Courtesy of Western University Athletics / Photocredit Adam Gagnon, CFL.ca
LONDON, Ont. (CIS) – Three field goals from Acadia Axemenkicker Ryan Begin helped the East team claim a 19-12 win in the12th East West Bowl, presented by Under Armour, at TD Stadium onthe campus of Western University, on Saturday.
With the victory, the East avenged last year’s 18-17 lossat the annual CIS football prospects game and has won four of thepast five contests, narrowing the West’s overall series leadto 7-5.
Begin, from Orleans, Ont., hit field goals from 20, 47, and17-yards to go 3-4 on the day while adding one extra point and onesingle for 11 total points. He also handled punting duties for theEast, recording averaging 39.1 yards on nine attempts for 352 totalyards.
“I thought I improved throughout the week,” saidBegin, who missed from 29 yards out in the second quarter. “Icame in a little rusty off of the winter but overall I think I cameout to play today which is the main thing. I’m pretty happy withthe way that I played. I missed that one easy field goal but youknow these things happen.”
The East jumped out to an early 13-0 lead at the end of thefirst quarter thanks to a pair of field goals from Begin and a31-yard touchdown pass from Carleton’s Jesse Mills toConcordia’s Jamal Henry. A safety only eight seconds into thesecond stanza made it 15-0.
The West bounced back in the second quarter, picking up theirfirst points of the day thanks to a conceded safety 1:25 in, beforeUBC’s Brandon Deschamps scored the team’s lone major ofthe day on a one-yard run at 6:08 to make it 15-9 at halftime.
Following a scoreless third frame, Concordia kicker KeeganTreloar pulled Team West to within three points midway through thefinal quarter with a 27-yard field goel. However, StFX linebackerRon Omara picked off a pass from Manitoba quarterback Jordan Yantzon the West’s next drive to set up another field goal fromBegin. The Acadia kicker added to his point total on the ensuingkickoff, recording a single to round out the scoring at 19-12, with2:17 left on the clock.
Team West had a glorious opportunity to tie things up or even gofor the win on its next drive, making it down to the East’sfive-yard line thanks in large part to a 52-yard pass from Yantz toBisons teammate Nic Demski. However a holding penalty and tightdefence allowed the East to shut the door and walk away with thevictory.
“It was good,” said East offensive coordinator andMount Allison Mounties head coach Kelly Jeffrey when asked abouthis team’s performance. “It seemed to be a game of bigplays. A couple times the West was driving and we had some bigpicks to turn the tide and change field position. We had some verygood offensive drives that didn’t end in touchdowns but they reallychanged the tide and field position, got points out of it.
“Both sides were loaded with talent and we were justfortunate there. You know if the game was about ten seconds longerwe might have been in trouble.”
Although it was the East team that emerged with the win, playersand coaches know that players from both teams can walk away fromEast West Bowl week with something to show from taking part in theCIS’ annual all-star showcase.
“This is huge,” said Begin on getting to showcasehis skills in front of CFL personnel. “I know personally thatI think I kind of go under the radar a little bit in terms ofkickers who get talked about, so I think just trying to put myselfon the map a little bit is definitely helpful. It’s definitely verybig for me.”
Yantz was the most productive quarterback on the day, throwingfor 238 yards on 11 for 23 passing with one interception. His Westteammate Jazz Lindsey from the Guelph Gryphons was 6-for-15 withtwo interceptions and 58 total yards.
On the East side, Sherbrooke pivot Jérémi Roch putup the highest totals for his team, completing 9-of-15 passes withone interception and 124 yards. Mills recorded the East’slone touchdown pass while going 2-for-5 with 34 yards, whileMcGill’s Dillon Kuprowski completed six of seven passes for27 yards.
Demski lead all receivers with 159 yards on seven catches, whileSaint Mary’s Melvin Abankwah hauled in three passes for 58yards to top the East.
In addition to being the day’s leading passer, Yantz wasalso the game’s top rusher, picking up 49 yards on fivecarries. StFX’s Ashton Dickson was second with 30 yards onfive attempts to lead the East.
Montreal defensive back Anthony Coady led the East with sixtackles, while Queen’s Brendan Morgan, suiting up for theWest team due to a shortage of eligible defensive backs, led allWest players with 4.5 stops. Coady’s Montreal teammateJean-Samuel Blanc and Western’s Rory Connop each led theirrespective teams with two sacks.
Overall, despite the final score, the West led in totaloffensive yards (398-242), passing yards (296-185) and rushingyards (124-101), while both sides had 16 first downs apiece.
GAME NOTES: The East West Bowl showcases – for the mostpart – CIS players who will be eligible for the followingyear’s CFL Canadian draft… The East side is comprised ofstudent-athletes representing schools from the Atlantic and Quebecconferences, as well as Queen’s, Ottawa, Carleton andToronto. The West contingent is made up of standouts from CanadaWest and the remaining OUA universities.
EAST 13-2-0-4: 19
WEST 0-9-0-3: 12
EAST – FG Ryan Begin 20 4:20 (EAST 3-0)
EAST – TD Jamal Henry 31 pass from Jesse Mills (Ryan Beginkick) 9:07 (EAST 10-0)
EAST – FG Ryan Begin 47 12:09 (EAST 13-0)
EAST – Safety 0:08 (EAST 15-0)
WEST – Safety 1:25 (EAST 15-2)
WEST – TD Brandon Deschamps 1 run (Keegan Treloar kick) 6:08 (EAST15-9)
WEST – FG Keegan Treloar 27 8:46 (EAST 15-12)
EAST – FG Ryan Begin 17 12:33 (EAST 18-12)
EAST – Rouge Ryan Begin 12:43 (EAST 19-12)
ALL-TIME EASTWEST BOWL RESULTS:
2014 (at Western): East 19, West 12
2013 (at Western): West 18, East 17
2012 (at Western): East 24, West 16
2011 (at Western): East 34, West 27 (OT)
2010 (at Western): East 12, West 9
2009 (at Western): West 16, East 7
2008 (at McMaster): East 25, West 12
2007 (at Laval): West 22, East 19 (OT)
2006 (at Laval): West 34, East 26 (OT)
2005 (at Laurier): West 34, East 16
2004 (at Laurier): West 21, East 12
2003 (at Laurier): West 10, East 5
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