Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Manitoba

Saskatchewan (2-1) at Manitoba (1-2) WHEN: Saturday Sept. 24/16, Noon (SK Time) WHERE: Investors Group Field BROADCAST: CJWW PREGAME: 11am on CJWW FORECAST:  Cloudy With Sunny Breaks, 30% Chance of Showers. Wind More »

Huskies Remain In Top 10

Thanks to a second straight near-perfect performance on home turf, theUniversity of Montreal Carabins (3-0) were a unanimous No. 1 selection in this week’s CIS football national rankings, a first in program history. More »

The Sky Was The Limit At WGR

Super Late Model drivers showed they really know how to get things done Saturday at the Wyant Group Raceway. At the start of any long race they get a little pep talk. More »

Late Dino Drive Dumps Huskies

In a defensive struggle that came down to the final minute, the No. 2 ranked University of Calgary Dinos escaped with a 20-19 win over the No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan More »

GAME DAY: Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. Calgary

Saskatchewan (2-0) vs. Calgary (2-0) WHEN: Friday Sept. 16/16, 7pm WHERE: Griffiths Stadium BROADCAST: CJWW PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW LIVE from the Rally Alley FORECAST:  A Few Clouds, High 25. HUSKIES in More »

 

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Manitoba

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Saskatchewan (2-1) at Manitoba (1-2)

WHEN: Saturday Sept. 24/16, Noon (SK Time)
WHERE: Investors Group Field
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 11am on CJWW
FORECAST:  Cloudy With Sunny Breaks, 30% Chance of Showers. Wind SE 30-45. High 22.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Road 2-4 – 2016 2-1, Road 1-0
BISONS in 2015: 5-3, Home 2-2 – 2016 1-2, Home 1-1

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 4, 2015 – Manitoba 34 – Saskatchewan 28 (at Saskatoon)
Huskies OFFENSE: Points 3 (89), RUSH 3 (175 YPG), PASS 5 (258 YPG), OVERALL 4 (432 YPG)

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies are putting up admirable numbers in both the passing and rushing games. However, if they could start to produce from the opening kick-off the team could possibly be 3-and-oh. For whatever reason the Dogs offense has started slowly, especially last week against Calgary. If the Dogs can get out of the gates all should be well.

BISONS OFFENSE: Points 2 (94), RUSH 4 (143 YPG), PASS 2 (374.3 YPG), OVERALL 2 (517 YPG)

When looking at the Bison’s offence the words “Run And Gun,” come to mind. This team likes to throw the ball and if Quarterback Theo Deezar finds time he can hurt you. However, with only one returning lineman from a year ago the offensive line has endured some growing pains and inconsistent play.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points T4 (76) Yards Allowed 5 (501 YPD), Pass 5 (348 YPG), Run 3 (153 YPG)

The numbers may not show how much improvement the Huskies defense have made in the last two weeks but they have kept their team in the game the last weeks. For example, with Calgary operating on a short field for much of the opening quarter last week the Dogs surrendered only 10 points.

Huskies Remain In Top 10

Here come the Dogs.

Thanks to a second straight near-perfect performance on home turf, theUniversity of Montreal Carabins (3-0) were a unanimous No. 1 selection in this week’s CIS football national rankings, a first in program history.

After receiving 27 of 30 first-place votes last Tuesday, the reigning two-time RSEQ conference champions merited all first-place nods and a perfect 300 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel to become the first unanimous pick since Laval in 2014 (Oct. 28 poll).

The Calgary Dinos (3-0) and Laval Rouge et Or (2-1) once again complete the Big Three this week after earning 266 and 238 points in the new media poll, respectively.

Rounding out the fourth national rankings of the campaign are the No. 4 Western Mustangs (3-1 / 197 points / up one position), No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (3-0 / 178 / up two), No. 6Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-0 / 159 / up two), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (3-1 / 105 / up two), No. 8Saskatchewan Huskies (2-1 / 87 / up two), No. 9 Regina Rams (2-1 / 54 / previously unranked) and No. 10 Carleton Ravens (2-2 / 38 / down six).

