It was a fine afternoon for a football game on Saturday in London. Dillon Dimitroff and Cam Thorn both contributed for the West squad. According to the official stats Dimitroff had one reception (though I thought I remembered him making two) and Cam Thorn was in on two tackles, a solo effort and an assist. Unfortunately for Jake Piotrowski, he re-injured the same shoulder that kept him out of the Red&Black scrimmage at the end of last months spring practices. His participation was limited after the first day and he did not play in the game.
The West squad lost 24-16 in a game that saw the teams score nine field goals but only one touchdown. All Star games can be like that some times.
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It marked the third consecutive win for the East team at the annual event, presented by Under Armour, which showcases CIS players who are eligible for the following year’s Canadian Football League draft. The West, which won the first five confrontations from 2003 to 2007, still leads the all-time series 6-4.
The score was tied 6-6 after the opening quarter. The East led 12-8 at halftime and 24-10 after three periods.
The East had the edge in most statistical categories including first downs (24 to 23), total offensive yards (426 to 333), rushing yards (195 to 183) and passing yards (262 to 173).
Laval’s Tristan Grenon started at quarterback for the East and completed eight of 15 passes for a game-high 172 yards, with one interception. Queen’s Billy McPhee was 8-of-16 for 90 yards. Laval teammates Yannick Morin-Plante and Seydou Junior Haïdara both finished with four receptions for 47 yards, while Montreal’s Rotrand Sené was the East’s top rusher with 77 yards on seven carries.
St. Francis Xavier linebacker Brett Hubbeard led a strong defensive effort for the winners with a match-high 9.5 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. Sherbrooke defensive back Patrick Chénard was second on the team with 6.5 tackles, including 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage.
For the West, starting pivot Khaleal Williams went 9-of-17 for 31 yards. Windsor’s Austin Kennedy had the best statistics among all quarterbacks on the day as he was good on 18 of 23 attempts for 142 yards, while leading all players in the contest with 89 ground yards on 10 rushes. He was intercepted once. Calgary running back Steven Lumbala caught eight balls for 15 yards and added 65 yards on 13 carries.
McMaster linebacker Ben D’Aguilar was a force on defence in the losing effort with 6.5 tackles, including a sack.