Around U Sports: Windsor Lancers continue to push for first playoff spot since 2014
This week’s U Sports action slate was a little smaller than normal, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t as entertaining as ever. There are a few underdogs looking to make the playoffs for the first time in several years and some brilliant late-season matchups that play out in the final three weeks of the regular season. Let’s go.
About U Sports is a weekly report on 3DownNation which will take readers across the country each week to recap college football action, highlight standout performances, and track possible playoff games. He will go through the Vanier Cup on Saturday, November 26.
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, 43 — Waterloo Warriors, 22
Sophomore running back Quentin Scott put on another dominating performance for Wilfrid Laurier, rushing 22 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore receivers Ethan Jordan and Raidan Thorne both had more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Fifth-year defensive back Shomari Hutchinson led the way for the Golden Hawks defense, intercepting Waterloo quarterback Nolan Kaban twice.
Acadia Axemen, 11 — Mount Allison Mounties, 19
Fourth-year quarterback Justin Vogels threw for 336 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the victory, helping the Mounties close to a playoff game at home. Acadia scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but a potentially tying 46-yard drive stalled with 18 seconds left. Now at 0-6, the Axemen will need to win one of their last games against St. FX or Bishop’s if they hope to avoid their first winless season of the century.
McMaster Marauders, 41 — Guelph Gryphons, 12
Quarterbacks Jake Helfrich and Tommy Yanchuk had miserable performances for the Gryphons, throwing for a total of 73 yards and five interceptions, including a fourth quarter pick of six. McMaster took full advantage of excellent field position throughout the game as fifth-year quarterback Andreas Dueck scored two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.
Windsor Lancers, 33 – York Lions, 10
The Lancers swarmed York’s offensive line, forcing four turnovers and limiting the Lions to 46 rushing yards. Sophomore quarterback Danny Skelton threw for 195 yards and rushed four times for 72 yards and a touchdown, including a 59-yard run in the first quarter. Windsor now has three wins this season, putting them in a great position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Laval Rouge et Or, 37 — Sherbrooke Vert et Or, 10
Sherbrooke made their debut in the top ten of U Sports football last week, but Laval toppled them with the dominating victory. Hec Crighton Trophy prospect Kevin Mital caught nine passes for 82 yards and a touchdown for the Rouge et Or, while first-year guard David Dallaire ran for three touchdowns. Third-year quarterback Anthony Robichaud had a respectable performance in a losing effort, throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown despite being sacked four times.
Western Mustangs, 56 — Toronto Varsity Blues, 21
Sophomore running back Edouard Wanadi put on a signature performance for the Mustangs in that game, rushing 13 times for 213 yards and four touchdowns. His backfield partner, third-year Keon Edwards, was also extremely productive with 16 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The Mustangs are now two wins away from a perfect 8-0 record, although the Ottawa Gee-Gees should put up a respectable fight on Saturday, October 22.
Bishop’s Gaiters, 10 – St. FX’s X-Men, 30
Sophomore running back Malcolm Bussey played in his third 100-yard game of the season for St. FX, carrying the ball 18 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Justin Quirion threw for 105 yards and a touchdown for Bishop’s after third-year Mason McGrisken was kicked out of the game after throwing a pair of early interceptions. Now 5-0, the X-Men will likely only need one more win to clinch the top spot in the AUS.
Concordia Stingers, 13 — Montreal Carabins, 31
The Carabins showed why they remain undefeated as second-year quarterback Jonathan Sénécal threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, while third-year running back Bertrand Beaulieu scored twice on the ground. Third-year quarterback Olivier Roy played well for the Stingers despite being sacked five times, throwing for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Circle your calendars for Sunday, October 16 when Montreal visits Laval for a game that could determine who finishes atop the RSEQ.
Canada West was on a conference break last week, while the Queen’s Golden Gaels (5-1), Ottawa Gee-Gees (5-1), Carleton Ravens (3-3), Redbirds McGill (0-5) and Saint Mary’s Huskies (2-2) also had a bye week.
U Sports Football Rankings
Canada West (CW)
Saskatchewan Huskies, 5-0
Regina Rams, 4-1
Alberta Golden Bears, 2-3
Manitoba Bison, 2-3
UBC Thunderbirds, 2-3
Calgary Dinos, 0-5
Ontario University Sports (OUA)
Western Mustangs, 6-0
Queen’s Golden Gaels, 5-1
Ottawa Gee-Gees, 5-1
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, 4-2
Carleton Ravens, 3-3
Windsor Lancers, 3-3
Toronto University Blues, 3-4
McMaster Marauders, 2-4
Guelph Griffons, 1-5
Waterloo Warriors, 1-5
York Lions, 1-6
Quebec Student Sports Network (RSEQ)
Montreal Carabins, 5-0
Laval Red and Gold, 5-1
Sherbrooke Green and Gold, 3-3
Concordia Stingers, 1-5
McGill Redbirds, 0-5
Atlantic University Athletic (AUS)
St. FX’s X-Men, 5-0
Mount Allison RCMP, 4-2
Bishop’s Gaiters, 2-2
St. Mary’s Huskies, 2-3
Acadia Axemen, 0-6