The Sky Was The Limit At WGR

Wyant Group Raceway

Super Late Model drivers showed they really know how to get things done Saturday at the Wyant Group Raceway. At the start of any long race they get a little pep talk. Things like, remember it’s a long race; be patient; you have lots of time; you’ll never win it on the first lap, but you may lose it. Does it do any good? Who knows, but it is tradition.

Maybe it did help on Saturday. It was the final race of the season for the Sky Financial Super Late Model Series, the DJB Transportation 150.
Taking the green flag at 5:31pm, they drove 129 laps before they saw their first caution. And what’s more, they saw caution only once more, on the restart lap of the first caution.

That doesn’t leave a lot of stats, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t and exciting and action packed race.

The 12x of Aaron Deagnon was on the pole, with #04 Tim Kammer outside.
Six rows back, at the back, were the top qualifiers, #55 Jim Gaunt and
#17 Rob Janzen. Nine more cars were in between for the fourth and final race of the season for the series.

The green flag drops and Deagon takes the lead, showing the way around for three laps before #9 of Ian Admiraal moves up from the second row to take over the lead. It looked easy, but Matthew Shirley wanted to show he was worthy of his move from Sportsman to SLM and by lap 19 had taken over the lead from Admiraal.

By lap 20 we had seen movement through the field. #62 of Kenny Heintz had moved from an eighth spot start to fourth. Kevin Dyck had piloted the #10 up four positions into fifth. The #55 of Gaunt and #70 of Seidel were biding their time though, hanging back with only two cars behind them.

Patience? Saving their tires? They’ll never tell you their game plan.

At lap 50 things hadn’t changed much. It was still 12, 9, 62 and 10 at the front. 55 and 70 were up a couple more spots, clearing by 17x of Trevor Emond and 99 of Dean Braham. This seemed to be new strategy for Emond as well, hanging back so long. We’re used to seeing him charge to the front.

At the half way point Gaunt had slipped back a little more. Matthew Shirley continued to lead, with lapped cars mixed in Admiraal was still second, Kevin Dyck was third and Seidel had inched up to fourth.

At lap 83 Shirley came up on the #62 of Kenny Heintz, looking to put him a lap down. Kenny was having no part of that and raced hard. There was no way Matthew was getting by him. It wasn’t until lap 95 that Shirley was finally able to clear by Heintz and he now set his sights on Rob Janzen.

Shirley was trying to find an opening on Janzen. Heintz hadn’t given up on Shirley either, continuing to dog him in his rear view mirror.
Coming out of corner four in lap 108 Matthew managed to work his way inside of the #17 of Janzen. They made contact though and Shirley’s right tire rode over Janzen’s left wheel.

Heintz took advantage, driving around both and landing back on the lead lap. No liquid Lucky Bastard for Kenny tonight! No caution either.

The #12 of Shirley continued to lead, but his times did slow and he soon found #70 of Trent Seidel knocking on his back door. Lap 123 Seidel clears by Shirley and becomes the fourth leader of the race.

Lap 129 Kevin Dyck and Kenny Heintz get together bringing out the first caution of the race. Both have to pit for repairs. Kenny gets back in while still under caution, but Kevin pulls into his pit. The #38 of Dave Bone is the Lucky Bastard recipient, putting him back on the lead lap.

For the restart, Seidel and Shirley were on the front row, with Admiraal and Gaunt on the second row. Seidel drives away on green with Admiraal close behind. Coming through corner three and four, Admiraal gets into the back of Seidel bringing the caution lights back on for only the second time.

Admiraal taps out (takes responsibility for the accident) so is moved to the back. Otherwise, the cars are relined into the positions there were on the restart since they had not completed the first lap. This puts Gaunt on the inside behind Seidel and Emond outside behind Shirley.

