EDMONTON – Saskatchewan receiver Kit Hillis and Calgary defensive lineman Michael Klassen are Canada West football Players of the Week.
OFFENCE: #8 Kit Hillis, Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan receiver Kit Hillis helped the Huskies to a 39-34 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds with three touchdowns.
Hillis, a third-year wide receiver from Saskatoon, recorded 224 yards on 14 receptions with three touchdowns. The Business student scored at 4:53 in the second quarter on an 18-yard reception to make the game 14-3 in favour Huskies. He added another in the frame on an eight-yard gain at 13:30 to make the game 21-17. His final touchdown came at 1:41 of the fourth quarter on a 48-yard grab that started to mount a Huskie comeback.
Hillis and the CIS #9 Huskies (2-1) return home to host the #10 Regina Rams (2-1) on Friday in the Shaw TV “Game of the Week.” Kickoff is 7:07 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
DEFENCE: #90 Michael Klassen, Calgary
Third-year University of Calgary defensive lineman Michael Klassen led a fantastic performance by the Dinos defence in Saturday’s 33-12 win over the previously unbeaten Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg.
In addition to his three tackles, two of which were for loss, and 1.5 sacks on the afternoon, Klassen made a spectacular interception early in the fourth quarter that led directly to a touchdown – the score that put the game out of reach for the Bisons, who had been hanging around for three quarters.
On the tip-drill play, a Cam Clark pass bounced off the hands of a Calgary defender and straight up. A Manitoba receiver then tried to catch it, but it bounced of him as well. Just as it was about to hit the turf, a diving Klassen got underneath it and hauled it in for his first career interception, giving the Dinos great field position on the Manitoba 40-yard line. Three plays later, Eric Dzwilewski found Chris Dobko in the corner of the end zone to put the Dinos up 23-12 and salt away the victory.
Klassen has been a key part of the Calgary defence that leads Canada west in points allowed, yards allowed, run defence, and pass defence. They’ll face another test this weekend in Vancouver as they face Hec Crighton winner Billy Greene and the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon.