CIS Football Report (Week 2)

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The Laval Rouge et Or have been ranked #1 since week 2 in 2010 and took this ranking all the way to the Vanier Cup. They were undefeated all last year and have continued this trend into the 2011 season as they have now started 2-0. In week two the Rouge et Or were anything but as they wore their all black uniforms to take on their rivals from down Highway 40 the Montreal Carabins. The Carabins and Rouge et Or represent the two major cities in Quebec as Laval is based in Quebec City. They have also created a rivalry through their play as Laval has remained the top team in the CIS while Montreal is regularly among the Top 10 but struggles against their rival. On Saturday the two faced off again as Montreal attempted to knock Laval off of their top spot in the RSEQ. The game started as the last few games have with Laval just out doing the Carabins getting out to a 3-0 lead to open the scoring and then earned an interception for a TD off of Montreal QB Yan Cyr. Going into the second the lead had increased to 10-0 until Montreal went on a 65-yard march down the field that ended with a one-yard run by new Montreal QB Nadeau-Piuze. The Carabins then stuff Laval and took the lead with a 29-yard pass to Felix Prevost as Montreal took the lead 14-10. Laval seemed to take the momentum as the half ended when RB Rene Levesque ran it in with a one-yard dive. From then on the Rouge et Or shut down the game as the second half featured only one score when Laval QB Bruno Prud’homme sent a pass to Guillaume Rioux to go ahead for good 24-10. Laval escaped an early scare as Montreal seems to be able to catch them off guard almost every time they play but as usual the Rouge et Or were able to escape a loss and assert their dominance in the RSEQ. Montreal dropped to 1-1 as there are now only two undefeated teams in the Quebec league and may only have one by the end of the year. The rest of the RSEQ essentially stayed the same with Sherbrooke (2-0) winning again and McGill (0-2) and Bishop’s (0-2) remaining at the bottom of the league. The one big surprise in the CIS was in the OUA as, a team that many had written off, were able to get another win.

The Windsor Lancers were not expected to do much but so far have changed everyone’s mind as they have been able to get out to a 2-0 record. On Saturday the Lancers faced off against the #8 Laurier Golden Hawks as they were expected to lose. The Lancers did not listen as they were able to hang in to the game just long enough to mount a great comeback. The final dagger came on a play that can only be done in Canadian football as Windsor’s punter Dan Cerino kicked the ball enough to earn the Lancers a rouge in the last second of the game. This gave them the 41-40 win as they beat a ranked team and moved to the top of the OUA with a 2-0 record. The rest of the OUA was in full swing as well, as two ranked teams faced off in Hamilton when the #2 Western Mustangs took on the #3 McMaster Marauders. The Mustangs were able to dominate the Marauders and prove that they are the team to beat in the OUA. The CanWest conference was also in full swing as Saskatchewan faced their provincial rivals as they easily got past the Regina Rams 33-10. The Calgary Dinos joined Saskatchewan at the top with a 2-0 record as they were able to beat the UBC Thunderbirds. The AUS got underway as Acadia and Saint Mary’s came out on top starting their seasons at 1-0 while the Mounties and X-Men started off bad losing their openers. The AUS will go on to start their inter-conference tour as they will face off against the RSEQ teams. Next week will provide more drama as we see if Laval and Western can remain on top of the rankings and remain undefeated.

CIS Top 10:

1. Laval Rouge et Or (1)

2. Western Mustangs (2)

3. Calgary Dinos (4)

4. Saskatchewan Huskies (5)

5. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (7)

6. Montreal Carabins (6)

7. McMaster Marauders (3)

8. Saint Mary’s Huskies (9)

9. Ottawa Gee Gees (–)

10. Windsor Lancers (–)

Key Results:

Western Mustangs 48 vs. 21 McMaster Marauders

– The #2 Western Mustangs handled the #3 McMaster Marauders as they solidified their spot as the #2 team in Canada

Windsor Lancers 41 vs. 40 Laurier Golden Hawks

– The unranked Windsor Lancers went to 2-0 against the #8 Laurier Golden Hawks as they made a bid to crack the top 10

Key Matchups:

Ottawa Gee Gees vs. Western Mustangs (Sept. 17th; 1:00 pm ET)

– In a rematch of last year’s Yates Cup Finals the #2 Western Mustangs look to keep their strong season going

Laval Rouge et Or vs. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (Sept. 17th; 7:00 pm ET)

– The RSEQ Rivals face off as Sherbrooke looks to take away Laval’s #1 ranking and take away their lead in the RSEQ Standings




1. Acadia Axemen (1-0)

2. Saint Mary’s Huskies (1-0)

3. Mount Allison Mounties (0-1)

4. StFX X-Men (0-1)


1. Calgary Dinos (2-0)

2. Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0)

3. Manitoba Bisons (1-1)

4. UBC Thunderbirds (1-1)

5. Alberta Golden Bears (0-2)

6. Regina Rams (0-2)


1. Laval Rouge et Or (2-0)

2. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (2-0)

3. Concordia Stingers (1-1)

4. Montreal Carabins (1-1)

5. Bishop’s Gaitors (0-2)

6. McGill Redmen (0-2)


1. Ottawa Gee Gees (2-0)

2. Western Mustangs (2-0)

3. Windsor Lancers (2-0)

4. Guelph Gryphons (1-1)

5. Laurier Golden Hawks (1-1)

6. McMaster Marauders (1-1)

7. Toronto Varsity Blues (1-1)

8. Queen’s Golden Gaels (0-2)

9. Waterloo Warriors (0-2)

10. York Lions (0-2)

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