CIS Conference POW (8): AUS, RSEQ, OUA & Canada West


StFX-Tivon Cook-2014

Offensive Player of the Week
Tivon Cook
University: St. Francis Xavier University
Position: Quarterback
Hometown: Scarborough, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Third
Academic program: BA
Height and weight: 5’10”, 190lbs

Quarterback Tivon Cook of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men is the Atlantic University Sport football offensive player of the week for the week ending Oct. 26, 2014.

A third-year arts student from Scarborough, Ont., broke StFX single-game records and earned his place in the AUS conference records Saturday in the X-Men’s 18-10 loss to the Mount Allison Mounties.

Cook broke StFX records for passing attempts (56) and passing yards (463) in a game, and tied the X-Men record for passing completions (30).

This places him second in the AUS single game record books for passing attempts, third for passing yards and in a tie for seventh for passing completions.

Cook had one touchdown pass for 67 yards in the game and also rushed six times for 34 yards. He finishes the AUS regular season first overall in passing, averaging 227.6 yards per game.

ACA-Russell Rainey-2014
Defensive Player of the Week
Russell Rainey
University: Acadia University
Position: Defensive back
Hometown: Hawkesbury, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Second
Academic program: Kinesiology
Height and weight: 5’10”, 195lbs

Defensive back Russell Rainey of the Acadia Axemen is the Atlantic University Sport football defensive player of the week.

A third-year kinesiology student in his second year of eligibility, Rainey posted 9.5 tackles (eight solo and three assisted) in Acadia’s 26-17 win over the Saint Mary’s HuskiesSaturday.

Of these, three were tackles for a loss of 16 total yards. This included a sack for a loss of 11 yards and an interception returned for three yards.

Josh Blanchard
Special Teams Player of the Week
Josh Blanchard
University: Mount Allison University
Position: Punt/kick returner
Hometown: Waaisis, N.B.
Year of eligibility: Fifth
Academic program: BA sociology
Height and weight: 5’11”, 180lbs

Punt/kick returner Josh Blanchard of the Mount Allison Mounties is the Atlantic University Sport football special teams player of the week.

A fifth-year sociology student from Waaisis, N.B., Blanchard posted a kickoff return for 14 yards and six punt returns for 41 total yards in Saturday’s 18-10 win over the StFX X-Men.

On offense, he also had three receptions for 26 total yards.

RSEQ POW October 28th 2014


Quarterback Rouge et Or Laval University Richard Hugo, linebacker Olivier Goulet-Veilleux Vert & Or of the Université de Sherbrooke and returner Regis Cibasu Carabins University of Montreal are the MVPs the College Football RSEQ for the week ending October 26, 2014.

Hugo Richard Week 1 POW



Position: Quarterback

Team: Red and Gold

School: University Laval

Hometown: Montreal

Age: 20

Height: 6’02

Weight: 210

Year of Eligibility: 1

Former team: Vanier Cheetahs


The rookie Laval Rouge et Or quarterback, Richard Hugo (Mechanical Engineering), already the holder of the team record for the highest number of touchdowns in a season, launched three against the Redmen Friday for a total of 22, wiping out the previous RSEQ record of 20, owned since last year by Bishop’s Gaiters Jordan Heather. With 379 yards, Richard’s total is now 2440 and he holds the team record in this area (Benoit Groulx had accumulated 2,422 in 2006). Hugo Richard completed 24 of 39 passes Friday without throwing an interception.

Olivier sherbrooke



Position: Linebacker

Team: Vert et Or

School: University of Sherbrooke

Hometown: St-Foy, Qc

Age: 23

Height: 6’01

Weight: 220

Year of eligibility: 4

Former team: Condors CEGEP Beauce-Appalaches


Similar to the Vert & Or defense, who recorded a second consecutive shutout for the first time in its history, linebacker Olivier Goulet-Veilleux (Pharmacology) was intractable Saturday. He made four solo tackles matched with one tackle for loss (7 yards), caused a breakaway and a quarterback sack (7 yards).




Position: Returner

Team: Carabins

School: University of Montreal

Hometown: Kinshasa, Congo

Age: 20

Height: 6’03

Weight: 220

Year of Eligibility: 1

Former team: Collège Édouard-Montpetit Lynx


In his rookie season, Regis Cibasu (Administration, HEC Montreal) scored a touchdown on a punt return of 67 yards. This brought the score to 55-8 for the Carabins. He amassed a total of 84 yards on three punt returns and more successful as he caught four in the attack.



OUA POW October 27th 2014


HAMILTON, Ont. – The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Players of the Week for the period ending October 20, 2014.

OFFENCE: Austin Kennedy (Windsor, Ont.) – 5th yr. – Windsor

Former Gee-Gees quarterback Josh Sacobie now has company at the top of the OUA record books.

Fifth-year Lancers quarterback threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 43-21 loss to the Western Mustangs, giving him 79 career touchdown passes and tying Sacobie’s career touchdown passing record.

Kennedy added 109 rushing yards on the afternoon, and despite the loss the Lancers and Kennedy also accomplished their preaseason goal of hosting an OUA playoff game, something the school had not done since the 2006 season.

