Morning rounds ... Laval's D finally gives up a TD, a Carter comeback

  • Hands up, everyone who had Bishop's backup QB Jordan Heather as the one to break the Laval defence's no-touchdown streak. Heather acred a 73-yard scoring strike to Shawn Gore on, get this, his first CIS play. The Rouge et Or rolled, 55-7.

  • Queen's all-Canadian linebacker Thaine Carter, who had shoulder surgery a couple months ago, has not ruled playing this season:
    "You just have to make sure everything is together before you make a decision ... I'd (like) to be here with my family and have one more run at the title."
    (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • Darryl Wheeler was The Closer for No. 2 Western on Saturday. In case anyone forgot, Wheeler had the touchdown save on an 85-yard missed field goal return by Guelph's Brad Lively at the end of the first half, bringing him down inside the 20.

    Talk about omens: Lively was replacing injured Jedd Gardner. Last season vs. Laurier, Gardner almost returned a missed field goal for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, but stepped out of bounds at the three-yard line. Guelph lost that game by two, just like it did Saturday. (Sun Media)

  •'s Jeff Blair points out that Laurier's all-purpose ace Dillon Heap is on pace to set a CIS record for punt-return yardage in a season. Heap has 27 returns for 441 yards halfway through the regular season; the mark is 777. It is dodgy to say "on pace" since how many good return opportunities a player will get is unpredictable.

    Queen's Jimmy Allin (26 returns for 415 yards) is also more than halfway to the mark.

  • As if it wasn't rough enough for Windsor after getting outscored 119-7 the past two games, one Ontario paper reported that the Lancers are 0-4 (actually, it is 2-2). Getting outscored by a factor of 17 over successive weeks ... The Scorpions should reunite to record a song called The Winds of Coaching Change.

  • Former Saint Mary's lineman Bryan Jordan won his MMA fight.
  • The Brandon Bobcats only have four holdovers from last season, but when two of them are Dany Charlery and Tarik Tokar, they should be OK. Acadia transfer Andrew Kraus (ask Carleton fans about him) is also out of drydock to run the point. (, which is gaining new fans every day)
  • How about those Nipissing Lakers? The new kids got their first two pre-season wins, beating Toronto 2-1 on Saturday and doubling up York 8-4 to win a pre-season tournament. Tyler Riel, a Winnipegger, and Lakehead transfer Ryan Maunu each scored twice vs. York. (Bay Today, North Bay Nugget)

  • St. Thomas' new goalie, Charles Lavigne, had a 49-save game in a Tommies pre-season win over Moncton. There's one notable result from weekend. (Daily Gleaner)
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  1. I think that Blair used the WLU press release as the basis for his comments about Heap... Ari Grossman wrote in his release that he's on pace to set a CIS record...

  2. About that first touchdown allowed by Laval : "...nous avons utilisé les services de tous nos joueurs en uniforme." Meaning every last guy dressed-up for the game saw field time.