NEW WESTMINSTER – Mitch Hillis made the most of his return to the Saskatchewan Huskies lineup, while Calgary’s Jack McEwen and Alberta’s Brent Arthur also had big games over the weekend, as the trio were named Canada West football players of the week Monday.
Hillis, who missed the last three games with injury, made a big impact for Saskatchewan in his return, racking up 175 receiving yards on 10 receptions. The Saskatoon, Sask. native hauled in a pair of touchdowns in the Huskies’ 40-10 win over the No. 10 UBC Thunderbirds to claim the conference offensive player of the week award.
On the opposite side of the ball, Calgary defensive lineman Jack McEwen is the conference player of the week after registering 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a 63-6 win over the Manitoba Bisons.
McEwen’s performance helped push the No. 5 Dinos to 5-1 on the season and into sole possession of first place with just two weeks left in the regular season.
Rounding out the players of the week is Alberta’s Brent Arthur, who kicked the Bears to their first win of the season on Saturday, with a surprising 19-18 win over the No. 4-ranked Regina Rams.
The Alberta kicker was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, including his 26-yard game winner with just 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Arthur’s honour makes him the first winner of a weekly award this season for the Golden Bears.
Dinos-Huskies set to clash on Shaw
Canada West, the N8 Group and Shaw are pleased to announce that this weekend’s Saskatchewan Huskies-Calgary Dinos game from McMahon Stadium (Sat., Oct. 22 / 1 p.m. MT) will be the Krown Produce Canada West Football Game of the Week.
The game marks the first of two television flex week games to finish the conference regular season, with Week 8’s televised game set to be released next week.
You can watch the Huskies and Dinos clash on local Shaw TV, Shaw Direct 299, Shaw HD where available, Access Communications’ channel 7/70 and CanadaWest.tv.
In addition to Saskatchewan vs. Calgary on Shaw, this weekend’s UBC vs. Regina matchup (Fri., Oct. 21 / 7 p.m. SK) will also be televised on Shaw, Access and CanadaWest.tv.
The Manitoba vs. Alberta game from Foote Field in Edmonton (Sat., Oct. 22 / 1 p.m MT) can be seen exclusively on CanadaWest.tv.
OFFENCE: Mitch Hillis
Game log: Friday, Oct. 14 – 10 receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-10 W vs. UBC.
University of Saskatchewan receiver Mitch Hillis tallied 175 receiving yards on 10 catches to lead the Huskies to a 40-10 win over the UBC Thunderbirds Friday night in Saskatoon.
The fourth-year Kinesiology student was just three-yards away from matching his career-best. His longest catch was a 77-yard touchdown reception 12:22 into the fourth quarter. He also scored on a 10-yard catch at 7:28 in the third.
Saskatchewan (3-3) travels to meet the Calgary Dinos (5-1) on Saturday, October 22nd.
DEFENCE: Jack McEwen
Game log: Friday, Oct. 14 – 5 solo tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble in 63-6 W vs. Manitoba Bisons.
Jack McEwen and the Dinos defence made it a long night for the Manitoba Bisons Friday in a 63-6 win for Calgary at McMahon Stadium.
The fourth-year defensive lineman out of Notre Dame High School was a key cog as the Dinos held the Bisons to just 95 rushing yards and sacked Manitoba QBs four times – three of which McEwen was in on. He finished with 5.5 tackles on the night, recording 2.5 sacks – one of which forced a fumble. He is third in the conference with 3.5 sacks on the season as Calgary continues to lead Canada West in virtually every defensive category.
The Dinos will close out their home schedule Saturday when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies at McMahon Stadium. Kickoff goes at 1 p.m., live on Shaw TV and CanadaWest.tv.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Brent Arthur
Alberta Golden Bears
Bright’s Grove, Ont.
Game log: Saturday, Oct. 15 – 4-for-4 on field goals, including a career-best 41-yarder in a 19-18 W vs. Regina.
Sophomore University of Alberta kicker Brent Arthur is the Canada West Special Teams Player of the Week after a perfect and game-winning day on the kicking tee against the CIS No.4-ranked Regina Rams.
Arthur, a transfer from NCAA Div II school Quincy University, connected on all four of his field goal attempts on Saturday, including a CIS career best 41-yarder and a 26-yarder with 18 seconds left in the game to help Alberta to their first win of the season – a 19-18 decision on Saturday at Foote Field in Edmonton.
The sophomore kicker, who originally hails from Bright’s Grove, Ont., came into the weekend having made 2-of-3 field attempts in his debut CIS season, with a long of 26-yards.
But on Saturday, Arthur was 4-for-4, including a career best 41-yarder with zeroes on the clock in the first half to make the score 12-6 at the break. He connected on two more in the second half, as well as one convert, to score 13 of Alberta’s total 19 points. He also notched the game winner with just 18 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
Alberta returns to action this weekend against the 2-4 Manitoba Bisons at Foote Field at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 22nd.