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Queen's Golden Gaellery by Jeff Chan
2008 East West Bowl
HAMILTON (CIS) - EAST CLAIMS FIRST EAST WEST TITLE - In front of a crowd of 2433, the East team secured it's first bowl win in history beating the West squad 25-12 in the sixth annual East West Bowl at the brand new Ron Joyce Stadium on the campus at McMaster University on Saturday.
The East West Bowl showcases CIS players who will be eligible for the 2009 CFL draft. The East squad was comprised of student-athletes representing institutions from the Atlantic and Quebec conferences in addition to Ottawa, Queen's, York and Toronto, while the West squad was made up of players from universities west of the GTA.
In what is typical form for an all-star contest penalties were frequent in the early going. The East team was the first to catch a break when a fumbled punt return was erased by a no yards penalty. The penalty also gave the East great field possession to start what would be their first scoring drive. Another West penalty keep the drive alive and ended with a James Michener 37-yard field goal to open the scoring.
The East also got a good defensive effort in the early going from Acadia's Elliot Richardson who intercepted 1 ball and barley missed picking off two others. The defense also pinned the West deep in their own zone forcing West punter Scott Dixon to concede a safety to give the East a 5-0 lead. The East's defense continued to dominate much of the game finishing with 39 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.
While the East defense held the West in check the East offense started to find its groove. Queen's Danny Brannagan connected with Mount Allison's Gary Ross for a 50 yard reception to give the East first and goal. Brannagan then hit Sherbrooke's Jonathan Masse-Smard for a 3-yard touch down strike to improve the East's lead to 11-0. Michener made the ensuing extra point to put the East by 12.
Down twelve the West offense put together their first successful drive of the contest. Laurier's Ian Noble tossed a ball that McMaster's Matt Giordano caught in traffic amongst four defenders for 11 yards to setup Dixon's 34-yard field goal. Dixon's successful attempt to got the West on board.
The West defense got good pressure on the East quarterbacks in the second quarter. That translated into a Michener conceded a safety by the East to cut their lead to 12-5. The West finished the game with 5 sacks as a team.
The East would respond however. McGill's Anthony Lukas recovered a fumble for the East and a 19-yard reception for Ottawa's Matthew Bolduc from Laval's Benoit Groulx setup a 37-yard Michener field goal to put the East back up by 10 points, 15-5.
Attempting to close their deficit prior to half, Guelph's Justin Dunk ran for 19 yards to get the West into the East's territory with time ticking away in the half. Dunk then hit Saskatchewan's Travis Gorsky for a 16 yard reception setting up a 34 yard field Dixon attempt that was wide right giving the West one point.
The East would head to the locker room up 15-6.
The second half started on a sour note for the West as they fumbled on their opening possession. That would prove costly. On the ensuing possession Concordia's Cedric Ferdinand ran for 24 yards to put the East in the red zone once again. Mount Allison quarterback Kelly Hughes powered his way to the one-yard line on a 7-yard rush and then scored on another QB keeper to build the East lead to 21-6. Hughes continued to show his ability to scramble outside the pocket with a 21-yard gain in the third quarter. Hughes finished the game with 4 carries for 37 yards and the touchdown.
Michener connected on his second 37-yard field goal, his third of game, to start the fourth quarter improving the East lead to 19 points. Michener was named the East MVP hitting all three of his field goals attempts.
The West capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter when Manitoba's Simon Blaszczak caught a 25 yd pass from Laurier's Ian Noble to make the final sore Ease 25 West 12.
Danny Brannagan was the top passer for the East finishing with five completions on eleven attempts for 78 yards and a touchdown. Gary Ross was the top East receiver with 4 catches for 76 yard with a long of 50. Bishop's Jamal Lee and his 10 carries for 47 yards powered the East ground game.
For the West squad Ian Noble was the top arm completing seven of eleven passes for 89 yards and a score. Kevin D'Hollander, from host McMaster, finished with 6 catches for 67 yards to lead the West receivers. Saskatchewan's Tyler O'Gorman led all West rushers with 52 yards on 10 carries.
On defense for the East, Lukca led with 5 tackles and a fumble recover. McMaster's Simon Binder, a last minute injury replacement for the East, also had 5 tackles.
The West defense was anchored by Calgary's Andrea Bonaventura (5 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack) and Matt Grohn in the loss. (5 tackles)
GAME NOTES: The East team was coached by Steve Sumarah of the 2007 Vanier Cup finalist Saint Mary's Huskies... The West team was coached by Brian Dobie of the 2007 Vanier Cup champion Manitoba Bisons.
East 5-10-7-3: 25
West 0-6-0-6: 12
4:34 EAST James Michener 37-yard FG, East 3-0
9:52 EAST Safety, East 5-0
0:18 EAST Jonathan Massé-Simard 3-yard TD pass from Danny Brannagan (James Michener convert), East 12-0
5:34 WEST Scott Dixon 34-yard FG, East 12-3
9:48 WEST Safety, East 12-5
12:18 EAST James Michener 37-yard FG, East 15-3
13:45 WEST Scott Dixon rouge (missed FG), East 15-6
2:27 EAST Kelly Hughes 1-yard TD run (James Michener convert), East 22-6
0:43 EAST James Michener 37-yard FG, East 25-6
13:19 WEST Simon Blaszczak 25-yard TD pass from Ian Noble (2-point convert fails), East 25-12
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