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Friday, Oct. 5

Queen’s (3-4) 24, McMaster (4-2) 27

HAMILTON (October 5, 2018) – A 10-point fourth quarter gave the Marauders the breathing room they needed Friday, as McMaster held on to defeat Queen’s 27-24 at Ron Joyce Stadium for their third consecutive win.

Moving to 4-2 with the victory, the Marauders took over sole possession of third in the OUA standings, and completed their home schedule with a perfect 4-0 record.

In a see-saw battle, Jordan Lyons punched in a five-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, with Adam Preocanin knocking in a 19-yard field goal on the Marauders next drive to give McMaster a 27-16 lead and the space they needed to secure the victory.

Lyons rushed for 71 yards in the win on 16 carries.

Queen’s put the result in jeopardy with just under three minutes to play, with Rasheed Tucker punching in a three-yard run to set the score at 27-24. However, the Gaels failed to convert on their next two drives including a 54-yard missed field goal attempt by Gaels kicker Nick Liberatore as time expired.

Marauder quarterback Andreas Dueck tossed 358 yards in the game and helped orchestrate the key drive by connecting with wide receiver Tommy Nield twice to set up the five-yard Lyons rushing touchdown. Dueck hit Nield for a 43-yard gain and then followed it with a seven-yard connection before Lyons earned the game-breaking major.

For his part, Nield hauled in 161 yards receiving on eight receptions. Dueck aired the ball out to Nield a handful of times, with his longest catch coming on a 48-yard catch and run on the second play of the game.

Preocanin went to work against the Gaels, connecting on three field goals hitting on 41, 12 and 19-yard attempts. He also missed two, but converted two singles and made the field goals when they mattered most.

Jackson White converted on a short-yardage play to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive for McMaster’s only other touchdown

Mac’s Eryk Bujalski was the top defender, tallying nine total tackles and forcing one fumble. Nolan Putt had an interception Friday, which was his second in as many games.

Jake Puskas opened the scoring for Queen’s with a six-yard run in the opening quarter.

Queen’s quarterback Nate Hobbs tossed 431 yards and failed to record a touchdown, while throwing an interception and being sacked twice in the loss. The Gaels had two receivers break the 100-yard barrier with Matteo Del Brocco posting a game high of 163 yards receiving. Teammate Richard Burton tallied 142 yards on nine receptions.

The loss drops Queen’s to a 3-4 record.

LOOK SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS: Dueck appears to be getting comfortable after taking over the starting quarterback duties since week four. He has steadily improved, putting up better passing numbers since earning the job.  Today’s game was his most efficient passing game, as he converted 22 of 29 passes for a 75.9 per cent efficiency.

BY THE NUMBERS:

4,312 – School Day at McMaster with a total of 4,312 people in attendance (mainly students from local elementary and secondary schools from the Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton regions) taking in the game

11:04 – The earliest kickoff time ever for a McMaster football game due to the successful School Day event

17 – First downs McMaster had compared to the 27 for Queen’s; Queen’s was able to secure 20 passing first downs compared to McMaster’s 12.

105 – yards gained by McMaster running backs

BACK IN THE LINEUP: Running back Justice Allin made his return to the lineup after tearing his ACL in Week 8 (October 14) of the 2017 season against Windsor. Allin caught seven passes for 93 yards and rushed once for six, hinting at the dual-threat skills he showcased a season ago.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Preocanin moved to third in McMaster’s all-time career list with 54 made field goals. He eclipsed Rob Deluca’s mark of 53 (1985-88), and is just five behind Mike Ray’s 59 (2001-2004).

UP NEXT:  McMaster has wrapped up their regular season home schedule and will be on the road for the final two games of the season. Next Saturday, they travel to battle the Waterloo Warriors, who hold a 3-3 record and are idle this week.  The game goes on October 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Warrior Field in Waterloo, Ont. The Marauders will wrap the regular season on October 20 at Windsor.

Wilfrid Laurier (3-3) 37, Carleton (4-3) 31

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Ravens dropped a back and forth affair 37-31 to the Laurier Golden Hawks in their last regular season home game of the year. Their second loss in a row sets up a crucial season finale next week on the road against the York Lions.

The opening 25 minutes consisted of opposing field goals that saw Laurier take a 9-3 advantage. A flurry of touchdowns blew things open in the final five minutes of the half however, starting with a touchdown pass from Ravens QB Mike Arruda to WR Quinton Soares in the left side of the end zone to give Carleton their first lead of the game 10-9.

After a quick touchdown by Laurier, Arruda showed off his arm again by bombing a deep pass to WR Phil Iloki who outraced the Hawks’ defenders to the end zone to put the Ravens back on top 17-16. Carleton was unable to hold the lead going into halftime, as Laurier capped off a 45 yard drive with an 8 yard touchdown pass from QB Connor Carusello to Brentyn Hall with just 7 seconds to go. This put the visitors on top 23-17 heading into the break.