Green comes out and Seidel drives away with Emond in chase. Shirley is running about 3/10th of a second slower that the leaders. Jim moves around him into third and continues his chase on Seidel and Emond.

Trent has gone into coast mode as he lets Jim and Trevor battle behind him. Trent is running 15 seconds laps while Trevor is turning 14.9.
Gaunt is a little faster at 14.8’s, but there just isn’t enough time.
The checkered flag comes out less than 48 minutes after the green flag, with the #70 Elance Steel Chevy SS of Trent Seidel in first, #17x Western Camp Services Chevy of Trevor Emond second and the #55 Sky Financial Chevy of Jim Gaunt in third.

After a disastrous first race in the series on June 18, the Astro Towing
150 won by Trevor Emond, Trent came back to win the second race, the Dairy Queen Mark McGreggor Memorial 150 on August 8. Trent had to settle for third in the Lakeview Insurance 150 on August 27 leaving #8x Kelly Admiraal to win that one.

Even though he didn’t take any checkered flags home, the steady finishes of 2nd, 4th, 2nd and 3rd was enough to keep Jim Gaunt at the top of the points chase with 325 points. #10 Trent Seidel is second with 310 points and #17 of Rob Janzen is third with 293 points. #17x Trevor Emond at 285 and rookie #12 Matthew Shirley at 249 round out the top five.

We really thought we were going to see some record times Saturday as Trent Seidel put down a lap time of 13.971 in practice on Friday afternoon. That is the first time a car has run a recorded sub 14 second lap at Wyant Group Raceway.

He bettered that time Saturday morning in practice, putting a 13.961 second lap on the board. Unfortunately, neither time counts in the record books as they were not run under the controls of qualifying time trials and the car was not tech’d immediately following the timing.

Once the clock started, the best we saw was 14.212 seconds out of the
#17 of Rob Janzen and 14.273 out of #55 Jim Gaunt. Trent’s official time was third place at 14.319 seconds.

Trent also won the first heat race, giving him pole position for the DJB Transportation 150 before inversion. #10 Kevin Dyck was second and #17 Rob Janzen was third.

Trevor Emond took the second heat win with the #62 of Kenny Heintz second and #55 Jim Gaunt third.

As top qualifiers, Jim and Rob both chose to take the challenge to start at the back, today up to $1500.00. The dice roll was eleven, meaning the whole field was inverted for the start of the 150.

There was plenty of other racing as well Saturday at Wyant Group Raceway. The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks were running their second last race of the season. It was the #4 Streetwise Service Honda Prelude Shawn Magee, Shawn Magee and Shawn Magee winning the heat, qualifier and mini stock feature.

Jim Barnsley’s Streetwise Service #41 Neon was second in the heat and qualifier, third in the feature. Cole Nixey in the #23 33rd Street Auto Prelude was third in the heat and qualifier, second in the feature.

The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks will finish their season next Saturday, Jim Barnsley holding a seven point lead over Cole Nixey. Its another nine points to Magee.

The Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks finished up their race season Saturday with #3 Craig Katelnikoff winning the first heat. Curtis Houben in the
#81 RPM Camaro won the qualifier and the street stock feature. #63 Kevin Mclaggen was second, and the #22 Globe Excavating Camaro of Ryan Fredrickson was third. A finishing lap feud down the front stretch in into the grass between the #3 of Craig Katelnikoff and #18 Mike Rea earned them both black flags.

The wins Saturday puts the #81 RPM Camaro of Curtis Houben back on top of the points for the year, winning the season with 586 points over the
#3 BDI Trans Am of Craig Katelnikoff with 563 points. Mike Rea winds up third with 562 points in the #18 Wheaton GM Monte Carlo.

Ryan Thompson didn’t have a good ending to his season in the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman division. His day ended early when Nicole Sheetka bounced off Kirk Senger through corner four and Sheetka went into Ryan, turning him hard into the wall.

