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Football players of the week: Dinos sweep semifinal honours

NEW WESTMINSTER – A convincing win over the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Hardy Cup semis has landed a trio of Calgary Dinos Canada West football player of the week honours.

Receiver Austen Hartley, defensive lineman Connor McGough and kick returner Denzel Radford are the conference players of the week after their big individual performances, as all three recorded majors for the Dinos in their Hardy Cup playoff win.

Hartley led the way offensively for Calgary, as the veteran receiver hauled in seven catches for 145 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown late in the second quarter of the Dinos’ 47-17 win at home on Saturday.

McGough was a threat on both sides of the ball at McMahon Stadium, as the 6’2 lineman not only recorded four solo tackles and a pair of sacks, but also caught a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Sinagra early in the third quarter on what proved to be the winning score.

On special teams, Radford iced the game for Calgary midway through the third quarter, as he ran back a Saskatchewan kickoff 94 yards for the major.

With the victory, Calgary advanced to their Canada West record ninth consecutive Hardy Cup where they’ll meet the defending Hardy Cup champion UBC Thunderbirds in a rematch of last year’s game, after the T-Birds downed the Regina Rams 40-34 in the other semifinal.

The 80th Hardy Cup is slated for Saturday, November 12th at 1 p.m. MT. For tickets, please click here.

The big game can be seen live on local Shaw TV, Shaw Direct 299, Shaw HD where available, Access Communications’ channel 7/70 and CanadaWest.tv.

OFFENCE: Austen Hartley
Calgary Dinos
Calgary, Alta.
Schulich School of Engineering

Game log: Saturday, November 5 – 7 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown in 47-17W vs. Saskatchewan.
Austen Hartley accounted for more than half of the Dinos’ receiving yards Saturday as Calgary ended Saskatchewan’s season with a 47-17 Hardy Cup semifinal win at McMahon Stadium.

The fourth-year receiver, the go-to man for Dinos QBs all season, caught seven passes for 145 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter that put the Dinos on top for good.

DEFENCE: Connor McGough
Calgary Dinos
Defensive lineman
Medicine Hat, Alta.

Game log: Saturday, November 5 – four solo tackles, two sacks and a receiving touchdown in 47-17W vs. Saskatchewan.

Defensive lineman Connor McGough had a day Saturday against the Saskatchewan Huskies, helping lead his University of Calgary Dinos to their ninth consecutive Hardy Cup championship game.

McGough picked up four solo tackles during the game, including two of the Dinos’ three sacks of Huskies QBs as the defence kept the Huskies at bay for most of the afternoon. And early in the third quarter, he came on the field on offence, scoring what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard pass from Adam Sinagra.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Denzel Radford
Calgary Dinos
Kick returner
Calgary, Alta.

Game log: Saturday, November 5 – 94-yard kickoff return touchdown in 47-17W vs. Saskatchewan.

Denzel Radford provided the nail that sealed the Saskatchewan Huskies’ coffin Saturday with his play that highlighted a sequence where the Dinos scored 10 points in 14 seconds midway through the third quarter.

After the Huskies conceded a safety, Radford took the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to the house – his second long kickoff return of the season. After a kickoff single by Niko DiFonte following that TD, a 15-point Calgary lead had stretched to a 25-point lead in the blink of an eye, and the Dinos cruised to victory from there.

Radford and the Dinos, appearing in their ninth straight Hardy Cup this weekend, will look to reclaim the Canada West banner as they host the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon.

Source: cwuaa.ca


HAMILTON, Ont. – The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Football Players of the Week for the period ending November 7, 2016.

OFFENCE: Cedric Joseph (Montreal, Que.) – 2nd yr. – Western

Western Mustangs running back Cedric Joseph has been named OUA Offensive Player of the Week after his performance on Saturday had the whole country buzzing.

Joseph, a King’s College student from Montreal, had 16 carries for 107 yards and four touchdowns in Western’s 51-24 win over the visiting Carleton Ravens.

When the dust had finally settled Saturday, the 5’11”, 205 lbs back was one of the top trending topics on Twitter.

Next up, Joseph and the Mustangs will host the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday in the 109th Yates Cup.

DEFENCE: Mackenzie Ferguson (London, Ont.) – 2nd yr. – Western

With a berth in the Yates Cup on the line, Mustangs defensive back Mackenzie Ferguson had one of his biggest games of the season and has been named OUA Defensive Player of the Week.

Playing for his hometown Mustangs, Ferguson recorded 4.5 tackles and a pass breakup in Western’s 51-24 win versus Carleton.

The 5’10”, 156 lbs defensive back also had an interception with a return of 42 yards.

The Western faithful hope Ferguson has saved his best for last as the Mustangs take on Laurier Saturday looking for their 31st Yates Cup in program history.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Robbie Smith (Brampton, Ont.) – 2nd yr. – Laurier

The Laurier Golden Hawks soar into Saturday’s Yates Cup thanks in part to a strong performance from Robbie Smith who has been named OUA Special Teams Player of the Week.

Smith, a second-year kin/phys. ed. student-athlete, had two special team’s tackles in Laurier’s 21-19 victory over the McMaster Marauders.

