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Huskie Season Comes To A Halt In Calgary

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The University of Calgary Dinos are headed to the Hardy Cup for the ninth consecutive year following a 47-17 semifinal win over the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.

The Dinos will face the winner of the other Canada West semifinal between Regina and UBC in the 80th Hardy Cup game next Saturday at 1 p.m. local, live on Shaw TV. Should Regina win, the game will be at Mosaic Stadium, while a UBC victory would result in a rematch of last year’s conference championship at McMahon Stadium.

Calgary ended the Huskies’ season for the second year in row thanks to a full team effort that got contributions from all three facets as the Dinos rattled off 40 unanswered points after going down 8-0 to start the game.

“We have a lot of work still to do – there were some mistakes in this game we still have to fix – but the effort, energy, and the enthusiasm our guys played with was sure exciting to watch,” said Dinos head coach Wayne Harris. “They gave us everything they had today. All three phases of the game produced points, and you usually get a favourable outcome when that’s the case. Again, it just comes back to effort, and the energy those big plays provided lifted the rest of the team.”

The two teams got things going offensively in the second quarter after both suffered from miscues in the first 15 minutes. Tyler Chow’s two-yard TD run early in the second quarter put the Huskies up 8-0.

Huskie Handbook – Play-off Edition

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Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Calgary
Saskatchewan (5-3 – 3rd) vs. Calgary Dinos (6-2 2nd)

WHEN: Saturday Nov. 6/16, 12pm
WHERE: McMahon Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 11am on CJWW
FORECAST:  Mainly Sunny. Wind SW 20-29. Temperature 18.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Home 2-2 – 2016 5-3, Road 2-2
DINOS in 2015: 8-0, Home 4-0  – 2016 6-2, Home 3-1

HEAD to HEAD in 2016:            Oct. 22, 2016 – Saskatchewan 38 – Calgary 35 (at Calgary)
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 4 (261) RUSH 3 (157.4 YPG) PASS 5 (277.0 YPG) OVERALL 5 (434.4 YPG)

The lone statistical category that the Huskie offence leads Canada West in is time of possession. That is key. The Saskatchewan offence is meticulous and can pick a defence a part. Content with what the opposition gives them is the name of the game for Scott Fory’s crew. In addition, the group is getting big plays at big times which has given them the edge on their opposition.

 

DINOS OFFENSE: Points 1 (294) RUSH 1 (195.9 YPG) PASS 4 (311.5 YPG) OVERALL 2 (507.4 YPG)

There may be a number of moving parts for the Dinos offense with a lot of banged up bodies along the offensive line and Quarterback Adam Sinagra only starting his 3rd CIS game. With that being said the sophomore out of Quebec has done a nice job in managing the game, no interceptions in his three starts. Meantime Bryce Harper has done a good job of running the ball and blocking out of his tailback spot. If Calgary can force the ball downfield they will win the battle.

 

Handful Of Huskies Get All-Star Nod – AUDIO

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Five University of Saskatchewan Huskie football players were named Canada West all-stars on Thursday. You can hear Head Coach Brian Towriss’ thoughts on his All-Stars at the bottom of the page.

Kicker Sean Stenger, running back Tyler Chow, receiver Mitch Hillis, defensive lineman Donovan Dale and offensive tackle Evan Johnson were all honoured for their performance in the 2016 season.

Stenger, a unanimous selection at both punter and place kicker, enjoyed a record-breaking season. The third-year Engineering student set a Huskie single season benchmark with 22 field goals in eight games. Scoring 92 points, he added 2,372 yards on 63 punts. He was twice named Canada West and U Sports Special Teams Player of the Week for hitting six field goals in a game.

Chow, a third-year running back from Calgary, averaged 103 yards per game. He recorded seven touchdowns on 127 carries for 828 yards in the season.

A fourth-year Engineering student from Regina, Johnson, played in all eight games for the Huskies on the offensive line and helped the offence to average 32.6 points per game and 434 yards per game.

Only playing in six games in 2016 due to injury, Hillis tallied 423 yards on 35 catches. The fourth-year Engineering student and all-star and all-canadian from one year ago scored three touchdowns.

The lone all-star on defence, Dale, a Graduate Students student, recorded 24 tackles, three sacks and one interceptions in his final year of eligibility.  The 2016 all-star selection (two with UBC Thunderbirds) was Dale’s fourth of his career.

The Huskies travel to Calgary to meet the Dinos in a Hardy Cup semifinal Saturday at 12 p.m.

 

2016 Canada West Football All-Stars

Huskies Stenger Gets A Kick Out of Canada West

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Following his record-breaking weekend, Regina Rams quarterback Noah Picton is the Canada West Offensive Player of the Week after finishing the season with 3,174 passing yards.

The third-year pivot tossed 447 passing yards against the Manitoba Bisons to break the Canada West and U Sports single-season passing yards record of 3,162, set only last season by former Calgary Dinos quarterback and current Calgary Stampeders pivot Andrew Buckley.

Picton, who went 27-for-39 in the regular season finale against Manitoba, helped lead the Rams to a 55-21 win over the Bisons and a 6-2 regular season record, as Regina topped the Canada West regular season standings for the first time in program history.

The Regina native set the single-season passing mark in fitting fashion, tossing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Atlee Simon midway through the third quarter on his final pass of the regular season, before getting the remainder of the game off.

Also earning player of the week honours from the Rams was defensive tackle Nicholas Dheilly, who takes home the defensive award following an interception and a pair of tackles for loss.

Dheilly, who took over as a starter for Regina midway through the season, finished the 2016 regular season tied for second in the conference in sacks and tackles for loss with four and 7.5 respectively.

Regina will now host the UBC Thunderbirds in a Hardy Cup semifinal on Saturday, November 5 at Mosaic Stadium (3:30 p.m. SK).

On the special teams side of the ball, Saskatchewan’s Sean Stenger finished the season in fine form with a 6-for-6 field goal performance in the Huskies’ 48-9 win over the Alberta Golden Bears. Stenger’s 22 field goals on the season set a new single-season mark for the Huskies.

Saskatchewan, who finished 5-3 on the season, head to Calgary this weekend to take on the Dinos in the Hardy Cup semis (12 p.m. MT / McMahon Stadium).

Huskies Keep Home Play-off Alive: Cage Bears

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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

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

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 28/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
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

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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

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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

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

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 22/16, 2pm
WHERE: McMahon Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 1pm on CJWW
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

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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.