The Ravens came storming out in the 3rd quarter, with defensive back Jon Edouard blocking a punt on Laurier’s opening drive to set his team up on the 3 yard line. The next play saw Nathan Carter pound the ball home to swing the game back in Carleton’s favor 24-23. Again the Ravens could not hold the lead, as Laurier marched the ensuing drive 86 yards. It was finished with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Carusello to Ente Eguavoen.

The see-saw game continued into the 4th quarter, when once again Iloki made his mark on the game. The 4th year man from Montreal found himself open down the left side and hauled in the pass from Arruda to once again put Carleton on top, 31-30.

The very next play turned out to be the game winning score, as Carusello found Esson Hamilton on the left side with the pass. Hamilton proceeded to sprint past the Ravens defenders for a 78 yard touchdown.

REACTION

Ravens head coach Steve Sumarah said this was a game his team let slip away. “I can’t lie, it’s disappointing. When we had chances to make plays near the end we didn’t,” he said after the game. Sumarah knows this sets up a massive tilt against York next Friday. “It’s a playoff game, and you’ll see what kind of team shows up for that.”

HISTORIC STAT

With his 373 yards through the air today, Mike Arruda becomes just the 4th Ravens quarterback of all-time to hit the 4,000 passing yards mark.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME

#85 Phil Iloki – Receiver – 4th year

Up next:
Carleton vs York
Friday, October 12 1pm
Alumni Field – Toronto, ON

StFX (4-2) 33, Acadia (2-3) 30

Game recap: Bailey Gilmour, Acadia Athletics Communications Office
Box Score

WOLFVILLE, NS – Keiran Burnham’s 41 yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining in regulation time was all the StFX X-Men needed to pull off a 33-30 win over the host Acadia Axemen in the Thanksgiving Day Subway Turkey Bowl. Burnham, who was named the Subway Player of the Game, was three for three on field goal attempts including the game winner.

The X-Men took the early 7-0 lead that would hold for the opening quarter, when fifth year running back, Jordan Socholotiuk, scored a touchdown just under the halfway point of the quarter. The Axemen did not score in the first quarter, but one notable touchdown attempt was denied by a holding penalty against the Axemen.

Third-year X-Men kicker/punter, Keiran Burnham kicked a successful 47-yard field goal, which pushed the lead to 10-0. However, later in the quarter, the Axemen answered when second-year quarterback Alex Lawrie, scored a major on a quarterback keep, bringing the score up to 10-7, for the visiting X-Men.

Burnam, went back to work adding his second field goal of the night on a successful 39-yard kick, giving StFX a 13-7.

The Axemen answered once again when junior receiver Cordell Hastings, pulled in a touchdown pass off a pass from Hunter Guenard. The Axemen head a 14-13 lead over StFX at the half.

The Axemen opened the second half not quite as strong as they exited the first half. The third quarter of play was dominated by the visiting X-Men, with two touchdowns being scored. The first touchdown was scored by first-year quarterback, Bailey Wasdal, who ran nine yards, capping off a 12 play, 88 yard drive for StFX’s second major of the evening.

Kaion Julien-Grant posted a 61 yard touchdown run off of a punt return less than two minutes after Wasdal’s major to widen the X-Men lead to a 27-14 advantage.

Dale Wright scored a touchdown on a three yard rush that completed a 4 play drive that began on the X-Men’s 18 yard line after Axeman Tommy Grant sacked Wasdal and forced a fumble that was recovered by Angelo Gentile.

Trailing the X-Men 27-23 after a conceded safety, Guenard hit Caleb Ryder on a 10 yard crossing pattern for a touchdown, giving the Axemen a 30-27 lead with 1:37 remaining in regulation time.

The excitement and intensity of the very close fourth quarter continued when Keiran Burnham, tied the game at 30-30 following a 46-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining in the game.

With the Axemen turning the ball over after three downs with 2 seconds remaining in the game, Burnham nailed the game-winning 41 yard field goal to give the X-Men a 33-30 win.

Hunter Guenard led the Axemen with 29 pass attempts and 18 total completions for 185 yards in the air and runningback Dale Wright posted 147 yards of rushing. Other notable Axemen performances included that of wide receivers, Caleb Ryder, who hauled in four passes for 53 yards, while teammate Cordell Hastings added 40 yards on six receptions.

Jordan Socholotiuk posted a game-high 166 yards rushing and quarterback Bailey Wasdal attempting 24 pass with 15 completions for a total of 170 yards. In addition to guaranteeing the win for his X-Men, Keiran Burnham punted an average of 35 yards.

