Tylor Henry Alberta Golden Bears

EDMONTON – Tylor Henry and Tak Landry saved their best regular season performances for the right time, as the fifth-year veterans helped guide the Alberta Golden Bears back into the post-season for the first time since 2010.

 

Henry provided the offence for Alberta, while Landry was a man on a mission defensively, as the Bears downed the previously undefeated Calgary Dinos 53-3 Saturday afternoon in Calgary. The win, coupled with the Saskatchewan Huskies loss later in the day, punched the Bears’ playoff ticket. It also snapped a 14-game winless streak against Calgary on the field for Alberta, who hadn’t beaten the Dinos – excluding a forfeit win in 2014 – in nine years.

 

The Bears will now have the tough task of looking for back-to-back wins against Calgary, as the pair square off Saturday, Nov. 4 at McMahon Stadium (1 p.m. MDT) in the Hardy Cup semis.

 

Also claiming a weekly honour is Manitoba Bison defensive back Marcel Arruda-Welch. The rookie earns the special teams player of the week after his 75-yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter of Manitoba’s 36-32 come from behind win over the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday. Arruda-Welch’s return posted the first points of the night for the Herd, who had fallen behind 22-0 to Saskatchewan in a game they needed to win by 37 or more in order to leapfrog Alberta for the fourth and final playoff spot.

OFFENCE

WR – Tylor Henry
Alberta Golden Bears
5th-year
Camrose, Alta.
Physical Education & Recreation

 

What a way to head into the post-season. Fifth-year receiver Tylor Henry put on a pass catching show for the ages Saturday in Alberta’s 53-3 win over the Calgary Dinos, as the veteran receiver posted 159 receiving yards on nine catches. Most impressive for Henry though were his four touchdown receptions – an Alberta program record, which also tied him for second most all-time in a single CW game.

 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers draft pick played a central role in helping the Bears clinch their first post-season berth since 2010, as the Bears earned their first on-field victory over the Dinos in nearly a decade.

 

DEFENCE

DB – Tak Landry

Alberta Golden Bears

5th-year

Edmonton, Alta.

Science

 

Also big for the Bears in their clutch win was Tak Landry. The defensive back was all over the field for the Bears, registering 10.5 tackles, a tackle for loss, and four pass breakups. While impressive, those numbers weren’t even the best on the day for the fifth-year. The Edmonton native forced a fumble, recovered a pair of fumbles, and registered an interception in the lopsided victory.

 

Landry and Henry will need to be big again this weekend, as the Bears head south for a rematch with the Dinos in the Hardy Cup semis. The playoff game will be the first in both player’s careers, as Alberta takes aim at their first post-season victory since their 31-30 semifinal win over Saskatchewan back in 2010.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

RET – Marcel Arruda-Welch

Manitoba Bisons

1st-year

Winnipeg, Man.

University 1

 

Rounding out the Week 8 winners is Marcel Arruda-Welch. The first-year defensive back sparked the first bit of life for the Manitoba Bisons Saturday against the Saskatchewan Huskies when he returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. That major cut into the Huskies 22-0 lead in a game Manitoba eventually won 36-32 thanks to a touchdown with less than 20 seconds left in the game.

 

The win improved Manitoba’s record to 2-6 on the season, as the Bisons stormed back to end Saskatchewan’s playoff hopes a week after seeing their own post-season hopes dashed.