Monthly Archives: October 2016

Huskies Keep Home Play-off Alive: Cage Bears

The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies capped off the 2016 regular season with a 48-9 victory over the University of Alberta Golden Bears Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

The Huskies finish the Canada West schedule with a 5-3, having won their last three games of the season. The three game win streak is the longest for the green and white since 2012.

Saskatchewan will face the Calgary Dinos in the Hardy Cup semifinal next Saturday, but will have to wait until Saturday to find out whether the game will be played in Calgary or Saskatoon. The Dinos visit the UBC Thunderbirds to close their campaign. A Calgary loss would mean that Canada West post-season football would return to Saskatoon.

The Huskies dominated from the get go on Friday night. Chad Braun sparked the Huskies with a 58-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter. Sean Stenger added his first of five field goals on the night to put the Huskies up 10.

The defence made its presence felt in the second quarter. Brooks Falloon scooped up a fumble  on the first of back-to-back turnovers created by the defence. The Huskies stopped Alberta short on third down on its next possession. The offence went back to work with a touchdown plunge by Kolton Klassen and a pair of Stenger field goals to take a 23-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. Alberta

Saskatchewan (4-3 – 3rd) vs. Calgary Dinos (5-1 2st)

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 28/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW from the Rally Alley
FORECAST:  Cloudy Wind NW 9-17 km/h. Temperature Steady at +3.

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

HEAD to HEAD in 2016:            Sept. 9, 2016 – Saskatchewan 29 – Alberta 17( at Edmonton)

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


Huskies OFFENSE: Points 5 (213) RUSH 4 (148 YPG) PASS 5 (276.9 YPG) OVERALL 5 (424.9 YPG)

There is little doubt the impact that the return of injured receiver Mitch Hillis has had on the offence. However, it is much more than just his return. The offensive line has gotten healthy, other receivers are starting to find ways to get open and make plays AND Tyler Chow does not allow opposing defenses to make the Huskies single-faceted. The group is rolling and will need to continue to do so heading into the post season.

BEARS OFFENSE: Points 6 (146) RUSH 2 (183.7 YPG) PASS 6 (233.4 YPG) OVERALL 6 (417.1 YPG)

A look at the Bears offensive numbers show their reliance on the running game. The Bears dare you to load up the box, however, their inability to stretch the field through the air when the opposition has done that has been their detriment. The Bears will be looking to establish a ground game with a running back or their quarterback in order to open up the pass.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points 2 (196) Yds Allowed 3 (475 YPD), Pass 4 (331.7 YPG), Run 2 (143.3 YPG)

The defense has been overshadowed, perhaps,

Huskies Enter Top 10

The Laval Rouge et Or top the U Sports football national rankings for the second straight week, but the powerhouse from Quebec City still trails the No. 2-rankedMontreal Carabins by a slim margin in the RSEQ race heading into the final weekend of league play in La Belle Province.

Laval (6-1) earned 23 of 30 first-place votes – two more than a week ago – and 293 points in the latest Football Reporters of Canada poll, while archrival Montreal (6-1) merited five first-place nods and 273 points to remain comfortably in second position.

The remaining first-place votes went to the No. 3 Western Mustangs (7-1), who also held on to their previous spot thanks to a 243-point tally.

Rounding out the ninth Top 10 of the campaign are the No. 4 McMaster Marauders (6-2 / 155 points / up one position), No. 5 Calgary Dinos (5-2 / 153 / down one), No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (7-1 / 153 / up one), No. 7 Regina Rams (5-2 / 141 / up one), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (6-2 / 128 / down two), No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees (6-2 / 39 / no change), as well as the previously unranked Saskatchewan Huskies (4-3 / 36) at No. 10.

Laval and Montreal both dominated their penultimate regular season contest this past weekend, defeating Bishop’s 44-0 and Sherbrooke 30-5, respectively. First place in the RSEQ conference will be decided on Saturday when the Rouge et Or travel to Sherbrooke to face the Vert & Or (3-4) and the Carabins make the short trek to McGill to battle the Redmen (4-3).