Cale Siemens ended up winning that first Sportsman heat race, with #5 Kirk Senger second and #42 Nicole Sheetka third. #51x Nick Jewel picked up the second heat race, with #93 Neil Schneider second and #51 Matt Neufeld third.

Nick Jewel also picked up the first qualifier win, Neil Schneider second and #28 Cale Siemens third. Nicole Sheetka took the second qualifier, with the #27 of Rick Schurmanns second and #49 Ben Busch third.

It was 50 laps for the final race of the season for the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman division and the #51x of Nick Jewel was first to the line. Neil Scheider was second in the #93 Burco Electric Dodge Avenger. Nicole Sheetka in the #42 Rainbow International Restoration Grand Prix was third. Nick Jewel’s car did not pass tech inspection, so was DQ’d.

That ends the season with the #28 Lucky Bastard Distillers Grand Prix winning the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman championship with 286 points. Ben Busch in the #49 Northern Lights Casino Monte Carlo is second with 269 points and Neil Schneider is third in the #93 Burco Electric Dodge Avenger with 259 points.

The Sky Financial Series race also finished up the season for the WSSL Super Late Model Division, who has points calculated out of the Sky Financial series races. Finishing at the top of the points chart for the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Model Division is #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Chevy of Rob Janzen with 259 points.

Second in WSSL Auto Parts SLM points is #12, the Saskatoon Co-op Chevy SS of Matthew Shirley with 249 points and in third, Kenny Heintz, driving the #62 Floorit Monte Carlo with 246 points.

Next weekend wraps up the race season at Wyant Group Raceway. Saturday will see the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Saskatoon Shrine Club Sask Legends, the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandoleros and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks running their championship points finals.

Sunday is destruction day, with the Annual Ultimate Enduro, Run-Your-Junk heats and feature, and finishing the day and season up with an old fashioned smash up, the Ultimate Demolition Derby.

Gates open both Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25 at 12:30, with racing action starting both days at 2:05pm. See you there!

Complete Results
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division
Heat:
1. #4 Shawn Magee
2. #41 Jim Barnsley
3. #23 Cole Nixey
4. #37 Scott Kozak
5. #7 Dylan Isley
6. #72 Riley Surcon
7. #77 Shawn Conarroe
8. #05 Darcy King

Qualifier:
1. #4 Shawn Magee
2. #41 Jim Barnsley
3. #23 Cole Nixey
4. #37 Scott Kozak
5. #7 Dylan Isley
6. #72 Riley Surcon
7. #05 Darcy King
8. #77 Shawn Conarroe

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature:
1. #4 Shawn Magee
2. #23 Cole Nixey
3. #41 Jim Barnsley
4. #7 Dylan Isley
5. #37 Scott Kozak
6. #72 Riley Surcon
7. #77 Shawn Conarroe
8. #05 Darcy King

Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Division
Heat Race:
1. #3 Craig Katelnikoff
2. #18 Mike Rea
3. #81 Curtis Houben
4. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
5. #63 Kevin McLaggen

Qualifier Race:
1. #81 Curtis Houben
2. #3 Craig Katelnikoff
3. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
4. #63 Kevin McLaggen
5. #18 Mike Rea

Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Feature:
1. #81 Curtis Houben
2. #63 Kevin McLaggen
3. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
4. #18 Mike Rea (BF)
5. #3 Craig Katelnikoff (BF)

Shell V-Power Sportsman Division
Heat A:
1. #28 Cale Siemens
2. #5 Kirk Senger
3. #42 Nicole Sheetka
4. #10 Dennis Laforce
5. #15 Dave McIntosh
6. #33 Ryan Thompson

Heat B:
1. #51x Nick Jewel
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #51 Matt Neufeld
4. #49 Ben Busch
5. #27 Rick Schurmanns
6. #01 Shania Laforce

Qualifier A:
1. #51x Nick Jewel
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #28 Cale Siemens
4. #51 Matt Neufeld
5. #5 Kirk Senger

