FB notes: Dinos, Huskies aiming for 3-0 records

FB notes: Dinos, Huskies aiming for 3-0 records

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

EDMONTON – Week 3 of the Canada West football season gets underway Saturday, as the Calgary Dinos (2-0) and Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0) take aim at putting dampers on a pair of homecoming games.

In Winnipeg, the Dinos take on the Manitoba Bisons (0-2), who have struggled offensively out of the gate despite some big play threats.

The Bisons enter their annual homecoming game sporting the conference’s worst offence statistically, averaging just 345 YPG and 20.6 PPG. 

On the other end of the scoring spectrum are the Dinos, who have had no problem putting up points through two weeks. Calgary enters the game as the lone team in the nation averaging 50+ points and sports the top aerial attack in nation (425 YPG).

Defensively, this contest is also a mismatch, as Manitoba has failed this season to keep opponents in check, surrendering an average of 38 PPG, while the Dinos have been stouter defensively, yielding 26 PPG.

Like Calgary, Saskatchewan (2-0) enters Week 3 looking to keep their perfect start alive, as they travel to Vancouver’s Thunderbird Stadium for the UBC homecoming game.

Quarterback Kyle Siemens has been Saskatchewan’s offensive catalyst this season, and was named the CW offensive player of the week Monday after his five touchdown pass performance Week 2 in a 43-17 win over the Alberta Golden Bears.

Siemens leads U SPORTS in passing touchdowns through just two games (nine) and is second in the nation behind Calgary quarterback Adam Sinagra in both completion percentage (74.6%) and QB efficiency (205.5).

On the UBC (1-1) side, head coach Blake Nill’s team had a nice Week 2 bounce back against the Bisons after a season-opening loss to Regina.

Running back Ben Cummings led the way for UBC with a strong 145-yard performance against Manitoba, while rookie Elliot Graham posted a defensive score for the T-Birds, running an interception back 107 yards in the longest defensive play in UBC program history. 

In the Queen City, the Regina Rams (1-1) look to get back in the win column against Alberta (0-2).

Regina came up short in a U SPORTS top 10 battle last week against Calgary and was held under 30 points for the first time since Week 6 of last season. 

That Week 6 loss in 2016 just happened to be against Alberta, who edged the Rams 19-18 at Foote Field in Edmonton in the Bears lone win of the campaign. Over their last 16 Canada West conference games, the Alberta sports a combined 1-15 record dating back to Week 3 of the 2015 season.

Both the Saskatchewan-UBC and Alberta-Regina games can be seen across the CW Football Showcase network (SaskTel in Saskatchewan, TELUS in Alberta and B.C., and Bell MTS in Manitoba).

All three games can be seen live by visiting the revamped Canada West TV.

Click here for the CW FB weekly notes as a PDF.

 

Calgary Dinos (2-0) vs. Manitoba Bisons (0-2)

Saturday, September 16

1 p.m. CDT

Investors Group Field - Winnipeg, Man.

WATCH: Canada West TV

KARL’S CAREER DAY

Receiver Hunter Karl did it all last week for the Dinos, with a trio of touchdowns. Karl, who holds for the Dinos, added a fake field goal TD to a pair of receiving majors, accounting for 18 of Calgary’s 46 total points in the Week 2 win.

AERIAL LEADER

QB Adam Sinagra enters the weekend the nation’s top pivot in several categories: YPG (388), QB efficiency (211), and completion percentage (80.3%). Given those numbers, it’s no surprise Calgary leads U SPORTS with 425 passing YPG.

LYLES HELD IN CHECK

After 218 all-purpose yards Week 1 against Saskatchewan, RB Jamel Lyles had a quiet Week 2, registering 89 combined yards against UBC. Despite his total against the T-Birds, Lyles still leads CW in all-purpose yards with 307.

HOMECOMING WEEK

It’s homecoming week in Winnipeg, as the Herd look to snap their three-game losing skid, dating back to last season. Manitoba won their homecoming game a season ago, downing the Saskatchewan Huskies 38-17 in Week 4.

 

Alberta Golden Bears (0-2) vs. Regina Rams (1-1)

Saturday, September 16

2 p.m. CST

Mosaic Stadium - Regina, Sask.

WATCH: Canada West TV 

SaskTel maxTV Live Local Channels 48 /348 HD

TELUS Channels 997 HD /9997

ILNICKI RUNNING WILD

Despite an 0-2 start, Alberta has a bright spot in RB Ed Ilnicki, who leads CW in rushing with 295 yards. The veteran is looking to become the first Bear to win the CW rushing title since Jarred Winkel did it back-to-back seasons (2003 and 2004).

RED ZONE WOES

Alberta enters the weekend looking to make a change in the red zone. The Bears have just one major inside the red zone this season on six tries, giving them the lowest success rate (17%) among the conference’s six teams.

PICTON CLIMBING TD LIST

Noah Picton became the 12th player in CW history to crack the 50-touchdown mark last weekend and sits 10th on the CW all-time list (51). He can pass a pair of Dinos this weekend: Bob Torrance (52) and Andrew Buckley (54).

SWEET 16 RUSHING LIST

Both Regina RB Atlee Simon and Ilnicki come into the week looking to become the 16th player in CW history to rush for at least 20 career TDs. Simon enters with 18, while Ilnicki has 19. Simon would become the first player to accomplish the feat entirely with the Rams.

 

Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (1-1)

Saturday, September 16

5 p.m. PDT

Thunderbird Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.

WATCH: Canada West TV 

SaskTel maxTV Live Local Channels 49/349 HD

TELUS Channels 998 HD /9998

BellMTS 1802

SIEMENS PUTS UP FIVE

QB Kyle Siemens led the way for the Huskies last week with 271 passing yards and five touchdowns. Siemens’ five TD passes were the most by a Huskie quarterback in more than a decade and tied for second most all-time in a single game by a Saskatchewan pivot.

HILLIS CRACKS TOP 10

Saskatchewan receiver Mitch Hillis cracked the CW top 10 last week for all-time receiving yards. The veteran sits 10th on the list with 2,207 yards. He is second among active receivers behind Alberta’s Tylor Henry (2,447).

LONG DISTANCE DEFENCE

UBC’s Elliot Graham entered the CW record book last week with a 107-yard interception return for a TD. That was the longest in T-Birds history and the second longest in CW history, two yards behind Eric Duchene’s 109-yarder (SSK, 2001).

RUN STOPPERS

The T-Birds enter the weekend with the nation’s second best run defence. UBC is one of five teams nationally surrendering under 100 YPG on the ground. Montreal sits first, having surrendered just 17.5 YPG on the ground.