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Dinos mash Mustangs to reach Vanier Cup

Will meet Laval Rouge et Or to decide CIS supremacy

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Laval quarterback Alex Skinner threw two TD passes against Mount Allison.

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Laval quarterback Alex Skinner threw two TD passes against Mount Allison.

The third-ranked Calgary Dinos blew out the top-ranked Western Mustangs 44-3 at the Mitchell Bowl on Saturday to go on to face the defending champion, and number-two ranked Laval Rouge et Or in the Vanier Cup next weekend in the CIS football championship.

Rashaun Simonise gave the host Dinos a 17-0 lead in the first quarter when he scored on an 80-yard punt return.

Andrew Buckley threw two touchdown passes for Calgary, a 15-yarder to Brett Blaszko that made it 10-0 in the first quarter, and a 24-yarder to Jake Harty in the third quarter, making it 27-3.

Buckley finished the game completing 18 of 27 passes for 211 yards, with no interceptions.

Mercer Timmis and Doctor Cassama scored the other Dino touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Timmis scored on a 41-yard run, and Cassama, on a 71-yard interception. Timmis finished the game with 16 carries for 131 yards.

Western quarterback Will Finch completed 9 of 20 passes for 105 yards, and was intercepted once before he was injured in the second quarter. His replacement, Blake Huggins completed 1 of 11 passes the rest of the way, and was intercepted once.

Mustangs running back Yannick Harou ran 17 times for 87 yards.

Johnny Mark booted three field goals for the Dinos, and Liriam Hajrullahu provided all of the Western points with a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Laval 48, Mount Allison 21

At Sackville, N.B., Pascal Lochard carried Laval to its fourth-straight Vanier Cup.

Lochard scored three touchdowns and rushed for 107 yards as Laval downed the Mount Allison Mounties 48-21 on Saturday to win the Uteck Bowl, Eastern Canada's university football championship.

Lochard's first two TDs gave Laval a 14-0 lead. The Rouge et Or would add to that, building a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

"It wasn't our best performance of the season. After a great start, we made way too many mental mistakes, especially in the third quarter," said Laval head coach Glen Constantin, who felt the need to address his team on the sidelines early in the fourth quarter.

"We went back to the basics in the fourth and had a few good drives. We'll have to play better next week."

Laval won Quebec's football championship, while the Mounties were the Atlantic conference's title holders. The Rouge et Or are the first team in Canadian Interuniversity Sport history to advance to four straight Vanier Cups.

Alex Skinner completed 18-of-26 passes including two touchdown strikes to Maxime Boutin and Guillaume Rioux for Laval. Boutin was dominant, receiving for a total of 105 yards and rushing for another 163.

"We're very happy with the win, especially since this was the first Bowl victory in the Maritimes in three tries for our program," said Rioux. "We're excited to go back to the show and defend our title at home."

Rioux also scored on a punt return and the Rouge et Or had three team safeties. Kicker Boris Bede was six for six on conversions.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 17, 2013 B16

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