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UToday HomeNovember 5, 2012

The Dinos pounded the Bisons 57-18 on the weekend for the right to host the Hardy Cup Saturday afternoon against the Regina Rams. Photo by David MollThe Dinos pounded the Bisons 57-18 on the weekend for the right to host the Hardy Cup Saturday afternoon against the Regina Rams. Photo by David Moll

The University of Calgary Dinos are off to their fifth-straight Hardy Cup game after a 57-18 win over the Manitoba Bisons Saturday night at McMahon Stadium.

Looking for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Canada West title, the third-ranked Dinos (8-1) will host the No. 7 Regina Rams (7-2) next Saturday, Nov. 10 (TSN, 2 p.m.) at McMahon Stadium.

The four-time defending conference champs stepped on the gas early and didn’t relent, taking a 42-0 lead into halftime and cruising to their second big win over the Bisons in as many weeks after a 78-54 victory over the Bisons in the final game of the regular season.

“Initially, it was outstanding tonight,” said Dinos head coach Blake Nill, who will lead his charges into their 11th home playoff game since 2008 next Saturday against Regina. “We need to learn the skill of playing with focus and intensity – it’s not the easiest situation to be in a game that’s determined probably by halftime, but we need to play with that for 60 minutes.”

Special teams played a major role for the Dinos in the game. With the stated goal of neutralizing the Manitoba duo of returners Nic Demski and Anthony Coombs, Calgary kicked away from the pair all night and limited the Bisons to a total of just 52 yards on nine returns. On the other side of the ball, Calgary got a punt block from Adam Ballingall that led to a field goal, while Jake Harty had an outstanding night with 269 all-purpose yards.

The lion’s share of those came on one play late in the third quarter. After Kienan LaFrance had finally gotten the Bisons on the scoreboard with more than 10 minutes gone in the third, Harty received the ensuing kickoff on the goal-line, found a seam, and returned it all the way to put the Dinos up 49-6. The 110-yard return was the longest in Canada West history, edging former Dino Anthony Parker’s 108-yard return in the 2009 Canada West semi-final game.

Harty added a 17-yard receiving touchdown from Eric Dzwilewski late in the first half. He was the Dinos’ leading receiver on the night with eight catches for 106 yards.

Mercer Timmis opened the scoring for the Dinos on a one-yard run six minutes into the contest. A 22-yard Johnny Mark field goal made it 10-0, and a two-yard Steven Lumbala touchdown late in the first quarter gave Calgary a 17-0 lead into the second. The second quarter had been the Dinos’ best all season – scoring 140 points in eight games during the second stanza – and that trend continued Saturday. A 26-yard field goal from Mark led to a 26-yard Chris Dobko catch from Andrew Buckley, a 45-yard interception return major by Cyril Iwanegbe, and Harty’s receiving TD as Calgary built up a big 42-0 lead at the half.

Denzel Morrison scored Calgary’s other major, a 22-yard run in the late stages of the fourth.

The Dinos now get set for the Rams, the only team to beat them in 2012, in next Saturday’s conference championship game, looking for their 14th Hardy Cup title. The Canada West champion will travel to play the winner of next week’s Ontario final between McMaster and Guelph in the CIS Mitchell Bowl for a berth in the Vanier Cup.

 

SCORING SUMMARY

1st Quarter
CGY – Mercer Timmis 1-yard TD run (Johnny Mark convert), 5:59, 7-0 CGY
CGY – Johnny Mark 22-yard FG, 8:17, 10-0 CGY
CGY – Steven Lumbala 2-yard TD run (Johnny Mark convert), 14:06, 17-0 CGY

2nd Quarter
CGY – Johnny Mark 36-yard FG, 1:37, 20-0 CGY
CGY – Chris Dobko 26-yard TD catch from Andrew Buckley (Johnny Mark convert), 6:54, 27-0 CGY
CGY – Cyril Iwanegbe 45-yard interception return TD (Johnny Mark convert), 9:53, 34-0 CGY
CGY – Jake Harty 17-yard TD catch from Eric Dzwilewski (Johnny Mark convert), 14:13, 41-0 CGY
CGY – Johnny Mark 45-yard missed FG single, 15:00, 42-0 CGY

3rd Quarter
MAN – Kienan LaFrance 1-yard TD run (Kienan LaFrance run failed), 10:03, 42-6 CGY
CGY – Jake Harty 110-yard kickoff return touchdown (Johnny Mark convert), 10:21, 49-6 CGY

4th Quarter
MAN – Kienan LaFrance 20-yard TD catch from Cam Clark (Cam Clark pass failed), 2:24, 49-12 CGY
MAN – Kienan LaFrance 38-yard TD catch from Cam Clark (Cam Clark pass failed), 3:46, 49-18 CGY
CGY – Denzel Morrison 22-yard TD run (Johnny Mark convert), 12:39, 56-18 CGY
CGY – Johnny Mark 46-yard punt single, 14:43, 57-18 CGY