Losses by Alberta and Regina has setup an interesting game this weekend in Edmonton, while Saskatchewan gave Calgary the lead in the conference courtesy a loss in Manitoba this past weekend. Here's a look at the past weekend of CW football, with a look to the next week of action.
There's not much to say about this game other than Regina and their third string quarterback Frankie Gray got whooped by a Calgary team that is once again emerging as the best in the conference.
The Dinos sophmore quarterback was far from dominant against the Rams throwing for only 90 yards on 10 passes, but he did toss three touchdowns. Calgary didn't have to do much in the Queen City, with Regina managing only eight first downs and a measly 177 yards of offence.
There is good news on the horizon for the Rams though, as quarterback Marc Mueller is expected to play this weekend against Alberta. That's the indication I have gotten from Bears head coach Jeff Stead who fully expects the fifth-year pivot to start this Saturday in Edmonton. There hasn't been word from the Rams, but Mueller's return seems increasingly likely this week.
Thanks to Manitoba's win over Saskatchewan the Huskies share of first place in the conference is no more, and Brian Towriss' status as the winningest coach in CIS history will have to wait one more week.
14-unanswered points by the Herd in the fourth quarter lifted the home side to their second win in as many weeks, and in doing so evened them with both Saskatchewan and UBC for second in the conference.
Grayson Wells sparked the Manitoba comeback in the fourth when he recovered Jerit Lambert's punt return fumble in the Saskatchewan in the endzone to make it 19-16 Bisons. That would be as close as Saskatchewan would come, getting shutout the rest of the way in the loss.
The Bisons head out to Vancouver this weekend for a key game against the 2-1 T-Birds who got their second win of the season with a 40-30 win over Alberta. Saskatchewan looks to get back on track this weekend against the Dinos in Calgary in what is the biggest game of the season thus far.
I wasn't sure UBC QB Billy Greene was the real deal until this past weekend when he was phenomenal against the Bears when he threw for 250 yards, three touchdowns, had no interceptions, and ran for 104 yards and a touchdown. With that effort he's undoubtedly among the top two, or three contenders for CW MVP and has been the major reason why the T-Birds are at 2-1.
With respect to Alberta, Julian Marchand wasn't horrible at QB going 15-of-19 for 152 yards and no interceptions, but once again the Bears couldn't score with him in the game. Only when backup Curtis Dell came in late in the third quarter did Alberta get the offence on the board. Dell tossed a pair of touchdowns - which gives him two more on the season than Marchand - to go with a KK Sonuga touchdown on the ground, but despite 22 points in the fourth it was too little, too late for the winless Bears.
Marchand will once again get the start again this weekend at home despite Dell's outstanding work in relief, while UBC looks to go to 3-1 with another home game this weekend.