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RSEQ: Hugo Richard, Daniel Tshiamala and Khalil Kerr named players of the week

Montréal, November 6, 2017 – Laval quarterback Hugo Richard, Laval linebacker Kean Harelimana and Montréal returner Khalil Kerr are the RSEQ University Football student-athletes of the week for the period ending November 5, 2017.

Offensive Student-Athlete

Hugo Richard

Team: Rouge et Or
University: Laval
Hometown: Longueuil, Québec
Age: 22
Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 220 lbs.
Former team: Cégep Vanier


The Rouge et Or quarterback burned his opposition both with his arm and his feet on Saturday in the RSEQ semifinal. Hugo Richard led the way for the Rouge et Or with three rushing touchdowns and one touchdown pass in a 45-0 win over the Sherbrooke Vert & Or. The fourth-year pivot amassed 42 yards on the ground in addition to completing 18-of-22 passes (82%) for 275 yards.

Defensive Student-Athlete

Kean Harelimana

Team: Rouge et Or
University: Laval
Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
Age: 20
Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 222 lbs.
Former team: Vanier College


The rookie linebacker was a key factor in the Rouge et Or’s 45-0 shutout win over Sherbrooke in the RSEQ semifinal on Saturday. Kean Harelimana had a team-high 7.5 tackles including 6 solos. He sent the tone for what would prove to be a string of three touchdowns in under three minutes late in the second quarter when he forced a fumble at the Sherbrooke 15-yard line that led to a Hugo Richard TD that made it 14-0. Harelimana also picked up 1.5 tackles for loss in the contest.

Special Teams Student Athlete

Khalil Kerr

Team: Carabins
University: Montréal
Hometown: Montréal, Québec
Age: 21
Height: 5’08’’
Weight: 166 lbs.
Former team: Vanier College


For the second consecutive week, the Carabins’ return specialist was on his game this time in a 42-20 win over the Stingers on Saturday at CEPSUM. Kerr racked up 200 return yards over his 10 punt returns for an impressive average of 20 yards. His returns brought fans at CEPSUM to their feet all game long as he always seemed about to break free for a touchdown.
Source: Robin Verreault | University Programs Coordinator RSEQ

Calgary QB Adam Sinagra helped lead the Dinos to a third consecutive matchup with UBC in the Hardy Cup.

CanadaWest players of the week: Dinos, T-Birds setup Hardy Cup rematch


  • Calgary QB Adam Sinagra (offence), UBC LB Ben Hladik (defence), and Calgary kicker Niko DiFonte (special teams) are the CW football players of the week from Hardy Cup Semifinal weekend
  • Sinagra tossed 457 yards in the Calgary Dinos’ 39-22 win over the Alberta Golden Bears, while Hladik and UBC’s defence stepped up when needed most to down the Regina Rams 28-21
  • Calgary and UBC will now become the first teams to meet in three consecutive Hardy Cups, as they go head-to-head in the 81st Hardy Cup Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. MST

EDMONTON – Adam Sinagra, Ben Hladik, and Niko DiFonte did their part to setup a historic Hardy Cup rematch.

The trio were named the Canada West football players of the week following the Hardy Cup Semifinals this past weekend, as the Calgary Dinos and UBC Thunderbirds punched their tickets to the 81st Hardy Cup. The game, slated for Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. MST, marks the first time ever the same two teams will meet in three straight Hardy Cups.

Offensively, Sinagra led the charge for Calgary in their 39-22 win over the Alberta Golden Bears with 457 passing yards, while kicker DiFonte did his part on special teams, accounting for 21 points.

On defence, Hladik helped UBC to a win over the Regina Rams for the second consecutive season in the Hardy Cup Semis, as the Thunderbirds earned a 28-21 win at home. The rookie linebacker did his part with a game-high 9.5 tackles.

Now, all that remains on the 2017 CW football schedule is the 81st Hardy Cup. The big game goes this Saturday at 1 p.m. MST at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

You can watch the game on the Canada West Football Showcase (SaskTel, TELUS, BellMTS), or online at Canada West TV.

The winner of the 81st Hardy Cup goes on to host the U SPORTS Mitchell Bowl (national semifinal) on Saturday, Nov. 18.


QB – Adam Sinagra
Calgary Dinos
Pointe Claire, Que.

After a flat offensive performance Week 8 of the regular season, quarterback Adam Sinagra and the Calgary Dinos more than made up for it Saturday against the Alberta Golden Bears in the Hardy Cup semis. The third-year pivot guided his team to a 39-22 win over the Bears at a chilly McMahon Stadium.

Sinagra tossed a season-high 457 yards in the victory, going 33-for-40 with a pair of touchdowns, including an 88-yard bomb in the third quarter to Abdraman Abdel-Rahim, which put the Dinos up 23-16 and proved to be the game’s winning score.

Calgary’s focus now shifts to their 10th consecutive trip to the Hardy Cup, where they’ll be looking to win the program’s 17th conference title.


LB – Ben Hladik
UBC Thunderbirds
Vernon, B.C.

On defence, UBC rookie linebacker Ben Hladik is the player of the week after leading the Thunderbirds in tackles against the Regina Rams.

The Vernon, B.C. product posted 9.5 tackles in UBC’s 28-21 semifinal win over Regina, with 1.5 of those tackles coming in the backfield, as the Thunderbirds defence bent in the second half, but preserved the victory to send the program to yet another conference championship game.


K – Niko DiFonte
Calgary Dinos
Winnipeg, Man.

Rounding out the semifinal weekend winners is Dinos kicker Niko Difonte, who accounted for 21 of Calgary’s 39 points.

The second-year Arts student was six-for-seven on field goals, including a long of 45, and also went three-for-three on extra points. It was another strong performance from DiFonte, who led the conference in regular season scoring with 92 points.

Source: Evan Daum, Canada West Communications


OUA Week 11 (Semifinals) Players of the Week: Joseph, Hutter, Liegghio named

Offence– Cedric Joseph, Western

In what was an offensive display of dominance for the Western Mustangs, the team’s 66 point outpouring overpowered Guelph in semifinal action, and a key contributor was RB Cedric Joseph.

The Montreal, Que. Native, just as he did a season ago, made a big impact in the provincial semifinal, scoring four touchdowns in the contest for the second consecutive year. Joseph picked up three majors on short-yardage runs, including the game’s opening score just a few minutes in, before capping off his player of the week performance by going virtually untouched into the end zone on a 45-yard run for his final score of the afternoon.

In addition to his four touchdowns, Joseph ended the afternoon with 10 rushes for 69 yards.

Defence– Scott Hutter, Laurier

The Laurier Golden Hawks defence stymied the McMaster Marauders in their semifinal tilt, and a major factor in this shutdown effort was DB Scott Hutter.

The third year Environmental Studies major once again proved to anchor the purple and gold defence. Throughout Saturday’s game, Hutter led a defensive effort that limited the Marauders to just six points on the day, finishing the game with 1.5 tackles, in addition to an interception return and a pass breakup.

Special Teams – Marc Liegghio, Western

The Mustangs put up a total of 66 points in their semifinal win over the Gryphons, and they can thank kicker Marc Liegghio for 16 of them.

Staying true to his regular season form, Liegghio was a point-producing machine on Saturday. The Woodbridge, Ont. native connected on three field goals for the game, which included a 32-yarder, 27-yarder, and his long of 42-yards. The Western kicker also connected on all seven of his extra point attempts to bring his impressive total to 16 points on the day.

To cap off the day, Liegghio also totaled 210 yards on his five punt attempts, twice pinning the Marauders inside the 20.

Source: OUA



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