Huskies Greco Top Dog in Canada West

The Calgary Dinos capped off a perfect 8-0 regular season Saturday with a convincing 64-28 win over the Alberta Golden Bears and as usual, quarterback Andrew Buckley and kicker Johnny Mark played starring roles.

Thanks to their efforts over the weekend, Buckley and Mark are the Canada West offensive and special teams players of the week respectively, while Saskatchewan Huskies defensive back Vince Greco took home the Week 8 defensive award.

Buckley, who tossed 463 yards against Alberta to end the regular season with 3,162 passing yards and set a new CIS single-season passing record, has now won the offensive player of the week award four of eight weeks.

Along with Buckley, Mark has also won his respective conference award four times, after adding to his own CIS career records for points (535) and field goals (91) in Calgary’s league finale.

For his part Greco completed his rookie Canada West regular season in style with an interception and fumble recovery in Saskatchewan’s thrilling 38-37 win over the Regina Rams. The victory kept the Huskies playoff hopes alive, with Alberta’s Saturday loss officially sending the Sled Dogs to the Hardy Cup Playoffs.

All three weekly award winners are in action Saturday, November 7, as the Road to the 79th Hardy Cup opens with Saskatchewan heading to the Stampede City to take on the Dinos.

UBC and Manitoba are also in action, as they kick things off Saturday at 12 p.m. PT (2 p.m. CT) with a national television audience tuning is, with the game broadcast live on Global. Calgary and Saskatchewan can be seen exclusively on Canadawest.tv, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. MT (2 p.m. CT).

OFFENCE – Andrew Buckley
Calgary Dinos
Quarterback
6-0, 201, 5th year
Calgary, AB

Playing in the final conference game of his brilliant U of C career, Buckley passed for 463 yards, including a mind-boggling 410 in the first half, to set a new CIS single-season record with 3,162.

Needing 437 yards on the day to shatter the previous national standard of 3,136 yards set last Saturday by Ottawa’s Derek Wendel, the reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner moved past Wendel with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Rashaun Simonise 93 seconds into the third quarter, and was taken out of the game after the scoring play which made it 41-7 Dinos.

Buckley, who was selected by his hometown Calgary Stampeders in the seventh round of the 2015 CFL draft, ended up completing 20 of 27 passes for three touchdowns and his first interception of the season to finish the campaign with a remarkable 19-1 TD-to-interception ratio and a Canada West-record 72.0% completion percentage (177 of 246).

DEFENCE – Vince Greco
Saskatchewan Huskies
Defensive back
5-10,1st-year
Calgary, AB

First-year University of Saskatchewan defensive back Vince Greco did his part to keep the Saskatchewan Huskies’ playoff hopes alive with a two turnover performance in Friday night’s 38-37 win over Regina.

The Calgary, Alta. native recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter, returning it to the Regina 22-yard line. The turnover set up a Huskie touchdown, fuelling the Saskatchewan comeback effort.

On the final play of the game, Greco was there to end any chance of last second heroics by the Rams, intercepting Noah Picton’s pass as time expired. Greco added 5.5 tackles from his defensive back position.

SPECIAL TEAMS – Johnny Mark
Calgary Dinos
Kicker
6-8, 185, 5th-year
Peterborough, ON

Mark, playing in his final conference game, kicked four field goals to tie the CIS single-season record of 26 established a year ago by Guelph’s Daniel Ferraro. The 2014 CFL draft pick matched Ferraro’s standard thanks to a 39-yarder with 4:19 left in the contest.

With 19 points against the Bears, the native of Peterborough, Ont., also set a CIS season mark for kickers with 144 points, breaking the previous record of 130 set two years ago by Western’s Lirim Hajrullahu.

Mark’s 144 points are good for a tie for third place on the overall CIS list, trailing only the 150 points by StFX’s running back Paul Brule in 1967 and the 148 points by Ottawa running back and kicker Neil Lumsden in 1975.

Mark also added to his own CIS career records for points (535) and field goals (91) in Calgary’s league finale.