Canada West football returned to action this past weekend after the conference bye, as Regina’s Atlee Simon continued his record book climb.
The fourth-year running back was dynamite for the Rams in Edmonton on Saturday, posting 206 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards. The Education student reached the end zone three times to become the program’s all-time TD leader and claim the conference’s offensive player of the week award. He now sits tied for eighth all-time in the CW record book for career TDs.
Also a player of the week from Regina is kicker Daniel Scraper, who delivered a trio of field goals to help the Rams to their 58-55 double-overtime win over Alberta. Scraper delivered the game-winning boot from 26 yards out, as Regina improved to 4-2 on the season.
Rounding out the players of the week is Calgary’s Adam Laurensse, who posted 7.5 tackles, including a late sack, to earn defensive player of the week honours after helping the Dinos improve their record to 6-0 with a 36-27 win over Manitoba.
RB – Atlee Simon
Offensively, Regina Rams running back Atlee Simon is the player of the week after etching his name in the Rams record book. The fourth-year veteran became the program’s all-time touchdown leader, thanks to a trio of majors in the Rams 58-55 double overtime win over Alberta. Simon’s big day increased his career TD total to 29, breaking a tie with former Rams and CFL great Jason Clermont for the program record.
On the day, Simon rushed for 206 yards and added 59 receiving yards, with the two of his three majors coming through the air. Simon’s biggest play of the day was his 53-yard rumble to the end zone in the second quarter, which put the Thom Collegiate grad atop the Rams TD list.
Regina’s win, coupled with Calgary’s victory over Manitoba, secured the Rams a playoff spot with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Regina returns to action this Saturday with a pivotal home matchup with the first-place Dinos.
DB – Adam Laurensse
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In Calgary, defensive back Adam Laurensse played a key role for the Dinos in their 36-27 win over the Bisons. The fifth-year veteran registered a total of 7.5 tackles, including a 12-yard sack late in the fourth quarter to stamp out any attempt at a Manitoba comeback.
Laurensse also added a pass breakup in the victory, as Calgary remained undefeated on the season, improving their record to 6-0.
K – Daniel Scraper
This week’s special teams player of the week is Regina’s Daniel Scraper, who had his best game of the season at the right time. The placekicker went 3-for-3 on field goals and 7-for-7 on extra points, accounting for 16 of Regina’s 58 total points in their double-overtime win over Alberta.
Scraper hit from 19 and 34 yards in regulation, but his biggest moment of the day came in double-overtime. After the Rams and Bears traded majors on their first overtime possessions, the game came down to Scraper in the second OT period, following Alberta hitting the upright with their field goal attempt. Scraper made no mistake, nailing the winner from 26 yards out to lift Regina to their fourth win of the season, as the Rams maintained second-place in the CW standings.