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2017 East West Bowl
Queen's Golden Gaels represented by Nate Hobbs, Nelkas Kwemo and Wes Mann (Jason Shamatutu selected but unable to play). Ben D'Andrea will coach Special Teams for Team East.
U SPORTS is pleased to announce Laval University will host the annual East West Bowl in 2017 and 2018 with three Gaels taking part.
Gaels Quarterback Nate Hobbs, defensive back Wes Mann and linebacker Nelkas Kwemo will all suit up for Team East.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE (including ticket info): http://en.usports.ca/eastwestbowl
The Rouge et Or, who will host the week¬long event featuring U SPORTS football players heading into their Canadian Football League draft year, last welcomed Canada's top university prospects in 2006 and 2007. The 15th annual event will be played at TELUS¬UL Stadium on Saturday, May 13th at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
The 2017 edition, which kicks off on Monday, May 8th, also includes four days of practices, a combine for participating players, a CFL free¬ agent camp, as well as the traditional East¬ West Bowl banquet.
"We are absolutely thrilled to host the East¬West Bowl week again, and our wish is that players, coaches, CFL personnel and fans make the most of it," said Laval head coach Glen Constantin. "It will be another great opportunity to showcase the top football players from coast to coast in a premium setting ¬ a stadium that has been the venue to four national championship games and numerous outstanding contests, drawing year in, year out the biggest crowds in Canadian university football."
Prior to a two ¬year run at McGill in 20015 and 2016, the East ¬West Bowl had been held in London for six straight years (2009-¬2014), as well as in Hamilton (2008), and Laurier (2003¬2005).For the most part, the East team for the prospects game is comprised of players from the AUS and RSEQ conferences as well as Carleton, Ottawa and Queen's, while the West contingent is made up of student¬ athletes from Canada West and the remaining OUA universities. Last year, the West defeated the East 29¬-14 for their first win since 2013, extending their lead in the all¬-time series to 8¬6.
No less than 16 standouts who will take the field on May 13 have been named All¬-Canadians since the start of their U SPORTS careers. Reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner Noah Picton of the Regina Rams, along with Kyle Siemens of the Saskatchewan Huskies will quarterback the West team. Laval's Hugo Richard, MVP of the 52nd ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup and Nate Hobbs of Queen's will be under centre for the East side. In his third season with Regina, Picton broke the U SPORTS record for passing yards with 3,186, while Richard threw for two touchdowns and rushed in the game¬ winning score to lead the Rouge et Or to a 31¬26 victory over Calgary, the team's ninth Vanier Cup title.
All photos are by Jeff Chan. Jeff is past Chairman of the Vanier Cup - Canada's University Football Championship and the Premier University Event in Canada, and was a member of the Canadian College Bowl Board and Vanier Cup Organizing Committee from 1978-2001.
All photos are Copyright (c) Jeff Chan, and may be used for personal non-commercial applications including by Queen's University, U Sports and its member conferences, so long as photo credits are shown or the photos are otherwise attributed to Jeff Chan. All other rights, including for all corporate use, are reserved.
EAST 13 , WEST 37
WEST TAKES 2017 EAST WEST BOWL IN DOMINATING FASHION 37-13
Three Queen's Gaels took part during the 15th annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl, at TELUS-UL Stadium in front of 6,528 fans in Quebec City on Saturday afternoon. Nate Hobbs, Nelkas Kwemo and Wesley Mann all saw time suiting up for Team East on Saturday.
Regina quarterback Noah Picton threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the East, paving the way for a 37-13 West victory.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://en.usports.ca/eastwestbowl/index
With a second consecutive win, the West improves its record to 9-6 since the Canadian Football League top prospects game was inaugurated in 2003.
Picton, who won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2016, awarded to the most outstanding U SPORTS player, continued his stellar year when he was awarded the game's MVP title for the West, after completing 15 passes in 20 attempts for 228 yards and two majors, in addition to scoring one himself on the field.
For the East, the MVP title was awarded to Bishop's Gaiters kicker Vincent Dubé, who was responsible for his team's 13 points with four field goals and one single.
The West got the first scoring chance of the game on its third attack in the first quarter. However, running back Atlee Simon from the Regina Rams dropped the ball at the 1-yard line, putting an end to the threat. The West's defensive pressure forced the East to give up a safety. After 15 minutes of play, the West led 2-0.
The East retaliated on the first play of the second quarter. Dubé completed a 36-yard field goal to give his team a 3-2 lead, before putting up another point on the board after a long punt on the following sequence.
Hugo Richard, the newly named quarterback for Laval's Rouge et Or, saw his pass intercepted by Jayden McKoy (Manitoba) who brought the ball back 29 yards to the East's 4-yard line. Two plays later, Saskatchewan Huskies quarterback Kyle Siemensthrew a touchdown pass to UBC's Will Watson to give a 9-4 advantage to the West.
Guelph kicker Gabriel Ferraro added to his team's lead with a single on the next kick off. Ferraro and Dubé exchanged a pair of field goals at the very end of the half, before Ferraro was about to add three points to the West's lead, when a penalty to the East gave them a second chance to attack. Picton seized the opportunity to score a major on a three-yard run. At the half, the West held a 13-point lead, 20-7.
The kicker showdown continued during the third quarter. Dubé completed a 14-yard field goal, his third of the game, just before his counterpart, Ferraro, stringed his second, a long 42-yard kick, to bring the gap back to a 13-point lead for the West.
The West stole the game in the fourth quarter. After Dubé narrowed the East's gap to 23-13, Picton threw two touchdown passes to Mitch Kernick (Waterloo) and Richmond Nketiah (Waterloo) to bring the game to 37-13.
The West dominated offensively, with 457 yards compared to the East's 344, leading 331- 242 in the air and 133-111 on the field.
In addition to Picton, quarterback Kyle Siemens also got in on the action for the West, completing 10 of his 18 pass attempts for 103 yards and one major.
For the East, Richard completed 11 of his 21 attempts for 153 yards and two interceptions, while Queen's quarterback Nate Hobbs picked up 89 yards, completing 10 of his 17 throws.
Étienne Moisan (Laval) led the West with 80 yards receiving on four catches, while Guillaume Paquet of the Montreal Carabins had five catches for 92 yards. Tyler Chow (Saskatchewan) and Simon, both representing the West, led the charge on the field with 70 and 64 yards rushing, respectively.
Defensively, linebacker Nelkas Kwemo (Queen's) led both teams with nine tackles, eight of which were solo. On the West side, linebacker Danny Nesbitt (Regina) stood out with an interception, a quarterback sack and 2.5 tackles.
NOTES: The U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl features, in the majority of cases, U SPORTS players who will be eligible for the CFL Draft the following year ... The East team is composed of, in the majority of cases, athletes representing the Atlantic and Quebec conference institutions, as well as Queen's, Ottawa and Carleton. The West contingent is made up of football players from Canada West and the other universities from the Ontario conference ... Laval was hosting the event for the third time in its history after the 2006 and 2007 editions. The 2018 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl will also take place on the university campus in Sainte-Foy.
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