CIS Football Report (Week 6)

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The CIS saw a monumental shift as the league went from three undefeated teams to three undefeated teams but changed the names of those undefeated teams. The Laval Rouge et Or have been undefeated starting from last year’s season and have continued this trend into this year. They have been ranked #1 since the start of the season and have proven that they are the team to beat. Meanwhile their longtime rival, the Montreal Carabins, have had an up and down season that has seen them ranked in the top 10 most of the season but has also seen them lose three games this year. Laval and Montreal faced off in a rivalry between the two cities of Montreal and Quebec City. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that Laval would win this game handily but the Carabins had one positive. Laval had been struggling as of late coming very close to losing with their offence failing to produce and their defence needing to win games for them. The Game started with Montreal getting on the board first with a field goal but Laval responding with a long TD drive led by Bruno Prud’homme and finished by the QB with a TD pass. Adding two more Rouge points the Rouge et Or led 9-3 at halftime but had some trouble with the offence struggling to produce much more than their one drive. The second half saw Montreal climb back into the game with back-to-back field goals tying the game at 9. Laval continued to struggle on offence as they earned their last points on a field goal going ahead 12-9. After a safety Montreal took advantage of their last possession with less than a minute to go. With 56 seconds left in the game Montreal’s Rotrand Sene ran the ball 13 yards for a TD to put them ahead 17-12. Laval had a chance to score and go ahead but they couldn’t do it as they took their first loss in over a year. Montreal’s defence was the star of this game as they sacked Prud’homme 8 times and earned an interception against him. As Laval took their first loss the CIS should have seen just two undefeated teams but due to a rules violation the Saint Mary’s Huskies took Laval’s spot as the third undefeated team. Montreal was again involved in the reshaping of the league as during a win over Saint Mary’s, The Huskies only loss all season, on September 17th the Carabins had used an ineligible player. Mike Dubuisson was supposed to be serving a three game suspension imposed by Football Quebec for a brawl in a Junior game last season. As a result of the use of this player Montreal was forced to forfeit the game giving Saint Mary’s a 1-0 victory and erasing their only loss all season. With their win over StFX this week the Huskies are now 5-0 joining the undefeated teams that became one team short over the weekend. The other undefeated teams were all in action this week as well as the CIS begins their sprint to the Vanier Cup.

With Laval taking their first loss of the season and Saint Mary’s erasing their only loss there were two teams still undefeated without any conditions. The Western Mustangs have been one of the most dominant teams in the CIS this year and will take full advantage of Laval’s loss. They almost were not able as the Guelph Gryphons gave them a scare and almost knocked off yet another undefeated team. The Mustangs were in a back and forth game with the Gryphons as both teams led with the lead changing five times. The Mustangs came out to an early lead but only earning two field goals. Guelph was then able to score a TD and add a field goal to go ahead 10-6. So the game was on as both teams went back and forth taking the lead and then losing it until the fourth quarter. The Gryphons went ahead with less than 8 minutes left after scoring a TD to go up 29-24. Then Western showed why they are still undefeated scoring a TD almost immediately after Guelph to go up 30-29. Western then added a field goal to put them ahead for good as the Mustangs won the game 33-29 and remained undefeated to join Saint Mary’s and the only other undefeated team the Calgary Dinos. The Dinos had a week off along with the rest of the CanWest conference and so still remain undefeated on the year. With one of the undefeated gone there is another to take the place the CIS still has three undefeated teams. These are the teams to watch as they all reach the end of the season and enter the playoffs with only three weeks left, two for the OUA.

 

CIS Top 10:

1. Western Mustangs (2)

2. Calgary Dinos (3)

3. Laval Rouge et Or (1)

4. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (4)

5. Montreal Carabins (6)

6. McMaster Marauders (5)

7. Saskatchewan Huskies (7)

8. Saint Mary’s Hukies (8)

9. UBC Thunderbirds (9)

10. Ottawa Gee Gees (–)

 

Standings

AUS:

1. Saint Mary’s Huskies (5-0)

2. Acadia Axemen (4-1)

3. StFX X-Men (1-4)

4. Mount Allison Mounties (0-5)

 

CanWest:

1. x-Calgary Dinos (5-0)

2. Saskatchewan Huskies (3-2)

3. UBC Thunderbirds (3-2)

4. Regina Rams (2-3)

5. Manitoba Bisons (2-3)

6. Alberta Golden Bears (0-5)

 

OUA:

1. Western Mustangs (6-0)

2. McMaster Marauders (5-1)

3. Ottawa Gee Gees (4-2)

4. Queen’s Golden Gaels (4-2)

5. Windsor Lancers (4-2)

6. Laurier Golden Hawks (3-3)

7. Toronto Varsity Blues (2-4)

8. Guelph Gryphons (1-5)

9. York Lions (1-5)

10. Waterloo Warriors (0-6)

 

RSEQ:

1. Laval Rouge et Or (5-1)

2. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (5-1)

3. Concordia Stingers (3-3)

4. Montreal Carabins (3-3)

5. Bishop’s Gaitors (2-4)

6. McGill Redmen (0-6)

 

x-Clinched Playoff Spot

 

Key Scores:

#8 Saint Mary’s Huskies 40 – 16 StFX X-Men

– Saint Mary’s remained undefeated after earning a win by default last when Montreal’s win was taken away and now beating the X-Men for the top of the AUS

 

#2 Western Mustangs 33 – 29 Guelph Gryphons

– The Mustangs just escaped the Guelph Gryphons to remain one of three teams that are undefeated this year

 

#6 Montreal Carabins 17 – 12 Laval Rouge et Or #1

– The Carabins knocked off the top team in the CIS beating the #1 ranked Laval Rouge et Or and ended their undefeated streak dating back to last year

 

#4 Sherbrooke Vert et Or 38 – 11 Bishop’s Gaitors

– The battle for the Mayor’s Cup between the two teams from Sherbrooke, Quebec but it was not very close as Sherbrooke University took advantage of 5 Gaitors turnovers to win the game

 

Key Matchups Next Week:

#2 Calgary Dinos vs. #7 Saskatchewan Huskies (Oct. 14th; 7:00 pm MT)

– The rivals face off again as Calgary looks to face off against their toughest challenge the Saskatchewan Huskies

 

#5 Montreal Carabins vs. McGill Redmen (Oct. 15th; 1:00 pm ET)

– Montreal comes off a big win against Laval and will face their crosstown rivals in McGill as they try to continue their march to the playoffs.

 

#1 Western Mustangs vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (Oct. 15th; 1:00 pm ET)

– The Mustangs remain undefeated and will look to continue this trend into the top spot in the OUA playoffs by beating the Varsity Blues

 

Mount Allison Mounties vs. Acadia Axemen (Oct. 15th; 2:00 pm AT)

– Acadia was given a blow when Saint Mary’s got their undefeated season back and they will take it out on Mount Allison as they continue to fight for first place

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