CIS Football Report (Week 5)

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CIS football has been dominated by three teams that have remained undefeated and are early favorites for the Vanier Cup. These three teams are the class of their respective conferences and are looking strong. They are also three teams that have been the CIS powerhouses for the last few years and have all had a shot at the Vanier. The changes did not occur at the top of the rankings however as Laval and Western remained the top of the CIS. Laval took on Concordia on Sunday as they tried to remain undefeated and remain at the top of the RSEQ. The Rouge et Or suffered last week as they barely got by McGill and struggled to get the offence working. This week they tried to make sure that they put those doubts to rest but their offence did not overly impress. Rene Levesque got going again rushing for 195 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile Bruno Prud’homme threw for only 94 yards and a TD. The Rouge et Or found their offence in the D as they earned an INT TD and four safeties that got them most of their points. The Rouge et Or still finished with a dominant score winning the game 37-4 and remaining undefeated. Laval is not looking as dominant as they were but are still winning which is what counts as they remain at the top of the RSEQ with the playoffs approaching. The #2 team also was in action as the Western Mustangs took on the York Lions that proved to be little resistance to a great team. The York Lions came out early to give the Mustangs a scare but it did not last long when the Mustangs came back. The Mustangs were led by Nathan Riva who scored four rushing TDs and rookie running back Tyler Varga continued his strong season with a TD late in the game. The Mustangs remained undefeated and look to be getting stronger every week and are looking to the Vanier Cup later in the year. No team has really come close to beating the Mustangs this year and every team will keep trying but it seems to be a hard team to get by. With Laval and Western remaining undefeated there was only one other team to look towards to remain undefeated. The #3 Calgary Dinos took on the Alberta Golden Bears to try to remain undefeated and stay atop the CanWest conference. The Dinos dominated from the opening drive as they scored 61 consecutive points without the Bears scoring one. The golden Bears finally got on the board in the last quarter when they scored in the 4th quarter. The Dinos remained undefeated and joined the Mustangs and the Rouge et Or as the only undefeated teams in the CIS. With all three teams looking good enough to move far in the Vanier Cup playoffs and all have the chance to win.

Meanwhile as the top teams continued their strong seasons the rest of the CIS was battling to keep up. The most shocking game this weekend was in the OUA as the #10 Ottawa Gee Gees travelled to Laurier for homecoming. The unranked Laurier Golden Hawks surprised everyone by dominating the top 10 ranked Ottawa Gee Gees. With the win Laurier improved to 2-3 and knocked the Gee Gees off of the top 10 list. In the rest of the CIS teams continued to jockey for position as the playoffs with only four more games left for most of the conferences. In the AUS the Acadia Axemen were the top of the heap when facing #7 Saint Mary’s who had one loss to the Axemen this year. The game was essentially for the top spot in the AUS as Acadia was trying to hold on and earn the bye. The Huskies were slightly better on the day however and beat the Axemen 8-3. Saint Mary’s took the win and the top spot in the AUS with only four games to go. In the RSEQ all of the teams were looking to keep up with Laval. Montreal took on Sherbrooke as both teams were looking to take control of second place. Sherbrooke pulled out the 20-11 win over Montreal taking over the second place spot in the RSEQ. The CanWest conference saw the early conference favorites the Saskatchewan Huskies were trying to keep up with the undefeated Calgary Dinos. The Huskies barely escaped with a win against the UBC Thunderbirds with one of the closest games this week. The Huskies won 36-33 as they continue to hope that the Dinos will fail. Of course all of these teams are just hoping to make the playoffs as once the playoffs start anything can happen on the road to the Vanier Cup.

CIS Top 10:

1. Laval Rouge et Or (1)

2. Western Mustangs (2)

3. Calgary Dinos (3)

4. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (5)

5. McMaster Marauders (6)

6. Montreal Carabins (4)

7. Saskatchewan Huskies (9)

8. Saint Mary’s Huskies (7)

9. UBC Thunderbirds (8)

10. Windsor Lancers (–)


Standings

AUS:

1. Saint Mary’s Huskies (3-1)

2. Acadia Axemen (3-1)

3. StFX X-Men (1-3)

4. Mount Allison Mounties (0-4)

 

CanWest:

1. Calgary Dinos (5-0)

2. Saskatchewan Huskies (3-2)

3. UBC Thunderbirds (3-2)

4. Manitoba Bisons (2-3)

5. Regina Rams (2-3)

6. Alberta Golden Bears (0-5)

 

OUA:

1. Western Mustangs (5-0)

2. McMaster Marauders (4-1)

3. Windsor Lancers (4-1)

4. Ottawa Gee Gees (3-2)

5. Queen’s Golden Gaels (3-2)

6. Laurier Golden Hawks (2-3)

7. Toronto Varsity Blues (2-3)

8. Guelph Gryphons (1-4)

9. York Lions (1-4)

10. Warterloo Warriors (0-5)

 

RSEQ:

1. Laval Rouge et Or (5-0)

2. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (4-1)

3. Montreal Carabins (3-2)

4. Concordia Stingers (2-3)

5. Bishop’s Gaitors (2-3)

6. McGill Redmen (0-5)

 

Key Scores:

#9 Saskatchewan Huskies 36 – 33 UBC Thunderbirds #8

– The Huskies were looking to keep up with the Dinos and only take one loss but barely came out on top against the surging Thunderbirds.

 

#7 Saint Mary’s Huskies 8 – 3 Acadia Axemen

– Saint Mary’s had only lost one game and it was to the conference leading Axemen but they returned the favour in week 5 to take the top spot in the AUS

 

Laurier Golden Hawks 51 – 16 Ottawa Gee Gees #10

– The unranked Hawks had only one win all season until they faced off against the #10 ranked Ottawa Gee Gees.

 

#1 Laval Rouge et Or 37 – 4 Concordia Stingers

– The Rouge et Or remained undefeated but their offence continues to struggle with the defence earning most of the points

 

Key Matchups Next Week:

Laurier Golden Hawks vs. Waterloo Warriors (Oct. 6th; 7:00 pm ET)

– The rivalry is renewed as the Warriors are back and the two cross-town rivals face off as the Golden Hawks look to improve on their 2 win season.

 

Guelph Gryphons vs. #3 Western Mustangs (Oct. 8th; 1:00 pm)

– The Mustangs try to remain undefeated and hope to clinch a playoff spot against the struggling Gryphons

 

#1 Laval Rouge et Or vs. #6 Montreal Carabins (Oct. 8th; 1:00 pm ET)

– The Quebec City and Montreal rivalry enters the CIS with Montreal taking on the undefeated Laval Rouge et Or

 

Bishop’s Gaitors vs. #4 Sherbrooke Vert et Or (Oct. 8th; 7:00 pm ET)

– Bishop’s has struggled out of the gate and will hope that Sherbrooke’s last game can give them the blueprint to beat the second place Vert et Or

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