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Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Alberta

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

WHEN: Friday Sept. 9/16, 7pm
WHERE: Foote Field
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

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.

To hear all about it

Stenger Gets National Nod

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.

Stenger Boots His Way To Honour

After a wild double-overtime game that saw a combined 80 points scored, the Regina Rams and Saskatchewan Huskies headline this week’s Canada West football weekly awards.

Regina quarterback Noah Picton is the conference offensive player of the week after becoming just the second player in program history to throw for more than 400 yards, while also rushing for more than 100 in a single game.

On special teams, overtime hero Sean Stenger from Saskatchewan is the player of the week after accounting for 23 of the Huskies’ 41 points, including the game-tying and game-winning field goals.

Defensively, Manitoba’s DJ Lalama is the player of the week after setting a Bisons record for tackles in a game with 14. That total broke Teague Sherman’s record of 13, set back in 2012.

Week 2 of the Canada West football season opens this Thursday, when the Bisons head to Regina to take on the Rams (7 p.m. SK).

Huskies Salute The Troops And Their Kicker On The Way To A Win

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies opened their season with a dramatic win Friday night at Griffiths Stadium.

The Dogs needed a last second field-goal from Sean Stenger in regulation to tie the game to send it to overtime. Then in the second mini-game the Dogs needed Stenger to come through again to kick the game winner for a 41-39 win over their arch rivals from Regina.

The evening opened with fireworks and a flyover from two F-18s as it was Salute Our Troops night at the ballpark and it wasn’t long after that Regina would answer with an offensive burst of their own. Quarterback Noah Picton, on a QB sneak on third down would bounce off the line and into the open and scamper for 46 yards to set up a 4-yard run for Atlee Simon to open the scoring. (7-0 Regina)

The Huskies would answer on their next drive moving the ball to the Regina nine but their drive would stall forcing a 16 yard field goal attempt for Stenger. His kick would curl wide and the Dogs would have to settle for the single point. (Regina 7 – Saskatchewan 1)

The Huskie offence would put together a nice drive the next time they would touch the ball, late in the first quarter, but again it would stall. So, on the first play of the second quarter Stenger would connect on a 35 yard field goal to draw the Dogs closer. (Rams 7 – SK 4)

The dogs defence

GAME DAY: Huskie Handbook vs. Rams

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. Regina
Saskatchewan (0-0) vs. Regina (0-0)

WHEN: Friday Sept. 2/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
PREGAME: 6pm Rally Alley on CJWW

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Home 1-4
RAMS in 2015: 0-8, Road 0-4

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 18/15 – Huskies 33 – Rams 18
Oct. 30/15 – Huskies 38 – Rams 37


Huskies OFFENSE: Points 4, RUSH 6, PASS 2 OVERALL 3

Quarterbacks Drew Burko and Kyle Siemens combined for 2,824 yards through the air for 15 TDs in 2015. Their favorite target was Mitch Hillis who lead the conference in receptions with 66 and was second in yards with 1052. On the ground, despite only suiting up for six game Tyler Chow was third in the conference with 96.8 yards per game.

Riders Add National Pivot

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national quarterback Brandon Bridge. As per team policy, details of the contract were not released.

Bridge (6’5 – 225) is currently in his second CFL season after being selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the 4th round (31st overall) of the 2015 CFL Draft. Last season, the 24-year-old dressed for 11 regular season games completing 26 of 40 pass attempts (65.0%) for 282 yards and two touchdowns while adding 18 carries for 59 yards. The University of South Alabama product dressed for four 2016 games for the Al’s registering three carries for two yards.

Huskies Set To Go Camping

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team’s quest for the 2016 Vanier Cup begins this weekend as the team opens fall camp at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

All fans, supporters and alumni are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp that runs August 13 to August 26. The camp will feature more than 90 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.

The Huskies will travel to Edmonton for a controlled scrimmage with the Alberta Golden Bears on August 20th.

Saskatchewan begins the Canada West regular season on September 2 hosting bitter provincial rival the Regina Rams at 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Season tickets  and individual tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 306-966-1111 or visit

Be A Part Of History Today – New Moasic Tickets On Sale Today

Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday morning for the SaskTel Fall Classic, a Canada West clash between the University of Regina Rams and the Saskatchewan Huskies on Oct. 1 that will be the first football game played at the new Mosaic Stadium.

Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday at 10 a.m. through, the Rams administration office (306-585-5480),,, and in person or via phone through the Saskatchewan Roughriders box office (1-888-4-RIDERS).

“There’s been a lot of interest in both flex packages and single-game tickets for this game,” said Chris Briltz, director for the Rams. “With attendance limited to 16,500 for this game, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of history at the first game in the new stadium.”

The Rams are extremely pleased to have SaskTel recently come aboard as the major sponsor for the game.

“SaskTel is a long-time supporter of both the University of Regina Rams and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, so we are especially pleased to be able to be the title sponsor for the SaskTel Fall Classic,” said Darcee MacFarlane, SaskTel’s vice president of corporate relations.

Flex packages remain on sale at $80 each and include five adult tickets (one exclusively for the SaskTel Fall Classic and four which can be used interchangeably for any of the other three home games), eight child tickets (can be used for any of the Sept. 8, Sept. 23, or Oct. 21 home games), entry into the Football Dream Trip draw, and the immediate ability to purchase up to three additional tickets for the SaskTel Fall Classic.

ReCapping Canada’s Win At The Worlds

Canada and the U.S. have faced one another in each of the first four U19 World Championship finals.

With a victory in the latest installment, Canada has evened up its U19 World Championship finals record at two wins and two losses. Canada previous captured gold at the 2012 worlds in Austin, Texas to go along with a pair of silver medals from the inaugural 2009 event in Canton, Ohio as well as the 2014 edition in Kuwait.

The latest win also marks outgoing head coach Warren Craney’s final game as head of the program. Craney served as defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2012, before first adding the head coach responsibilities in preparation for the 2014 worlds.

“I’m very proud of these men, they overcame a lot and worked their butts off!” said Craney of this team which faced both Mexico and the U.S., the defending bronze and gold medalist, twice during tournament play. “They executed the game plan to perfection.”

The win is even more impressive considering that early on, Canada looked to be in serious trouble.

Following a failed Vincent Blanchard field goal from the 32-yard line, quarterback Lindell Stone found a wide open U.S. receiver down the sideline, however, linebacker Nick Cross (Regina, SK) had other ideas. He neutralized the threat as he forced and recovered a U.S. fumble at the Canada 24-yard line.