NEW WESTMINSTER – After a wild double-overtime game that saw a combined 80 points scored, the Regina Rams and Saskatchewan Huskies headline this week’s Canada West football weekly awards.
Regina quarterback Noah Picton is the conference offensive player of the week after becoming just the second player in program history to throw for more than 400 yards, while also rushing for more than 100 in a single game.
On special teams, overtime hero Sean Stenger from Saskatchewan is the player of the week after accounting for 23 of the Huskies’ 41 points, including the game-tying and game-winning field goals.
Defensively, Manitoba’s DJ Lalama is the player of the week after setting a Bisons record for tackles in a game with 14. That total broke Teague Sherman’s record of 13, set back in 2012.
Week 2 of the Canada West football season opens this Thursday, when the Bisons head to Regina to take on the Rams (7 p.m. SK).
The game can be seen live on local Shaw TV, Shaw Direct 299, Shaw HD where available, as well as Access Communications.
Every Canada West football game can also be seen live and on demand on Canadawest.tv with early bird pricing available until Sept. 9.
OFFENCE: Noah Picton
Game log: Friday, Sept. 2 – 29-for-41, 471 yards passing, 108 yards rushing in 41-39 L @ Saskatchewan.
Third-year quarterback Noah Picton was sensational in the U of R’s Week 1 overtime loss to Saskatchewan, finishing 29-for-41 for 471 passing yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 108 yards – just the third time in history that a Rams quarterback has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a CIS game.
Picton’s passing yards and rushing yards totals were both career highs, with his 471 passing yards standing as the third-highest single-game total in U of R history. His 579 yards of total offence is the second most in school history, trailing only Teale Orban’s record of 597 set back during the 2006 season.
Picton and the Rams are preparing for their home opener, set for this Thursday against Manitoba.
DEFENCE: DJ Lalama
Game log: Thursday, Sept. 1 – 14 total tackles, forced fumble, break-up in 23-14 L vs. Calgary.
DJ Lalama set a new Bison record for most tackles in a single Canada West conference regular season game despite the No. 5 Manitoba Bisons losing 23-14 to the No. 7 Calgary Dinos in Winnipeg on Thursday, September 1. Lalama’s big day topped Teague Sherman’s existing record, set Oct. 20, 2012 vs. UBC (13 tackles).
Lalama registered a whopping 14 total tackles (11 solo) with 1.5 tackles for five yards lost and added one forced fumble and one break-up in the conference season opener game.
The fourth-year linebacker impacted the contest as his forced fumble lead to a Bison field goal attempt early in the second quarter. In addition, Lalama had 6.5 tackles in the third quarter alone and 7.5 in the second half as he was all over the field during the game.
Manitoba (0-1) now travels on the road to play the Regina Rams (0-1) on Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. MT.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Sean Stenger
Game log: Friday, Sept. 2 – 6-for-7 on field goals, including the game tying and winning field goals, responsible for 23 of Saskatchewan’s 41 points.
Third-year University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ kicker Sean Stenger recorded the game-tying and game-winning field goals in a 41-39 overtime win over provincial rival the Regina Rams on September 2 Saskatoon at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
The Engineering student’s 10-yard field goal in the second overtime sealed the victory in the first game of the Canada West season for both teams. It was the second clutch field goal for Stenger on the night after he already sent the game to overtime with a field goal as regulation time expired. He also hit from 35, 40, 27, 10 yards in the game. He added two rouge points to tally 23 of the 41 scored by his team in the game.
Stenger also recorded 245 punt yards and 212 yards on kickoffs in the game.
The Huskies (1-0) travel to Edmonton to meet the Alberta Golden Bears (0-1) Friday night.