The Axemen drop to 2-3 record and will host the Bishop Gaiters for their Homecoming Game next Saturday, October 13th at Raymond Field starting at 3:00 pm. The X-Men improve to 4-2 and take sole possession of second place and Bishop’s on Saturday October 20th.

McGill (1-4) 13, Sherbrooke (1-5) 14

With files from: Rene Roy, Sherbrooke Vert et Or
Box Score

The fans of the Vert & Or football team had at least three reasons to celebrate the victory of their favorites Friday night at the outdoor stadium of the Université de Sherbrooke. The festivities followed a Green victory over the McGill Redmen with a tight mark of 14-13 in front of a crowd of 3500 people.

They first celebrated their first victory in 2018, the end of a long unsuccessful sequence on the natural surface of the UdeS (which lasted nearly two years), but above all the satisfaction of seeing the Vert & Or still in the race for a place in series.

Without having obtained the tiebreaker on the Reds, in the case of an identical record between the two teams, the men of Mathieu Lecompte have restarted their season, with two more games to play in October.

It’s a single from rookie Louis Tardif with a few seconds to go to the match that broke the tie of 13-13, after a rise of 10 points of visitors in the fourth quarter. The young kicker, who had made 11 and 38 yards earlier in the game, was going for an attempt to put the 30-yard line. The ball did not pass between the two posts, but crossed the distance enough to be out of range of the Redmen’s returner in the end zone and give the away point to his team.

William Tremblay-Harnois had a say just before this last series in attacking the Vert & Or, with a kick return of 49 yards to give an excellent position on the field.

But the hero of the match for UdeS players has undoubtedly been the veteran running back Gabriel Polan. The latter went on his best career performance with the Vert & Or and has accumulated 136 yards in 23 races, in addition to scoring the only major of his team.

Two reversals against starting quarterback Conor Sinclair (an interception and a fumble) were expensive late in the game but the Vert & Or has rebounded. It was Joé Hudon who finished the meeting at the pivotal post of the Sherbrooke attack.

Although both teams struggled to advance the ball in the first two quarters, the Vert & Or won the field positions by exploiting two turnovers of visitors to put 10 points on the table.

At the break in the locker room at half-time, Vert & Or led the Redmen 10-0 and had 118 yards of offense gain in addition to completing seven first attempts. McGill’s strugglers struggled with just 50 yards, mostly through the air and only four games. It must be said that they often pulled themselves in the foot taking no less than 11 penalties for 100 yards, in addition to messing with several games.

Over the entire game, Vert & Or dominated its rivals in the majority of the statistics categories (first 15 games against 9, 242 rushing yards against only 22, 294 total yards gain vs. 154 and, most importantly, 14 points against 13 on the scoreboard).

“A win is a win and it does a lot of good, no matter the score and the way. Especially in front of our supporters. It gives meaning to our next games, but anyway we will play them one at a time focusing on our performance, “said the student-athlete of the School of Management, who was delighted to be seen entrusting the balloon as often. “I will never complain about having the ball too often,” he added with a smile.

“Coach Regimbald often tells us that special teams have to spark the games and that’s exactly what I managed to do on my last kick return late in the game,” said William Tremblay-Harnois. “The coaches trust me by pointing to me as a starter, and I want to take this opportunity to contribute to the team and show what I can do,” adds Green & Or # 3.

Vert & Or will have two weeks to prepare for its next match, as its next challenge will take place on October 21 in Quebec City against the Rouge et Or. This is a second break in four weeks for Sherbrooke footballers .

This third home game in the fall of Vert & Or has also helped support the cause of the fight against breast cancer. Some of the proceeds from this Green & Rose match will be donated to the CIBC Run for the Cure. Université de Sherbrooke vice-president of administration and sustainable development, Denyse Rémillard, was co-chairing the event, along with Annie Faucher, a member of the Captains Club of the Quebec City Football Association. UdeS and survivor of this disease.

 

Saturday, Oct. 6

Bishop’s (0-6) 9, St. Mary’s (6-0) 18

Game recap: Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communications
Box Score

(HALIFAX, N.S.)—It was not pretty but to the U Sports No. 6-ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies, a win is a win.

SMU doubled-up the visiting Bishop’s Gaiters 18-9 on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic University Sport football action from Huskies Stadium.

The Huskies racked up 328 yards in total offence—down from their conference leading 411.8 yards per game—as neither team managed an offensive touchdown with both majors coming off turnovers.

Saint Mary’s opened the scoring in the second quarter when defensive back Adrian Greene (Toronto, Ont.) gobbled up a Gaiter’s fumble and trotted 65 yards for the score as Brian Hope‘s (Port Coquitlan, BC) point after gave the Huskies a 7-0 lead with 10:44 left in the half.

