Bison Football begins 2013 season with preseason game at Regina

The Manitoba Bisons Football team continues their 2013 training camp (two-a-day practices) this week before playing in the lone pre-season game of this season when they encounter the Regina Rams on the road at Regina on Friday, August 23 at 8 p.m. Central Time (CT).

Heading into the pre-season game, the Bisons now have 78 players (50 returning Bisons players and 28 new players) competing at the 2013 Manitoba Bisons football team training camp. The squad expects to take up to 62 players on the bus to Regina for game evaluations by the coaching staff.

An intense battle continues in camp and will extend to the pre-season game as the starting quarterback position is still available after Cam Clark graduated last season. Bison incumbent fourth year Marc Paquette will share time against the Rams with highly recruited and 2012 Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Most Outstanding Offensive Player Jordan Yantz.

“Both quarterbacks have been very good so far in training camp. It is apparent both are ready to fight for the starting position and support each other in the process. The Friday pre-season game is the final test to see how they perform ‘when the bullets begin to fly,’” stated Bison Football head coach Brian Dobie.

Last season, the Bisons played one pre-season football game and defeated Regina on the road by a score of 29-13 before posting a 4-4 regular season record in the 2012 campaign.

For the 2013 season, there are numerous returning Bison players on both offence and defence that seek to build off the 4-4 season plus qualified for the playoffs in 2012. Third year players running back/kick returner Anthony Coombs and slotback/kick returner Nic Demski return after being honoured as CIS All-Canadians in the last two seasons plus four of five starting offensive lineman are back along with fifth year slotback Andrew Smith, third year fullback Andrew Barry, fifth year kicker Nick Boyd, third year slotback Alex Vitt and third year running back Kienan LaFrance.

On defence, the front four is very solid with four returnees and three starters from last season starting with fifth year Ranji Atwall, fourth year Lauren Kroeker (led conference in sacks last season), third year Evan Gill and second year David Onyemata plus third year veteran linebackers Thomas Miles and Bami Adewale.

After the 2013 training camp, Manitoba hosts their first-ever CIS home game at Investors Group Field against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Friday, August 30 with game time at 7 p.m. CT.


2013 Bison Football Training Camp/Pre-Season Schedule

Date                Practice Start Times    Place

Aug. 20-21            4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.    Investors Group Field

Thur., Aug. 22         10 a.m.            Turf Fields – East Field (at U of M)

Fri., Aug. 23            PRE-SEASON GAME AT REGINA

Sat., Aug. 24            FILM MEETINGS – NO PRACTICE

Sun., Aug. 25        3 p.m.                Investors Group Field

Aug. 26-Aug. 29        6 p.m.                Investors Group Field



Bison Football Notes: The pre-season game is not televised but available via online radio at: – live broadcasted by 620 CKRM.


Key Stats – FTB History vs. Regina last 15 seasons

(Regular season: Bisons 13-10; Bisons on the road vs. Regina: 5-6; at home vs. Regina 8-3; Playoffs: 3-1)

August 23, 2013  (Pre-Season)


September 28, 2012

Regina 30 Manitoba 27 at Regina

August 24, 2012  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba 29 Regina 13 at Regina

October 29, 2011

Regina 31 Manitoba 22 at Manitoba

September 30, 2011

Regina 26 Manitoba 18 at Regina

August 27, 2011  (Pre-Season)

Regina 15 Manitoba 7 at Regina

October 16, 2010

Regina 41 Manitoba 19 at Manitoba

September 3, 2010

Regina 45 Manitoba 11 at Regina

September 4, 2009

Regina 28 Manitoba 10 at Regina

October 24, 2008

Regina 17 Manitoba 12 at Regina

August 30, 2008

Manitoba 25 Regina 12 at Manitoba

November 10, 2007 (CW Final)

Manitoba 48 Regina 5 at Manitoba

October 20, 2007

Manitoba 22 Regina 17 at Manitoba

September 1, 2007

Manitoba 36 Regina 13 at Regina

November 4, 2006 (CW Semi-Final)

Manitoba 44 Regina 29 at Manitoba

October 21, 2006

Manitoba 49 Regina 44 at Manitoba

September 2, 2006

Manitoba 34 Regina 24 at Regina

October 8, 2005

Regina 30 Manitoba 27 (OT) at MB

August 26, 2005  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba 24 Regina 15 at Regina

October 23, 2004

Manitoba 53 Regina 21 at Regina

September 11, 2004

Manitoba 12 Regina 8 at Manitoba

August 28, 2004  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba 48 Regina 21 at Regina

October 18, 2003

Regina 44 Manitoba 31 at Regina

September 6, 2003

Manitoba 32 Regina 27 at Manitoba

October 5, 2002

Manitoba 35 Regina 8 at Regina

November 11, 2001  (CW Final)

Manitoba 23 Regina 17 at Manitoba

October 13, 2001

Manitoba 47 Regina 11 at Manitoba

September 1, 2001

Regina 40 Manitoba 29 at Regina

November 11, 2000  (CW Final)

Regina 25 Manitoba 22 at Manitoba

September 29, 2000

Manitoba 50 Regina 1 at Manitoba

October 16, 1999

Manitoba 24 Regina 10 at Manitoba

September 4, 1999

Manitoba 37 Regina 28 at Regina

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