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Saskatchewan, Western, St.FX join Montreal in Vanier Cup semifinals

The Vanier Cup final four came into focus Saturday with Saskatchewan, Western and St. Francis Xavier joining Montreal in the U Sports football semifinals.

Saskatchewan Huskies running back Adam Machart rushed for three touchdowns in a 45-17 win over the Manitoba Bisons.

The Huskies captured the Hardy Bowl as Canada West conference champion and take on the Montreal Carabins in next Saturday's Uteck Bowl.

The Western Mustangs blanked Queen's 29-0 to take the Yates Cup in Ontario and St. Francis Xavier defeated Bishop's 25-17 to claim the Loney Bowl in the Atlantic Conference.

Western and St. FX will clash in Saturday's Mitchell Bowl.

The Mitchell and Uteck winners advance to the 56th Vanier Cup on Dec. 4 in Quebec City.

The Montreal Carabins ousted Laval 28-19 to take the RSEQ's Dunsmore Cup last Sunday.


Huskies quarterback Mason Nyhus threw for 220 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once.

Ryker Frank scored a rushing touchdown and Colton Klassen had a touchdown catch for Saskatchewan.

David Solie kicked two field goals.

Bisons quarterback Jackson Tachinski threw for 144 yards, was intercepted three times and rushed for a touchdown.

Michael Ritchott also scored a rushing touchdown for Manitoba.


Keon Edwards rushed for three touchdowns and 158 yards to lead the Mustangs' offence.

Brian Garrity added nine kicking points. Western quarterback Evan Hillock threw for 193 yards and was intercepted twice.

Gaels quarterback James Keenan totalled 111 passing yards and gave up one interception.


Malcolm Bussey rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Max Capriotti kicked four field goals for the X-Men.

Quarterback Silas Fagnan compiled 304 passing yards.

Maxime Bouffard scored two rushing touchdowns for the Gaiters. Quarterback Mason McGriskin threw for 154 yards.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2021.

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