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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.

To hear all about it

Stenger Gets National Nod

Sean Stenger

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

Sean Stenger

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

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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 Football Sunset

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

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

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.

Emotional Night Emotional Winner at WGR

Wyant Group Raceway

A terrific crowd was on hand for a warm Saturday evening of hot racing at Wyant Group Raceway. Three local divisions joined the Sky Financial Super Late Model Series for some edge of your seat racing. The Sky Financial Series topped off the evening with 150 exciting laps in the Mark McGregor Memorial Dairy Queen 150.

Blake Erb piled onto his points lead in the Saskatoon Shrine Club Legends. Erb’s #21 Flaman Group 1934 Ford Coupe took the top spot in qualifying, heat race and the feature. AJ Morrison, in the #84 Mark’s Auto Body Ford Coupe picked up the qualifier race win and third in the feature. Jody Stewart picked up second in the Legends feature in his
#27 Country Style BBQ Ford Couple.

In the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandolero division, #47 Cale Heilman had a great night, picking up wins in the heat and the feature. #14 Ty Stewart took the qualifier win, while the #20 of Caiden Willey and #33 of Jasmine Speidel followed Heilman across the finish in the feature.

Points leader Curtis Houben had a close call in the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks. He blew the transmission in his #81 RPM Camaro, putting any chance at the championship in jeopardy. However, he was able to get his replacement car in and safety tech’d before registration closed. He would have to start at the back all night as this was not the car that qualified for the starting positions, but he was only in maintenance mode of his points lead.