and the Carabins (5-2) held the Concordia (2-4) offence to just 130 total yards for the win.

CALGARY – The Calgary Dinos are once again the kings of Canada West.

Adam Sinagra threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns, while Hunter Karl caught nine passes for 125 yards and a TD as Calgary thrashed the Manitoba Bisons 34-16 in U Sports football action Friday and clinched first in the division for the seventh time in eight years.

Robinson Rodrigues also ran for 70 yards and touchdown for the Dinos (6-0). Alex Basilis had 34 receiving yards and a TD.

Des Catellier was 9-for-23 passing for 121 yards, while Jamel Lyles had 147 yards and touchdown on the ground for the Bisons (3-3). Victor St. Pierre Laviolette also scored a rushing touchdown for Manitoba.

Calgary’s defence came up big early as Boston Rowe scored on 68-yard fumble recovery at 11:30 in the first quarter.

The Dino’s put up 22 unanswered points until Manitoba broke its goose egg on a rouge with 30 seconds left in the second quarter.

Manitoba didn’t score again until Lyles’ 17-yard run for a touchdown capped a three-play, 68-yard drive at 12:55 of the fourth.

GOLDEN HAWKS 39 LANCERS 24

WATERLOO, Ont. – Wilfrid Laurier (4-3) scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to erase a 19-15 halftime deficit against Windsor (1-6). Levondre Gordon rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Hawks.

RAVENS 35 LIONS 20

TORONTO – Playing its final game of the regular season, Carleton (5-3) clinched a playoff spot with a win over York (2-5). Michael Arruda threw for three touchdowns for the Ravens.

RAMS 32 GOLDEN BEARS 17

REGINA – Aldo Galvan kicked four field goals and Seb Britton tossed two touchdowns as Regina (1-5) technically picked up its first win of the season at Alberta’s (2-4) expense. The Ram were forced to forfeit three wins last week due to an ineligible player.

THUNDERBIRDS 20 HUSKIES 10

VANCOUVER – Michael O’Connor threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns and UBC’s (3-3) defence caught four interceptions as it held off Saskatchewan (3-3).

-CP

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