Yantz, Ballingall, Schmidt, Canada West football Players of week 7


October 21, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – Jordan Yantz of the Manitoba Bisons, along with Calgary Dinos Adam Ballingall and Michael Schmidt, have been selected Week 7 Canada West football Players of the Week after helping lead their respective teams to victory.

OFFENCE: #10 Jordan Yantz, Manitoba

Home: Regina, SK

Height: 6-1

Year: 5th

Academic: University One

In a crucial road game, the Manitoba Bisons Football team (4-3) went into #7 Saskatchewan Huskies and defeated them at Saskatoon for the first time since the 2006 season with a 33-26 win on Friday. With the win, Manitoba clinched a playoff spot and now has a chance to host a playoff game.

The fourth-year Bisons QB Jordan Yantz went 18-32 for a 364 passing yards with 4 TDs and 1 INT and also added 50 rushing yards on seven carries.

The four touchdowns matches his career high so far with the Bisons and he generated two TD drives in the fourth quarter when the Bisons were behind to lead the team to the win and capped with a 28 yard pass to Alex Vitt for the winning score with 5:50 left in the contest. Yantz threw touchdown passes (21, 27, 28 and 41 yards) to four different receivers.

The Regina native is second in Canada West with 2,104 passing yards (only 24 yards away from setting new Bison all-time high) from 128-230 and first in conference with 20 touchdowns thrown (new Bison all-time high) in seven conference regular season games.

In week eight, Manitoba finishes the conference regular season on the road at the Alberta Golden Bears (0-7) on Saturday, October 26 with 6 p.m. CT kickoff.

DEFENCE: #15 Adam Ballingall, Calgary

Home: Kamloops, BC

Height: 6-2

Year: 3rd

Academic: Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary defensive back Adam Ballingall returned to his offensive roots Friday night as the Dinos defeated the Regina Rams 46-27.

In addition to picking up two solo and two assisted tackles on the night, the Kamloops, B.C. native helped break the game open in the fourth quarter and get one of his teammates a conference record. After Mercer Timmis scored his 17th touchdown of the season to make the score 38-21 Calgary, the Rams started driving downfield. Balingall, a converted receiver, picked off a Cayman Shutter pass on his own 29-yard line and returned it 63 yards to the Regina 18. On the very next play, Timmis rumbled the rest of the way to the end zone to become the Dinos’ and the conference’s new single-season touchdown leader with his 18th of the year.

Ballingall, a third-year student in the Schulich School of Engineering, and the Dinos look to wrap up an undefeated season when they host the UBC Thunderbirds Friday night at McMahon Stadium.

SPECIAL TEAMS: #13 Michael Schmidt, Calgary

Home: Calgary, AB

Height: 5-11

Year: 2nd

Academic: Haskayne School of Business

You never know when you’re going to make an impact on a football game.

With the Regina Rams having just scored to make Friday night’s game a two-point affair in the second quarter, Calgary Dinos defensive back Michael Schmidt stepped on the field for the ensuing kickoff and drove a stake into any confidence and momentum the Rams had going.

Schmidt caught the Rams’ onside attempt on the fly and ran straight to the end zone, without so much as a Regina fingernail touching him along the way. The touchdown, Calgary’s first non-offensive major of the season, re-established a 9-point lead for the Dinos and they never looked back, taking a 46-27 win over the Rams to improve their record to 7-0 on the season.

A Haskayne School of Business student, Schmidt has started all seven games at cornerback for the Dinos and has recorded 29 tackles on the season. He and his teammates will go for the school’s first-ever undefeated record on the field Friday night as they wrap up the regular season with a tilt against the UBC Thunderbirds at McMahon Stadium, with kickoff at 6 p.m. MT.

Next Players of the Week: Monday, October 28

Canada West Annual Publication: www.azbycx1928.com/cw78hjfdbje/ 

David Bandla, Communications

Canada West Universities Athletic Association

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