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See Jahlani run. See Jahlani dance. Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren, a second-year quarterback for the University of Saskatchewan, showed flash and dash Friday as the Huskies defeated the Windsor Lancers 34-23 in a Canadian Interuniversity Sport pre-season game at Griffiths Stadium.
Gilbert-Knorren, who is from Edmonton, is competing with Trent Peterson, a third-year veteran from Calgary, to be the starting quarterback for the Huskies. The role is open after Laurence Nixon graduated from the team.
Gilbert-Knorren scored on a one-yard run Friday and fired a 45-yard touchdown pass to Matt Walker. Gilbert-Knorren was 8-for-13 passing for 152 yards. He added 96 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Peterson added a touchdown pass to Mitch Stevens. Running back Dexter Janke scored the other touchdown for the Huskies.
Stephen McDonald added a 27-yard field goal and two converts for Saskatchewan. Cole Sampson had a convert and a single and Denton Kolodzinski one convert. A safety touch completed the scoring.
Running back Shomari Grant, receiver Cory Fernandes and receiver Dylan Whitfield scored touchdowns for the Lancers.
Dan Cerino had three converts and two singles for Windsor. Grant, who is from Kissimmee, Fla., rushed for 57 yards and had 75 yards receiving plus a touchdown.
The Huskies made a good defensive stand in the second quarter. After Gilbert-Knorren fumbled in the backfield on a hit by Windsor blitzing linebacker Akeen Whonder, defensive lineman Taras Poypilnyi recovered the ball on the Saskatchewan 20-yard line. But the Lancers couldn't muster any offence. When a 24-yard field goal attempt by Cerino was wide, the Huskies returned the kick out of the end zone. No points Windsor.
Saskatchewan's third touchdown was also a tribute to defence. Defensive back Luke Thiel intercepted a pass deep down the middle of the field and returned it 55 yards to the Windsor one-yard line in the third quarter. Janke added the finish, scoring a touchdown on a run the next play.
Windsor came to Saskatoon with a lineup of 51 players, half of them being in their first or second year with the team. All three quarterbacks played for Windsor. Sam Malian and Austin Kennedy alternated through the first three quarters and Andrew Downer came in for the fourth quarter. Saskatchewan also had game time for its three quarterbacks. Trent Peterson and Gilbert-Knorren did the bulk of the work, with Parker Siemens playing in the fourth quarter. Parker's dad Doug was a starting quarterback for the Huskies in the 1980s.
Saskatchewan begins the regular season Sept. 2 at home to the Alberta Golden Bears. Windsor meets the Toronto Blues to open the league schedule Sept. 5. The Huskies were 6-2 in the regular season in the Canada West conference last year, the Lancers 2-6 in Ontario. Joe D'Amore is the first-year head coach of the Lancers after being an assistant with the club last season.
When D'Amore was a high school coach, he was with the Villanova Wildcats and the Sandwich Sabres, which are both in Lasalle, Ont., just down the road from Windsor. Sandwich High later became home to Malian, who besides being a quarterback for the Lancers is an honours student heading into his fourth year of kinesiology.
Brian Towriss enters his 28th season as coach of the Huskies. Towriss is two wins away from tying the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record for career wins in regular season and playoffs. He has 167 wins. Larry Haylor, former coach of the Western Ontario Mustangs, holds the record with 169 wins. Haylor, who grew up in Prince Albert, played quarterback for the Huskies in the 1960s.
Windsor — Single Dan Cerino 31 4:08
Windsor — Touchdown Shomari Grant 75 pass from Austin Kennedy. Convert Cerino 7:51
Saskatchewan — TD Mitch Stevens 20 pass from Trent Peterson. Convert Stephen McDonald 13:37
Saskatchewan — Touchdown Jahlani GIlbert-Knorren 1 run. Convert McDonald 1:36
Windsor — SIngle Cerino 41 5:56
Windsor — Touchdown Cory Fernandes 5 pass from Sam Malian. Convert Cerino 12:33
Saskatchewan — FG McDonald 27 14:41
Saskatchewan — Safety touch (Cerino concedes in punt formation from end zone) 1:18
Saskatchewan — TD Dexter Janke 1 run. Convert Cole Sampson 2:58
Saskatchewan — Single Sampson 65 3:00
Windsor — TD Dylan Whitfield 22 pass from Andrew Downer. Convert Cerino 5:45
Saskatchewan — TD Matt Walker 45 pass from Gilbert-Knorren. Convert Denton Kolodzinski 11:33
Windsor 8 8 0 7 — 23
Saskatchewan 7 10 10 7 — 34
FD 16 23
Yd rush 134 208
Yd passing 236 222
Pass att-comp 30-18 26-13
Net offence 352 403
Int by 1 1
Fumbles-lost 0-0 6-1
Punt-ave. 11-37.5 9-38.3
Penalties-yds 10-52 7-70
Rushing — Windsor: Shomari Grant 10-57, Kamar Anglin 4-39, Sam Malian 1-19, Paul Lefaive 6-9, Austin Kennedy 5-5, Gilbert Stewart 1-3, Mitch Dender 2-2. Sask.: Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren 11-96, 1 TD, Mark Klause 6-66, Connor Lutz 4-28, Dexter Janke 6-18, 1 TD, Ben Coakwell 2-7, Garrett Bolen 2-1, Shane Buchanan 1-1, Kent Rempel 2-1, Denton Kolodzinski 1-(-10),
Receiving — Windsor: Grant 2-75 1 TD, Dylan Whitfield 4-55 1 TD, Cory Fernandes 4-38 1 TD, Kyle Tyo 3-33, Aaron Karamath 2-17, Mitch Dender 2-12, Jordan Brescacin 1-6. Sask.: Jarit Lambert 7-78, Matt Walker 1-45 1 TD, Braeden George 1-34, Garrett Bolen 2-31, Mitch Stevens 1-20 1 TD, Christian Gottenbos 2-10, Kit Hillis 1-8, Garrett Burgess 1-5.
Passing — Windsor: Sam Malian 5-10, 50 yds, 1 TD, Austin Kennedy 9-13, 144 yd, 1 TD, 1 int., Andrew Downer 4-7, 42 yds, 1 TD. Sask.: Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren 8-13, 152 yds, 1 TD, 1 int, Trent Peterson 4-12, 60 yds, 1 TD, 1 int., Parker Siemens 1-1, 10 yds
Fumble recoveries — Windsor: Akeem Whonder.
Interceptions by — Windsor: Josh Burns. Sask.: Luke Thiel