Football Saturday in review: Sacobie injured in Ottawa's loss, Queen's tops Western

Nine stories from the weekend that was in the CIS
  1. Upsets (and a season-in-the-balance QB injury): Bishop's stops No. 8 Sherbrooke in the final minutes to win 15-10. the Tussle in the Townships, while Windsor stuns No. 5 Ottawa 40-38.

    The Gee-Gees might have lost QB Josh Sacobie, who injured his left (non-throwing) arm on the final play of the game.

    In a span of three hours, Ottawa went from being in a three-way tussle for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs to a three-way tie for third. Sacobie will have his arm X-rayed today. His heir apparent, Brad Sinopoli, has seen extended action the past two seasons, but the Gee-Gees' issues go way beyond the man under centre.
  2. Separation Saturday in the OUA: Queen's hammers turnover-prone (you think?) Western 43-16 and essentially wraps up home-field advantage throughout the OUA playoffs. (And the OUA hosts a bowl game, remember.)

    The Gaels' D-line of Osie Ukwuoma, Kyle MacDonald, Dee Sterling and Neil Puffer had their way with Western's blockers. Michael Faulds ended up throwing 57 passes after Greg Marshall seemingly decided to junk the run some time between the coin toss and O Canada.
  3. And introducing the Saskatchewan Huskies: The Green Dogs have Laurence Nixon back, and after winning 35-12 over Alberta on Friday, control their own destiny in the crazy-kooky Canada West conference.
  4. Speaking of which: Simon Fraser's 31-7 loss to Regina leaves Can West in even more of an entertaining uproar.

    Rams QB Teale Orban has a couple TD tosses, Luke Derkson churns out a 156-yard day along the ground and the U of R (2-3) exposes Simon Fraser (3-2) on both sides of the ball. The Clan passing game was below 100 yards for the second straight week.
  5. Front-runner for the Hec? Bishop's Jamall Lee runs for 176 yards to help the Gaiters take down Sherbrooke in the first leg of the Tangle in the Townships.

    Lee has 724 yards (7.6 per carry) through four games, while Queen's Mike Giffin has 753 (7.2 per) in one more game.
  6. That's Mr. Jones: Saint Mary's keeps on rolling, even without Erik Glavic. The soon to be No. 2 Huskies (and there's a case that argument is low), gets a 29-carry, 251-yard day from Devon Jones in a five-point win over Acadia.
  7. Atta way, Mount A: The undermanned but game Mounties finally put one in the win column, 27-24 in overtime over St. FX.

    Mount Allison's defence somehow held up despite being on the field for 77 plays.

  8. Guelph decides to play: A 30-0 shutout over U of T might not seem like a lot to hang your hat on, but the Gryphons (2-3) probably believe they can run the table going into the playoffs.
  9. Best stab at the Top 10: Laval is still No. 1 if it beats Concordia. Saint Mary's No. 2, Queen's No. 3 and Saskatchewan No. 4. Western, thanks to the three-slot rule, will be No. 5. The rest of the Top 10 could be picked out of a hat.
Laval, the one sure thing in the country, is home to Concordia on Sunday afternoon.
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  1. I don't know who should be #5, but given the way Western lost, I'd slide them down more than 3 spots. The UofS was dropped 4 spots after a loss that wasn't as disappointing and one-sided as Western's loss. I'd also put Queens in at #2 because they were more impressive in victory than St. Mary's.

  2. Good points as always, Vic ...

    My understanding is teams weren't supposed to go more than three spots up or down. I don't necessarily endorse it.

    Queen's is probably going to have to be No. 2 between Laval and SMU, whether the diehards like it or not. We like to fly under the radar screen.

  3. Good review Neate. The beer is on me. They likely won't slide more than 3 just based on the fact that they were somehow in the game late in the 3rd despite the horror of their play. Somehow the score was unflatteringly flattering to them given their performance if that makes any sense at all.