Qualifier B:
1. #42 Nicole Sheetka
2. #27 Rick Schurmanns
3. #49 Ben Busch
4. #01 Shania Laforce
5. #15 Dave McIntosh
6. #10 Dennis Laforce

Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman Feature Race:
1. #51x Nick Jewel (TDQ)
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #42 Nicole Sheetka
4. #5 Kirk Senger
5. #10 Dennis Laforce (TDQ)
6. #01 Shania Laforce (TDQ)
7. #49 Ben Busch
8. #28 Cale Siemens
9. #15 Dave McIntosh
10. #27 Rick Schurmanns
11. #51 Matt Neufeld

Sky Financial Super Late Model Series:
Time Trials (seconds):
1. #17 Rob Janzen, 14.212
2. #55 Jim Gaunt, 14.203
3. #70 Trent Seidel, 14.319
4. #17x Trevor Emond, 14.379
5. #99 Dusty O’Connell, 14.421
6. #12 Matthew Shirley, 14.423
7. #10 Kevin Dyck, 14.431
8. #62 Kenny Heintz, 14.453
9. #97 Jared Reddekopp, 14.548
10. #9 Ian Admiraal, 14.634
11. #38 Dave Bone, 14.765
12. #12 Matthew Shirley, 14.899
13. #04 Tim Kammer, 15.138
14. #8 Andy Clewes, 15.239
15. #0 Tony Lambert, 15.472

Heat A:
1. #70 Trent Seidel
2. #10 Kevin Dyck
3. #17 Rob Janzen
4. #99 Dusty O’Connell
5. #38 Dave Bone
6. #04 Tim Kammer
7. #97 Jared Reddekopp
8. #0 Tony Lambert

Heat B:
1. #17x Trevor Emond
2. #62 Kenny Heintz
3. #55 Jim Gaunt
4. #12 Matthew Shirley
5. #9 Ian Admiraal
6. #12x Aaron Deagnon
7. #8 Andy Clewes

Sky Financial SLM Series Feature
DJB Transportation 150: (laps)
1. #70 Trent Seidel, 150
2. #17x Trevor Emond, 150
3. #55 Jim Gaunt, 150
4. #12 Matthew Shirley, 150
5. #9 Ian Admiraal, 150
6. #38 Dave Bone, 150
7. #99 Dusty O’Connell, 149
8. #17 Rob Janzen, 149
9. #62 Kenny Heintz, 149
10. #12x Aaron Deagnon, 149
11. #04 Tim Kammer, 148
12. #10 Kevin Dyck, 129 (accident)
13. #8 Andy Clewes, 1 (mechanical)
14. #97 Jared Reddekopp, 0 (engine)
15. #0 Tony Lambert, 0 (engine)

DJB Transportation 150 Race Stats:
Race time – on track: 52 minutes, 12 seconds Green Flag at 5:31pm, Checkered Flag at 6:09pm (47m 52s) Four Race Leaders – 12x, 9, 12 and 70 Three Lead Changes – #12x led lap 1-3, #9 led laps 4-18, #12 led laps 19-123, #70 led laps 124-150 (Finish)
2 cautions in laps 129 and 129
0 Caution laps counted, 15 not counted
Lucky Bastard Recipients: #38 Dave Bone. No LB on second caution as it was a restart.

Late Dino Drive Dumps Huskies

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In a defensive struggle that came down to the final minute, the No. 2 ranked University of Calgary Dinos escaped with a 20-19 win over the No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Niko DiFonte kicked what would be the game-winning field goal from 10-yards out with 40.8 seconds remaining on the clock. The Dinos marched the ball 101 yards on the game-winning drive after starting at their own six-yard line.

The win makes it nine in a row for Calgary over the Huskies with the last Saskatchewan win coming in 2010. The Dinos remain perfect on the season at 3-0, while the Huskies drop to 2-1.