Should both teams end up with identical records, points allowed will be used as the tie-breaker since the old foes were an even match in two head-to-head confrontations. Montreal currently holds a slim advantage in that department (72 vs. 77), and also holds a slight edge in the next tie-breaker, points scored (283 vs. 275).

In the OUA, the much-anticipated battle for first place, Saturday in London, lived up to the billing as Western beat McMaster 19-18 to earn a well-deserved bye in the first round of the conference playoffs.

The other first-round bye went to Laurier, which clinched second place ahead of McMaster thanks to a 38-9 defeat of Windsor. Carleton easily downed Waterloo 43-15 to finish fourth, while fifth-place Ottawa wrapped up league play with a thrilling 42-41 overtime win at Queen’s.

In Canada West, Regina is back in the driver’s seat following a 35-33 home win over UBC combined to a Saskatchewan upset of Calgary, 38-35. The Rams and Dinos both sit at 5-2 heading into their final conference games but Regina holds the tie-breaker thanks to a 32-27 head-to-head victory on Sept. 23.

The Week 10 schedule is highlighted by the start of the OUA playoffs and the end of the regular schedule in the three other conferences.

Huskies Post-Season Bound

The Saskatchewan Huskies took full advantage of their opportunities Saturday afternoon, handing the fourth-ranked Calgary Dinos their first on-field regular season home loss in more than six years with a 38-35 triumph at McMahon Stadium.

The loss snaps a nine-game win streak for the Dinos over Saskatchewan and was the first regular season defeat at home since the first game of the 2010 season, notwithstanding a forfeit in early 2014. The loss drops the Dinos to 5-2 on the year with one game to play, while Saskatchewan improves to 4-3, clinching a playoff spot.
Kyle Siemens completed 25 of 38 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies in a back-and-forth game that got more interesting than it maybe should have been down the stretch.

On the final play of the third quarter, Siemens ran in a one-yard touchdown following a 62-yard passing play to Chad Braun on which the Dinos were unable to overcome sloppy tackling – a theme to the contest. A roughing the passer was tacked on – orange nylon being another theme – to set up the ball on the one-yard line, and Siemens’ TD gave Saskatchewan the lead at 23-22.

Through the next 10 minutes, the Huskies found the end zone twice more thanks to a nine-play, 78-yard drive capped off by Tyler Chow’s five-yard run, with Chow scoring a one-yard TD on Saskatchewan’s next possession. That TD, however, was a field goal until an unnecessary roughness penalty on Calgary with Sean Stenger out to split the uprights turned third down into first and Chow waltzed in.

That four-point swing would come back to hurt the Dinos as the game turned wild in the final three minutes. After a two-and-out, a Calgary punt was mishandled by Braun and recovered by Denzel Radford, setting up a one-yard toss from Adam Sinagra to Anthony Anderson to pull the Dinos closer. The two-point convert attempt failed, making it 38-28 with two minutes to play.

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Calgary

Saskatchewan (3-3 – T 3rd) vs. Calgary Dinos (5-1 2st)

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 22/16, 2pm
WHERE: McMahon Stadium
FORECAST:  Mainly Sunny. Wind NE 15-27. 11-degrees.

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

HEAD to HEAD in 2016:            Sept. 16, 2016 – Calgary 20 – Saskatchewan 19 (at Saskatoon)

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 5 (175) RUSH 3 (154.2 YPG) PASS 5 (263.2 YPG) OVERALL 5 (417.3 YPG)

Nothing to Mitch about with the offence after a solid performance in week 6 against UBC!. Mitch Hillis’ return to the line-up (10 catches 175 yards) restored the Dogs swagger and gave them the big play that they have been searching for seemingly all season. They will need to continue to limit mistakes and control the line of scrimmage in Calgary if they want to end a 10 game losing streak against the Dinos.