After exchanging possessions, SMU was pinned deep at their own nine-yard line when QB Kaleb Scott‘s (Mount Albert, Ont.) pass was intercepted by Bishop’s Aaron Franklin (West Covina, California) and returned 15 yards for the touchdown as the Gaiters drew even, 7-7 with 8:23 left in the half.

Saint Mary’s, forced to play for field position with 3:41 left in the half, gave up a safety and trailed Bishop’s 9-7 at half.

Hope added two field goals in the third quarter, good from 43 and 20 yards out, and a Bishop’s safety gave SMU a 15-9 cushion after three quarters.

Hope’s third field goal from 30 yards iced the victory in the fourth quarter as the Huskies held-on for the 18-9 victory.

SMU’s Scott finished with 238 passing yards and two interceptions on 15-36 pass attempts while Stephen Casey (Boucherville, Que.) threw 214 yards for Bishop’s.

The Huskies improve to 6-0 while Bishop’s falls to 0-6 on the year.

Both teams return to action next weekend when Bishops visit the Acadia Axemen and SMU hosts the 2-3 Mount Allison Mounties in their homecoming game.

 

Sunday, Oct. 7

Montreal (4-2) 15, Laval (6-0) 18

With files from: Simon Cliche, Laval University

Box Score

Laval University, October 7, 2018 – The Rouge et Or defeated the Montreal Carabins for the second time this season, this time in overtime on Sunday afternoon at TELUS-UL Stadium.

Glen Constantin’s men won by 18-15 in front of a packed house of 18,234 spectators. Unless a surprise, Laval (6-0) should be ahead of Montreal (4-2) in the standings of the regular season of the RSEQ, and enjoy the advantage of the field in the playoffs.

“We made it quite difficult by making a lot of mistakes. We were greedy in some offensives and I’m really not happy with the punishments. We made several mistakes of youth and we must learn from this game. As for Mathieu Betts, he is the man of great opportunities. Every time the stakes are high, he raises his game a notch, “said Glen Constantin, head coach of the Rouge et Or.

By recording his 32.5e, 33.5e, 34.5e and 35.5e career bags, Mathieu Betts has established a new brand of the RSEQ. The previous record was owned by Jim Aru of the Queen’s Golden Gaels (31.5 between 1994 and 1998).

“I’m glad we move on. The series are coming up and you do not want it to be a distraction. It did not put pressure on me, but I was very happy just to equal the record, “said Betts.

Lying 0-2 late in the first quarter, the Rouge et Or took the lead 3-2 with a 42-yard David Côté pitch. At the start of the second quarter, Benoît Gagnon-Brousseau caught a 14-yard pass from Hugo Richard’s goal zone, putting the field ahead 10-2. The Carabins made a 29-yard placement allowing the Rouge et Or to retire to the locker room with a 12-5 priority at half-time.

In the last minute of the third quarter, Marc-Antoine Dequoy, of the Carabins, brought back a ball dropped by the Rouge et Or for 54 yards thus creating the tie at 12-12. With four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Emile Chênevert’s interception paved the way for David Côté’s 20-yard placement. The Carabins tied at 15-15 two minutes later with a 49-yard field goal.

In overtime, David Côté gave Laval the win with a 12-yard field goal.

The Rouge et Or will play their next game on Saturday, October 13, at 1 pm, when they visit the McGill Redmen in Montreal.

Offense

Quarterbacks: Hugo Richard 26-39, 312 yards, 1 touchdown pass

Rackmakers: Hugo Richard, 12 Races, 61 Yards / Christopher Amoah, 7 Races, 46 Yards / Vincent Breton-Robert, 6 Races, 27 Yards

Recipients: Jonathan Breton-Robert, 6 catches, 39 yards / Vincent Forbes-Mombleau, 5 catches, 57 yards / Mathieu Robitaille, 3 catches, 82 yards

Defensive

Plated: Dan Basambombo 6.5 (4 solos) / Adam Auclair 6.0 (5 solos) / Mathieu Betts 5.5 (5 solos)

Bags of the quarter: Mathieu Betts 4.0 / Mathieu Bellefroid 1.0 / Kevin McGee 1.0

Interceptions: Émile Chênevert 1

Special units

Investments: David Côté 3/3 (42, 20, 12 yards)

Bets of Disengagement: Dominic Lévesque 9 Kicks, Average of 36.7 Yards

Sending kickoffs: David Côté 3 kick, average of 5., 0 yards

Kickoff Return: Murura Amani Malinda 2 returns, 41 yards / Mathieu Robitaille, 1 back, 4 yards

Return trip: Antoine Dansereau-Leclerc, 5 returns, 21 yards

 

Source: usports.ca

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