Through four games this season, the 2-2 Huskies sit third in the Canada West conference after losing to the Alberta Golden Bears 19-17.
Alberta kicked a 45-yard field goal with under a minute remaining to take hold of second place in the conference with a 3-1 record.
The Huskies were without starting quarterback Mason Nyhus, who entered concussion protocol after being knocked out of week threes game against Regina. Ethan Watson took over for Nyhus, throwing for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 17 completions.
Huskie running back Adam Machart rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries. Machart is averaging 135 rushing yards per game which is the most in the conference by an astonishing 58.5-yard margin. Machart is on pace to be the third-ever Huskie to rush for 1000 yards in a single season.
Defensive back Nelson Lokombo picked off his fourth interception in as many games this season. The brother of Canadian Football League player Boseko Lokombo has been one of the most impressive defensive players in the conference this year.
There is no telling whether the Huskies will have Nyhus back on the field for next week’s big game at home against the Calgary Dinos.
But the Huskies line up well against the Dinos. Calgary is the highest-scoring team in the league and their defense gives up the least amount of points per game. And yet the Huskies are right behind them in both categories.
The Dinos are undefeated so far in 2019 and should carry plenty of motivation on the road to Saskatoon. The Huskies spoiled the Dinos’ perfect season last year, upsetting Calgary at home in the Hardy Cup Championship.
Kick-off on Saturday, Sept. 28 is at 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park.
Tanner Michalenko/ Sports & Health Editor
Photo: Victoria Becker/ Photo Editor