DINOS OFFENSE: Points 1 (218) RUSH 1 (205.3 YPG) PASS 3 (333.5 YPG) OVERALL 1 (538.8 YPG)

Running away with it? Calgary’s offense has long been a quick strike big play by big play-makers style of offence. This season the Dinos have shown some extreme patience in moving the ball and taking what the defense gives you. Will they remain that patient with a possible new quarterback in Adam Sinagra under centre?

Huskies DEFENSE: Points 2 (161) Yds Allowed 4 (499.3 YPD), Pass 6 (348.7 YPG), Run 3 (150.7 YPG)

Picking their poison;

Hats Off to Hillis

Mitch Hillis made the most of his return to the Saskatchewan Huskies lineup, while Calgary’s Jack McEwen and Alberta’s Brent Arthur also had big games over the weekend, as the trio were named Canada West football players of the week Monday.

Hillis, who missed the last three games with injury, made a big impact for Saskatchewan in his return, racking up 175 receiving yards on 10 receptions. The Saskatoon, Sask. native hauled in a pair of touchdowns in the Huskies’ 40-10 win over the No. 10 UBC Thunderbirds to claim the conference offensive player of the week award.

On the opposite side of the ball, Calgary defensive lineman Jack McEwen is the conference player of the week after registering 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a 63-6 win over the Manitoba Bisons.

McEwen’s performance helped push the No. 5 Dinos to 5-1 on the season and into sole possession of first place with just two weeks left in the regular season.

Rounding out the players of the week is Alberta’s Brent Arthur, who kicked the Bears to their first win of the season on Saturday, with a surprising 19-18 win over the No. 4-ranked Regina Rams.

The Alberta kicker was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, including his 26-yard game winner with just 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Arthur’s honour makes him the first winner of a weekly award this season for the Golden Bears.

Dinos-Huskies set to clash on Shaw

Canada West, the N8 Group and Shaw are pleased to announce that this weekend’s Saskatchewan Huskies-Calgary Dinos game from McMahon Stadium (Sat., Oct. 22 / 1 p.m. MT) will be the Krown Produce Canada West Football Game of the Week.

Huskies Blast T-Birds On Blackout Night

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies reasserted themselves as a playoff contender Friday night with a 40-10 win over the No. 10 ranked UBC Thunderbirds.

The Huskies tallied 494 yards of total offense, including 350 through the air while shutting out the reigning Vanier Cup champions in the second half to improve to 3-3 on the season. With the win in the lone meeting between the two schools, Saskatchewan leap frogs UBC (3-3) in the standings and will hold the tiebreaker, if necessary.

“We put ourselves back in the hunt,” said Huskie head coach Brian Towriss. “We still control our own destiny. Full marks to our guys, they played really, really well.”

Kyle Siemens led the charge for the Huskies with 346 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Siemens was good on 24 of his 38 passes on the night. Mitch Hillis was Siemens’ favourite target in his first game back from injury hauling in 10 passes for 175 yards and a pair of scores. Jarvis James rushed for 66-yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Huskies get out to an early lead.

“He (Mitch) broke the game wide open,” Towriss added about his fourth year receiver Mitch Hills. “His two touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter really broke it open for us, it was great to see.”

Saskatchewan got off to a strong start on a cold and blustery night in Saskatoon where winds were gusting over 60 km/h. The Huskies marched the field on their opening drive that was capped off by a Jarvis James one-yard plunge. The Huskies would lead all the way to the finish.

The T-Birds were able to find their rhythm before the first quarter was out, driving the length of the field before settling for a Greg Hutchins 20-yard field goal.

Saskatchewan answered back in the second quarter with a Sean Stenger field goal and a James eight-yard rushing major to go ahead 17-3.

UBC found the end zone for the first time when Michael O’Connor, who took a big hit on the play, got the ball off just in time to Trivel Pinto for a 20-yard touchdown.

