CIS Football Report (Week 4)

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The CIS did not change much this week but there were some big developments in the top teams throughout the weekend. Both Western and Laval were in action on the weekend as they looked to maintain their #1 and #2 ranking in the CIS. It should have been generally an easy week for the top two teams as the Mustangs faced off against the 1-2 Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA. The #1 team faced off against what should have been their easiest test of the season as they faced 0-3 McGill. Laval did not make it easy on themselves as they took on McGill at home but could not get their offence going. Laval looked fine for their first drive as they marched down the field for 74 yards and ended the drive with a 2 yard TD run by Rene Levesque. The ball then went to McGill and the Rouge et Or looked to start their dominance as they earned a safety making it 9-0. Then the Redmen began to turn the game around on defence as they were able to shut the Rouge et Or down and did not let them get another TD the entire game. McGill attempted to get back into the game on offence but Laval’s defence was able to keep them at bay. By halftime the score remained 9-0 with both teams unable to get much going on offence. The second half continued the same as both teams had trouble in a defensive battle. McGill began to climb back into the game earning a safety in the third quarter putting the score at 9-2. Laval pulled ahead for good with a field goal in the fourth quarter just before McGill added another safety. Laval barely escaped their matchup with one of the worst teams in the RSEQ but they remained undefeated. It will be interesting to see how Laval recovers from the close game and if they can stay undefeated or if McGill has given some stronger teams a blueprint to beat the Rouge et Or. Meanwhile in the OUA the #2 Western Mustangs continued to lean on their first year running back Tyler Varga to win games. The Mustangs were facing off against the 1-3 Golden Hawks and proved that they are one of the best teams in Canada by getting past Laurier. The scoring started with the Golden Hawks returning a punt for a TD as the Mustangs went into an early hole. The Mustangs then took over as Tyler Varga scored twice and the defence earned a TD to put the score at 21-7. Before the half the Golden Hawks were able to mount a comeback tying the game at 21. Western mounted their own comeback at the start of the second half as they earned two TDs and a field goal to go ahead 34-21. Laurier managed to add one more TD to keep the score close but Western left with the win again. Laval and Western remained undefeated and remained the top two teams in the CIS. It is looking closer to a guarantee that these two teams are destined to meet in Vanier Cup if they continue their strong play. Both teams struggled this week but earned the wins and if they continue to win they will be in Vancouver by the end of the season.

The rest of the CIS also went through some tight games as the top teams looked to remain on top and some teams looked to get some respect. The Calgary Dinos are the other undefeated team in the CIS and they took on one of their biggest challenges of the season. Calgary has struggled when they travel to the University of Saskatchewan and they had to put their undefeated record to the test there in week 4. The Dinos were able to preserve their perfect season as they beat the Huskies 38-24 as they make a bid at the top spot in the CIS. Meanwhile in the AUS the Acadia Axemen were just looking for some respect as they remained unranked at the start of week 4 despite their perfect record. With only four undefeated teams in the CIS the Axemen were hoping to crack the top 10 but have not received much consideration. They looked to give the voters more to think about as they took on StFX and were able to handle them winning 33-14. The home of the strongest competition, the OUA, also saw a new riser as Windsor recovered from their first loss of the season in week 3 with a win over Waterloo and McMaster remained a strong contender with a win over Guelph. The RSEQ has also been a strong conference and the cream is beginning to rise as Sherbrooke and Montreal both got wins as they look to keep up with Laval. The CIS is in full swing and the question will be who can remain undefeated the longest. With four contenders in Western, Laval, Calgary, and Acadia the fans will be watching closely as all of these teams try to continue their streaks.

CIS Top 10:

1. Laval Rouge et Or (1)

2. Western Mustangs (2)

3. Calgary Dinos (3)

4. Montreal Carabins (4)

5. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (5)

6. McMaster Marauders (6)

7. Saint Mary’s Huskies (8)

8. UBC Thunderbirds (9)

9. Saskatchewan Huskies (7)

10. Ottawa Gee Gees (–)

 

Standings

AUS:

1. Acadia Axemen (3-0)

2. Saint Mary’s Huskies (2-1)

3. Mount Allison Mounties (0-3)

4. StFX X-Men (0-3)

CanWest:

1. Calgary Dinos (4-0)

2. UBC Thunderbirds (3-1)

3. Manitoba Bisons (2-2)

4. Saskatchewan Huskies (2-2)

5. Regina Rams (1-3)

6. Alberta Golden Bears (0-4)

RSEQ:

1. Laval Rouge et Or (4-0)

2. Montreal Carabins (3-1)

3. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (3-1)

4. Concordia Stingers (2-2)

5. Bishop’s Gaitors (1-3)

6. McGill Redmen (0-4)

OUA:

1. Western Mustangs (4-0)

2. McMaster Marauders (3-1)

3. Ottawa Gee Gees (3-1)

4. Windsor Lancers (3-1)

5. Queen’s Golden Gaels (2-2)

6. Toronto Varsity Blues (2-2)

7. Guelph Gryphons (1-3)

8. Laurier Golden Hawks (1-3)

9. York Lions (1-3)

10. Waterloo Warriors (0-4)

Key Scores:

#3 Calgary Dinos 38 vs. 24 Saskatchewan Huskies #7

– Calgary remained undefeated against their biggest test in Saskatchewan and remain one of the top teams in the country

#2 Western Mustangs 34 vs. 28 Laurier Golden Hawks

– The #2 team in the country escaped a close game at Laurier with freshmen Tyler Varga taking control with three TDs

Acadia Axemen 33 vs. 14 StFX X-Men

– Acadia was looking to remain undefeated against their rival StFX and with the win hope to crack the top 10

#1 Laval Rouge et Or 12 vs. 4 McGill Redmen

– Laval could not get their offence going as they won a defensive struggle at home against the now 0-4 McGill Redmen

Key Matchups Next Week:

Acadia Axemen vs. Saint Mary’s Huskies (Oct. 1st; 2:00 pm ADT)

– Acadia will face a tough test in Saint Mary’s as they look to remain undefeated and remain on top of the AUS standings

York Lions vs. Western Mustangs (Oct. 1st; 1:00 pm EDT)

– The Western Mustangs will look to continue their strong season against the struggling York Lions

Laval Rouge et Or vs. Concordia Stingers (Oct. 2nd; 1:00 pm EDT)

– Laval will try to continue their winning streak against the Concordia Stingers who will be looking at McGill to see how to shut down the top teams offence

Alberta Golden Bears vs. Calgary Dinos (Oct. 2nd; 1:00 pm MDT)

– The battle of Alberta College version gets underway as Calgary will try to stay undefeated against their provincial rivals in Alberta

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