The 79 touchdown passes also ties him with Sacobie for second most in CIS history – former St. Mary’s Husky quarterback Chris Flynn holds the record with 87.

Kennedy also hit the 700 mark in pass completions on Saturday, finishing his career with 710 – good for second all-time in OUA football – and became only the fourth player in CIS history, and third in OUA history, to reach 10,000 passing yards, finishing with 10,004.

DEFENCE: Derek Wiggan (Toronto, Ont.) – 5th yr. – Queen’s

In the final game of his fifth season, Derek Wiggan scored his first career touchdown, and the Gaels first touchdown of the day against Carleton, giving Queen’s an early lead en route to a 37-15 victory.

The defensive lineman has come close to scoring touchdowns this year, picking up what he thought was a fumble to score against McMaster, but was called back as an incomplete pass, and returning a blocked punt 29 yards against Toronto, only to be tackled at the three yard line.

Wiggan finally made it into the end zone in his last game in the tricolour, and also finishes his Queen’s career with 40 tackles for losses, the most in Gaels history. atop the Gaels most tackles for losses record, with 40 during his tenure.

In the win on Saturday, Wiggan had two fumble recoveries (including the one he returned 20 yards for a touchdown), five total tackles, one assisted sack, and two assisted tackles for losses. The win ended a disappointing Gaels season on a positive note and spoiled the Ravens playoff chances.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Lewis Ward (Inverary, Ont.) – 2nd yr. – Ottawa

Ward had a perfect day on Saturday, going 5-for-5 on field goals and converting all three extra points to contribute 18 points to Ottawa’s 38-18 upset of the previously undefeated McMaster Marauders. The win propelled Ottawa to a 5-3 record and clinched the team a playoff spot.

It was the second time this season that the second-year-kicker scored five field goals, which tied the Gee-Gees program record. The Kingston, Ont. native also set a new career high on Saturday with his 43-yard field goal during the second quarter. Ward accounted for 85 of Ottawa’s points this season, which ranks fifth in the CIS.

Canada West POW October 27th 2014

Canada West:

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Week 8 of the 2014 Canada West football season saw the conference’s offensive firepower in full display as four of the six teams registered 41 points or more.  The Calgary Dinos clinched the best record in the regular season with a masterful 67-6 win over the UBC Thunderbirds, while the Saskatchewan Huskies scored 24 straight second half points en route to a 41-23 playoff-clinching win over the Alberta Golden Bears.  In Regina, the Rams stayed alive in the playoff hunt by staving off the Manitoba Bisons, 56-41, in a wild, back-and-forth shootout seen live on Shaw TV.

The Regina Rams’ Atlee Simon and the Saskatchewan Huskies’ Mark Ingram and Keegan Arnyek have been selected as the Canada West Football Players of the Week.  This marks the third time this campaign that Ingram has been selected for the weekly honour.

OFFENCE: #36 Atlee Simon, Running Back (Regina Rams)

Rookie running back Atlee Simon had one of the best performances in the University of Regina’s history on Saturday, helping the Rams to a critical 56-41 win over No. 9-ranked Manitoba on Saturday.

Simon finished with 24 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 45-yard run early in the second quarter that gave the Rams their first major of the game. He also had four catches for 89 yards, most of which came on a 60-yard catch-and-run late in the ballgame for his fourth touchdown of the game

His 243 all-purpose yards are the most by a U of R player in over four years, while his three touchdown runs equal a school single-game record that Cory Olynick set back in 2002. His four touchdowns scored also equal a U of R single-game mark, a record he now shares with Jason Clermont (twice) and Chad Goldie.

Simon is now sixth in Canada West with a total of 419 rushing yards on the season – 275 of which have come in his last two games. The Rams (2-5) will have a chance to nail down a playoff spot this Saturday afternoon at home against Alberta (3-4).

DEFENCE: #6 Mark Ingram, Safety (Saskatchewan Huskies)

University of Saskatchewan safety Mark Ingram once again proved to be tough on opponents forcing two turnovers and completing nine tackles in a 41-23 win over the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday afternoon.

The fifth-year Agriculture & Bioresources student made his first interception with the game tied at 17 in the third quarter. He intercepted at the Saskatchewan 41 returning it seven yards. His second interception of the game was in the fourth quarter. It led to a Saskatchewan touchdown.

Ingram, a 2013 CIS All-Canadian, also led the Huskies with nine tackles – eight solo – in the game. He also had two blocks on a Keegan Arnyek missed field goal return for a touchdown.

The No. 10 Saskatchewan travels to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds to close out the Canada West regular season 

SPECIAL TEAMS: #16 Keegan Arnyek, Kick Returner/Defensive Back (Saskatchewan Huskies)

University of Saskatchewan kick returner Keegan Arnyek helped solidify a Huskie 41-23 win over the Alberta Golden Bears with a 116-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown.

The second-year Arts & Science student from Moose Jaw returned the 38-yard field goal attempt from six yards into the end zone 116 yards to score and give the Huskies a 34-17 lead in the fourth quarter. Arnyek also added another 50 yards on returns in the game and two tackles as a defensive back.

Arnyek and the No. 10 Huskies will travel to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday in the final game of the Canada West regular season.

Image Credit: Regina Rams/Saskatchewan Huskies

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