Mac’s Fochesato hauls in CIS football award

VANCOUVER – McMaster wide receiver Brad Fochesato and Laval teammates Frédéric Plesius and Jérémie Chrétien are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football players of the week for the period ending Nov. 18.

The selection was made by a committee comprised of members of Football Reporters of Canada (FRC). Twenty-four hours earlier, Fochesato was the Ontario University Athletics offensive player of the week.

Fochesato, a fourth-year political science student from Windsor, was honoured on offence thanks to a pair of touchdown receptions in a 45-21 Uteck Bowl win over Acadia in Moncton, last Friday (Nov. 18). The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior, who finished the game with five catches for 159 yards, scored on a 75-yard pass-and-run play midway through the second quarter to give McMaster a 21-14 lead and found the end zone again before halftime, this time on an 11-yard pass from all-conference quarterback Kyle Quinlan, to make it 31-14.

The fourth-ranked Marauders (10-1), making their first Vanier Cup appearance since 1967, will be looking for the first CIS title in school history when they face No. 1 Laval Friday (Nov. 25) at 6 p.m. Pacific Time at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver (TSN & RDS).

Plesius, a third-year sciences student from Laval, Que., took home the weekly honour on defence after he racked up a team-high 6.5 tackles, including six solo and one for a loss, while breaking up a pair of passes in a 41-10 Mitchell Bowl victory over the Dinos in Calgary, also last Friday.

McMaster linebacker Ben D’Aguilar was also nominated.

Chrétien, a third-year education student from Cantley, Que., was the choice on special teams after he all but sealed the Rouge et Or Mitchell Bowl win with a touchdown on the first play of the second half. With Laval coming back from the break holding a 27-10 lead, Boris Bede’s kickoff was mishandled in Calgary’s end zone by returner Chris Dobko and the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Chrétien pounced on the loose ball to make it a 34-10 affair.

McMaster’s Spencer Moore was also up for the distinction.