The Brampton, Ont. native played a key role in limiting McMaster to 27 punt return yards on 8 attempts and 25 kickoff return yards on 2 attempts.

The 6’2″, 230 lbs Smith finished the game with 4.5 total tackles.

Smith will look to have another strong game on special teams Saturday in the 109th Yates Cup against the Western Mustangs.

Source: oua.ca



RSEQ University Football
Marc-Antoine Pivin, Alex Cromer-Émond et Antony Dufour named players of the week Montréal
November 7, 2016 – Laval receiver Marc-Antoine Pivin, Montréal linebacker Alex Cromer-Émond and Laval returner Antony Dufour are the RSEQ University Football student-athletes of the week for the period ending November 6, 2016.
Offensive Student-Athlete

Marc-Antoine Pivin

Team: Rouge et Or
University: Laval
Hometown: Sherbrooke, Québec
Height: 6’01’’
Weight: 187 lbs.
Former team: Collège Champlain-Lennoxville


The rookie receiver had an astonishing first play-off game in university career. Marc-Antoine Pivin caught 6 passes for a total gain of 198 yards. He brought two of these catches in the end zone for a touchdown, one of which was after a long 72-yard play. These important plays helped Laval win 39-14 over the Concordia Stingers in the RSEQ semi-final.

For pictures or additional information: 

Stéphane Jobin, Sports Information Officer, Laval Rouge et Or, 418-656-5292, stephane.jobin@sas.ulaval.ca
Defensive Student-Athlete

Alex Cromer-Émond

Team: Carabins
University: Montréal
Hometown: Price, Québec
Height: 5’08’’
Weight: 205 lbs.
Former team: Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon


For a second week in a row, the Carabins’ defensive unit made their way to a shutout over the McGill Redmen’s offense.  This time around it was in part thanks to four turnovers caused by the Bleus which placed them in excellent positions to score.  Alex Cromer-Émond was a main actor in three of these turnovers.  The fourth year linebacker did two interceptions and caused a fumble. On top of that, the medicine student added 3.5 tackles, among which two were solo, the third best performance of the team.

For pictures or additional information: 

Renaud St-Laurent, Sports Information Officer, Montréal Carabins, 514-343-6111 x4227, renaud.dupre.st-laurent@umontreal.ca
Special Teams Student Athlete

Antony Dufour

Team: Rouge et Or
University: Laval
Hometown: Québec, Québec
Height: 6’0’’
Weight: 195 lbs.
Former team: Cégep Limoilou


Antony Dufour changed the game momentum spectacularly in the first quarter of the RSEQ semi-final game against Concordia.  After a turnover which costed the Rouge et Or a touchdown and placed the Stingers ahead 7-3, he returned the following kick-off over 101 yards up to the end zone, bringing his team back in the leading position. The Rouge et Or never looked back, going towards a 39-14 win. Anthony Dufour ended the game with a total of 120 yards gained in two kick-off returns, which added to a one-yard punt return.

For pictures or additional information: 

Stéphane Jobin, Sports Information Officer, Laval Rouge et Or, 418-656-5292, stephane.jobin@sas.ulaval.ca


(HALIFAX, N.S.) – Running back Chris Reid, defensive back Devante Sampson and punt returner Idahosa Yorke, all of the Mount Allison Mounties, have been selected as the Week 9 AUS players of the week for their performances this past weekend.

Name: Chris Reid
University: Mount Allison University
Position: Running Back
Hometown: Brampton, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Third
Academic program: BA Business
Height and weight: 5’6″, 180lbs

Running back Chris Reid of the Mount Allison Mounties is the Atlantic University Sport football offensive player of the week for the week ending Nov. 6, 2016.

A third-year business student from Brampton, Ont., Reid had 34 carries for 209 yards rushing and a touchdown in Mount Allison’s 27-18 victory over Acadia Saturday in the Subway AUS Football Semifinal.

Reid was named the Subway Player of the Game for his efforts. With the win, the Mounties advance to this weekend’s Subway AUS Loney Bowl versus StFX in Antigonish, N.S.
Defensive Player of the Week
Devante Sampson
University: Mount Allison University
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Fourth
Academic program: BA Sociology
Height and weight: 5’8″, 173lbs

Defensive back Devante Sampson of the Mount Allison Mounties is the Atlantic University Sport football defensive player of the week.

A fourth-year sociology student from Mississauga, Ont., Sampson had eight solo tackles and one assisted tackle in the Mounties’ 28-17 victory over Acadia Saturday. Sampson also had a pass break up in the win.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Name: Idahosa Yorke
University: Mount Allison Mounties
Position: Kick Returner
Hometown: Bomanville, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Second
Academic program: BA History
Height and weight: 5’7″, 162lbs

Mount Allison kick returner Idahosa Yorke has been named the AUS football special teams player of the week.

Yorke, a second-year history student from Bowmanville, Ont., returned seven punts for 67 total yards—the longest for 26 yards—in Mount Allison’s 28-17 semifinal victory over the Acadia Axemen Saturday.

With the win, the Mounties now advance to their record fourth-consecutive Subway AUS Loney Bowl appearance this coming weekend versus StFX.

Source: atlanticuniversitysport.com

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