The Huskies had taken the lead 19-16 with a little over seven minutes remaining on a Sean Stenger 20-yard field goal. Kyle Siemens connected with Julan Lynch on a long pass and run to set the Huskies up in the red zone.

“We played our hearts out, we did, we were good all night. We had to make a couple more plays,” said Huskie head coach Brian Towriss. “What we proved tonight, we can play with them. We can play with anybody in this conference. We have five (games) left and they’re going to be five great games.”

Both teams dug their heels in in the third quarter battling back and forth for field position in a scoreless frame. Calgary scored first in the fourth when Quentin Chown found the end zone on a four-yard scamper to move ahead 17-16.

Calgary hit the field running taking a 10-0 first quarter lead. DiFonte hit his first of two field goals in the game before Qunetin Chown punched in his first of two majors on the ground.

The Huskies got on the board in the second quarter with a 13-yard touchdown catch by Chad Braun. Sam Baker got into the end zone for his first CIS touchdown with under a minute to go in the half followed by a Sean Stenger rouge on the subsequent kickoff to give Saskatchewan a 16-10 halftime lead.

GAME DAY: Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. Calgary

Huskie Football Sunset

Saskatchewan (2-0) vs. Calgary (2-0)

WHEN: Friday Sept. 16/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW LIVE from the Rally Alley
FORECAST:  A Few Clouds, High 25.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Road 2-4 – 2016 2-0, Home 1-0
DINOS in 2015: 8-0, Road 4-0 – 2016 2-0, Road 1-0

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Nov. 7, 2015 – Calgary 37 – Saskatchewan 29 (at Calgary)
Oct. 16, 2015 – Calgary 44 – Saskatchewan 15 (at Saskatoon)
Oct. 3, 2015 – Calgary 59 – Saskatchewan 19 (at Calgary)

Huskies OFFENSE: Points 2 (70), RUSH 2 (204 YPG), PASS 4 (245 YPG), OVERALL 5 (449 YPG)

Ball control and balance are what the University of Saskatchewan Huskies are basing their offensive scheme as you can see from the numbers. However ball control has to equal major scores. Despite a win on the road in week two the Dogs offence continues to sputter in the Red Zone with a touchdown conversion rate of 25%. The Dogs need to get to the Dog House, so to speak, more often.

DINOS OFFENSE: Points 3 (58), RUSH 3 (191.5 YPG), PASS 3 (274.5 YPG), OVERALL 4 (466 YPG)

The Dinos have picked up right where they left off the regular season last week. Despite losing key veterans on the offensive line and at quarterback, Hec Creighton award winner Andrew Buckley, at running back and at receiver the Dinos continue to execute at an extremely high level with a lot of balance.

Another Top Dog In Canada West

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Noah Picton’s incredible start to the 2016 Canada West season continues.

The Regina Rams quarterback is the conference offensive player of the week for the second time in as many weeks, as the pivot led the Rams to their first win of the season with a record-setting performance.

Picton tossed for 499 yards and set school records for both completions (40) and attempts (60) in Regina’s 41-38 win over the Manitoba Bisons. The victory was Regina’s first since Nov. 1, 2014.

Through just two weeks, Picton now sits with 980 yards passing and eight passing touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Saskatchewan’s Spencer Krieger is the player of the week after recording a sack and a fumble recovery in the Huskies’ 29-17 win over the Alberta Golden Bears.

The defensive back helped Saskatchewan by limiting Alberta to 350 yards of total offence, as the Huskies improved to 2-0 on the season.

Winning special team honours this week is Calgary Dino Denzel Radford. The return man electrified more than 7,500 fans at McMahon Stadium in a rematch of last year’s Hardy Cup against UBC.

Radford’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter helped the Dinos to a convincing 35-8 win over the defending national champion Thunderbirds.

