If the aim is to be at your finest strolling into any championship sport, the Western Mustangs and the Saskatchewan Huskies are proper the place they need to be in Quebec Metropolis.
Western’s defence has allowed precisely 9 factors of their final 10 quarters of soccer. The Mustangs have outscored their opponents 174-42 in post-season video games and 24 of the factors scored towards them got here within the first half of their first playoff sport towards the Waterloo Warriors. Western shut out the Warriors within the second half of that sport.
The Mustang offence is constructed on a working sport that rushed for 469 yards in a nationwide semi-final final weekend. It boasts OUA speeding champion Eager Edwards, proficient veteran Trey Humes and first-year standout Edouard Wanadi. The true engine of what the Mustangs do on the bottom is their offensive line. Head coach Greg Marshall calls it, “among the finest that I’ve ever coached.”
Western Mustangs win the 113th Yates Cup
The Huskies can establish what Western does as a result of they do some very comparable issues. They blew via the College of British Columbia 39-17 after which crushed the Manitoba Bisons 49-17 on their option to a nationwide semi-final that matched the U of S up towards a really proficient Montreal Carabins squad. Saskatchewan put collectively an 83-yard drive late within the sport and scored a landing with 5 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter to win 14-10.
The Huskies could lean somewhat extra to the passing sport led by quarterback Mason Nyhus who ranked second within the nation with 16 landing passes this yr however additionally they boast a two-headed backfield in working backs Adam Machart and Josh Ewanchyna.
The Huskies defence held its opposition to a median of 113 speeding yards per sport in order that will probably be one of many key matchups in what is anticipated to be a cold December day at Laval Stadium. The anticipated excessive is -14 C.
Each faculties rank within the top-five for Vanier Cup victories. The Mustangs prepared the ground with seven. Saskatchewan has gained three.
In 1994 Western and the Huskies mixed for some of the memorable College championships ever.
Quarterbacks Warren Goldie of the Mustangs and Brent Schneider of Saskatchewan marched their offences up and down the sphere at what was then the SkyDome in Toronto, Ont., and the Huskies discovered themselves up 37-34 with 1:04 remaining.
Goldie and Western bought to inside a 42-yard subject aim and Mustang kicker Frank Jagas nailed it to drive additional time.
After Jagas and U of S kicker Akis Georgeacacos exchanged subject targets within the first additional time, the groups headed to double additional time the place Jagas put Western forward by three factors with yet one more subject aim after which Mustang defensive again Anthony Lane sealed a nationwide championship as he returned a punt 77-yards for a landing in a 50-40 Western win.
The climate could make it powerful to attain 90 factors on Saturday however with the expertise on each side of the ball, absolutely anything is feasible in what strains as much as be a wonderful matchup to resolve a champion in Canadian college soccer for the primary time since 2019.
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