CIS: Let’s Get it On
The UBC Thunderbirds Football team will forever remember the 5th of November, but it won’t be due to the Guy Fawkes’ masks scattered around campus this upcoming weekend.
The Thunderbirds will host their first home playoff game in twelve years following an impressive 36-23 upset of the Calgary Dinos in final week of the CIS regular season.
The UBC victory handed the Dinos their first loss of the regular season and put the remaining Canada West teams on notice after Billy Greene and the T-Birds’ offence put up 24 first half points on the top-ranked Dinos.
“We feel great, obviously any time you get a big win heading into the playoffs you feel good, especially against the top team in the country like Calgary,” Greene told Northwest Sports Beat.
While Calgary was left to play for pride versus UBC after locking up home field advantage throughout the Canada West playoffs, the UBC offence was firing on all cylinders Saturday afternoon.
Canada West MVP candidate Billy Greene connected with four different UBC receivers for touchdowns and rushed for 60 yards on the ground in an impressive final effort from the fourth year pivot.
Receivers Jordan Grieve, David Scott, Mitch Shuster and Spencer Betts all had touchdown receptions and caught at least two more passes Saturday as part of the dynamic UBC throwing game.
Greene was named Canada West Player of the Week on Offence following last week’s performance and expects to build on his team’s momentum heading into their first playoff game.
“Saskatchewan has a lot of talent coming into this game, obviously momentum is a big thing for us and we’re looking to use it.”
The Saskatchewan Huskies won the first meeting of the season between these two teams earlier this year, holding off UBC in a frantic fourth quarter at Griffiths Stadium that included four final frame touchdowns “Any time I can go back and watch film of what the opposition did to us in a previous game it gives us a little more to work with for game planning,” said Greene.
“We feel like we’ve found some things we can take advantage of and hopefully we can go out there and execute.”
Free of the frozen fields of Saskatchewan, Greene is excited to play against a familiar foe with home field advantage on his side.
“It wasn’t something we were focussing on too much but obviously it was in the back of our minds. It feels good to avoid playing in front of 8,000 hostile fans in the snow during playoffs.”
After years without playoff football on UBC’s campus the Thunderbirds are ready to make up for lost time, beginning with a season-long vendetta against the visiting Huskies on Saturday.
The Thunderbirds and Huskies kick off at 2:00 Saturday November 5th, check the UBC Thunderbirds website for more event and ticket information.