Week 3 of the Canada West football season opens this Friday, when the Manitoba Bisons welcome the Alberta Golden Bears to Investors Group Field (7 p.m. CT / Canadawest.tv) and the Huskies host the Dinos in Saskatoon at Griffiths Stadium (7 p.m. SK / Shaw, Access and Canadawest.tv).

Picton and the Rams wrap up the week with a west coast trip to take on UBC on Saturday, Sept. 17 (5 p.m. PT / Canadawest.tv).

OFFENCE: Noah Picton
Regina Rams
Quarterback
3rd-year
Regina, Sask.
Business Administration

Game log: Thursday, Sept. 8 – 40-for-60, 499 yards passing, 4 TD, 0 INT, 21 rushing yards and a rushing TD in 41-38 W vs. Manitoba.

After an incredible performance in a Week 1 loss at Saskatchewan, third-year quarterback Noah Picton managed to outdo himself in Week 2. He put up even more impressive numbers against No. 8-ranked Manitoba, and much more importantly led the Rams to a late come-from-behind win over the Bisons. Picton completed 40 of his 60 pass attempts to set school single-game records in both categories, finishing with a career-high 499 passing yards and matching his career high of four touchdown passes that he set last week.

Picton was brilliant in crunch time, going 11-for-13 for 143 yards in the game’s final five minutes while leading the Rams on two lengthy scoring drives – one he finished off himself with a one-yard plunge, and the other a nine-play, 104-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Schienbein that stood as the game-winning score.

Through two weeks, Picton is Canada West’s runaway leader in every passing statistic including completions (69), attempts (101), completion rate (68.3%), passing yards (980), and touchdown passes (8).

DEFENCE: Spencer Krieger
Saskatchewan Huskies
Defensive Back
5th-year
Saskatoon, Sask.
Business

Rain Won’t Cool Down WGR

Wyant Group Raceway

September is always an exciting month as the racing gets even more intense at the Wyant Group Raceway. Drivers know they are running out of time to get that elusive checkered flag, that extra few inches that will gain them a point or two, or sometimes, payback for something that happened four races ago.

The day started before 9:00am as street stock drivers and crews met at the A&W in Martensville to have breakfast and chat with race fans. The race cars sat on display as others from around the Valley area carefully moved their old Dodges and Chevys, Fords and even the odd Studebaker into place for Martensville’s annual Show & Shine.

By noon the race cars are packed up and on their way south, back to the raceway for an afternoon of fine tuning (sometimes with a sledge hammer). Drivers are not only looking for that extra tenth of a second, but they’re looking for things that will keep these street stocks from making it through their longest race of the year, 100 laps.

As it rolls around to race time, the weather is looking good and fans start rolling in for a night of exciting racing. The drivers are ready go. They have been tinkering with their toys all afternoon. But they have one goal in mind; their name forever etched on the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock Invitational trophy.

Second to hit the track, the number 1 of Scott Barrand surprised everyone laying down a lap of 16.098 seconds, tying the invitational track record set by Mike Schroeder last year, and claiming the local division track record spot from Craig Katelnikoff. Curtis Houben comes up second in qualifying at 16.207 seconds and Craig Katelnikoff wheels the #3 Firebird around for a third place qualify time of 16.258. The
#18 of Mike Rae rounded out the top four, who would face off in the trophy dash.

Mike Rae led the first lap of the trophy dash, but then it was Curtis Houben taking over and leading the rest of the way to the six lap checkered flag.

The remaining 10 cars were split into two heats. The finishing order of the trophy dash determined the top four spots in the starting grid for the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock 100. The first heat would determine the inside line behind them and the second heat the outside line.

Greg Vangool, driving Ryan Fredrickson’s #22 Camaro picked up the win in the first heat, followed by the #3D of Mike Dionne and #43 Eric McIntosh. The heat two win was claimed by #63 Kevin Mclaggen, followed by the #28 of Brennan Forseille and #66 of Wayne Osbourne.

So we now had our lineup set for the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock 100. But wait. One more wrinkle. We had earlier drawn an inversion of eight, so instead of Curtis Houben getting the pole start he was relegated back to the fourth row and the pole was handed to the
#28 of Brennan Forseille, with #3D Mike Dionne on the outside.

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Alberta

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Saskatchewan (1-0) vs. Alberta (0-1)

WHEN: Friday Sept. 9/16, 7pm
WHERE: Foote Field
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW
FORECAST:  Partly Cloudy. POP 20%. Wind SW 21 km/h. Temperature 17

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Road 2-4 – 2016 1-0, Road 0-0
BEARS in 2015: 2-6, Home 1-3 – 2016 0-1, Home 0-0

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 11/15 – Bears 38 – Huskies 26

Huskies OFFENSE: Points 1, RUSH 2 (202 Yards), PASS 2 (338 yards), OVERALL 2 (531 YPG)

The Huskie offense seemed to move the ball with ease in week one. The team was able to move the ball on the ground with Tyler Chow racking up 100 yards in the first half alone. Meanwhile, Kyle Siemens was in control throwing for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. The lone fly in the ointment for the Huskie offence was their red zone production coming away with only two majors in seven trips to the score zone.

BEARS OFFENSE: Points 4, RUSH 1 (312 yards), PASS 6 (197 yards), OVERALL 5

One of the most underrated players outside of the Alberta capital put on a show over the defending Vanier Cup champs in week one. Ed Ilnicki raced for 175 yards on the ground. In front of him his offensive line, that was rebuilding a year ago, seems to have taken a big step forward to power the Alberta offence.

Huskies 2 – Minute Drill – Ben Whiting – What I Did On My Summer Vacation

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As part of the Huskies Countdown To Kick-off this season on CJWW we will feature one Huskie athlete in a 2 minute drill of rapid fire questions.

In week one we spoke with Huskies Sophomore Linebacker Ben Whiting. Whiting’s off-season included a trip to China where he would win a gold medal in the World Under 19 Championship. He spoke of the experience as well as what consumed his time so much that he couldn’t get “into” Pokemon Go!

That and more in two frantic two minutes.

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Stenger Gets National Nod

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Regina quarterback Noah Picton, Concordia linebacker Samuel Bodrique and Saskatchewan kicker Sean Stenger are the CIS football players of the week for the period ending Sept. 5, 2016.

Picton, a third-year business administration student from Regina, was honoured on offence thanks to his record-setting performance in a 41-39 overtime loss to provincial rival Saskatchewan, last Friday in Saskatoon. Despite the disappointing result in the regular season opener for both teams, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound pivot put up mindboggling numbers, completing 29 of 41 passes for 471 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception, while also accounting for 80 percent of his team’s ground attack with 108 yards on only seven carries. The passing and rushing yard totals were both career highs for Picton, who became only the third quarterback in program history to eclipse 100 rushing yards in a CIS game. His 471 yards through the air are the third-highest single-game total in team annals, while his 579 yards of total offence rank second on the all-time U of R list.

Montreal quarterback Samuel Caron and Carleton running back Jayde Rowe were also up for the award.

Bodrique, a first-year finance student from Ste. Marthe-sur-le-lac, Que., took home the award on defence following his spectacular university debut in a 30-16 road win over McGill, last Friday night. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound freshman was simply dominant in the Stingers’ RSEQ opener as he finished with two interceptions for 93 return yards, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and five tackles. Bodrique snagged a pass from quarterback Nicolas English in the Concordia end zone in the first quarter, and then returned his second interception 81 yards to the McGill eight-yard line in the second stanza to set up a Stingers touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, he recovered a loose ball near midfield, a key play that led to the game-winning major on his team’s next series.

Linebackers Frank Renaud of Windsor and DJ Lalama of Manitoba were also nominated.

Stenger, a third-year engineering student from Saskatoon, was the choice on special teams after he recorded the game-tying and game-winning field goals in the Huskies’ 41-39 season-opening OT victory against Regina at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.