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. UBC

Saskatchewan (2-3 – T 4th) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (3-2 3rd)

WHEN: Friday Oct. 14/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
FORECAST:  Partly Cloudy. Wind NW 20-40. Temperature 4-degrees.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Home 1-3 – 2016 2-3, Home 1-1
THUNDERBIRDS in 2015: 6-2, Road 3-1  – 2016 3-2, Road 1-1

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 25- Saskatchewan 45 – UBC 29 (at Vancouver)
Oct. 23 – UBC 41 – Saskatchewan 36 (at Saskatoon)
Huskies OFFENSE: Points 5 (135) RUSH 3 (154.8 YPG) PASS 5 (245.8 YPG) OVERALL 5 (400.6 YPG)

They say that it’s not how you start but how you finish… Well for the Dogs it could very well be about the start this week. The Huskies have not scored first in a game this season and have been outscored 34-15 in first Quarters. Additionally, starting the second half hasn’t been kind for the Dogs as the Huskies have been outscored 38-12 in third quarters.

T-BIRDS OFFENSE: Points 2 (172) RUSH 5 (134.4 YPG) PASS 3 (338.6 YPG) OVERALL 4 (473.0 YPG)

The Thunderbirds seem to have finally taken flight scoring 115 points in their last two games; wins over Manitoba and Alberta. UBC’s Trivel Pinto is coming off a game for the ages catching 10 passes for 244 yards and 3 TDs a week ago. He will look to feast on a Huskie defense that has been prone to give up the big play.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points 5 (151) Yds Allowed 6 (515.6 YPD), Pass 6 (372.2 YPG), Run 2 (143.4 YPG)

It’s been a case of two steps forward and one step back for the Dogs defense. The Huskies continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball but their penchant to giving up a big play at a bad time has put themselves behind the eight ball.

Rams Buck Huskies At New Mosaic Opener

In the opening game of the Queen City’s new crown jewel, the Regina Rams didn’t disappoint. 

With a Canada West record crowd of 16,500 in attendance to take in the first game at new Mosaic Stadium, the Rams proved yet again their turnaround season is for real, as the home team earned a 37-29 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Played at the city’s new $278-million football cathedral, Regina’s move from worst to first is showing no signs of slowing down this season, as the No. 4-ranked team in the nation improved to 4-1.

The Huskies, on the other hand, dropped their third consecutive game, falling to 2-3 in the process and out of the conference playoff picture heading into the upcoming bye week.

With Regina continuing to add to the win column, there’s no question something special is brewing for the Rams, who went 0-8 last season, but have since been reinvented by first-year head coach Steve Bryce.

Putting on a show in front of the biggest crowd in conference history made the win that much sweeter for the conference frontrunners. 

“We wanted to kick this building off appropriately with a Rams win and we wanted to attract a really good home crowd and show them what we’re all about. I think we did that,” said Bryce moments after the win.

“I told the guys at halftime that you’re creating memories that you’re going to be telling your grandkids about.” 

Billed the biggest game in program history since the Rams joined Canada West in 1999 – thanks in large part to the historic stadium opening – Regina stayed true to form, putting up the majority of their 454 yards of offence through the air. 

Conference passing leader Noah Picton went 29-of-42 for 370 yards and four touchdowns, including an historic 11-yard TD pass to Ryan Schienbein at the 7:26 mark of the first quarter to post the first points in stadium history.

The catch was just part of a big day for Schienbein, who led all receivers with 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Along with Schienbein, Mitchell Picton played a key role for the Rams and their potent aerial attack.

The hometown slotback hauled in a pair of touchdowns in a span of less than two minutes late in the first half, as Regina took a 24-18 lead into the locker room, following a Sean Stenger field goal for Saskatchewan. 

Offensively for the Huskies, Tyler Chow led the Huskies with 100 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a late major in the fourth quarter that cut the Rams lead to 37-28 and gave the visitors a glimmer of hope. 

Chow’s second major of the day, however, came with just 3:41 to play in the game and proved too little too late, as the closing moments provided some intrigue, but nothing in the way of lead changes.