Hughes, Smith and Ngoyi help Team East to 24-16 win at 2012 East-west Bowl

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Len­noxville

Three­mem­bers of the Bishop’s Gaiters foot­ball team, of­fen­sive line­man Adam Hughes (Bramp­ton, Ont.), de­fen­sive line­man Elie Ngoyi (Sher­brooke, Que.) and Ry­land Smith (Bramp­ton, Ont.), helped the Team East squad to a 24-16 win at the tenth an­nual East­West Bowl, held to­day in London, Ont.

Smith made two to­tal tack­les (one solo, two as­sisted) and knocked down a pass for the East, while Ngoyi made one solo tackle. For his part, Hughes spent time on both sides of the ball, and picked up a sack late in the fourth quar­ter that snuffed out a Team West drive. The East picked up its third straight win, and fourth in the past five years, nar­row­ing the West’s lead in the all-time se­ries to 6-4. Team East is com­prised of play­ers from the Que­bec and At­lantic con­fer­ences, along with Toronto, Ot­tawa and Queen’s from the OUA. Team West con­sists of play­ers from Canada West and the re­main­ing OUA schools.

Ear­lier in the week, Smith and Ngoyi both posted strong per­for­mances in the event’s com­bine, with Smith fin­ish­ing fifth with a 40-yard dash time of 4.66 sec­onds, while Ngoyi’s 31 rep­e­ti­tions of the 225-pound bench press was tied with Cal­gary’s Lin­den Gay­dosh for the top per­for­mance of the day.

Hughes, a 6-foot-5, 305pound of­fen­sive line­man, has been a two-year starter for the Gaiters. This year, he moved into the piv­otal left tackle spot, where he started all nine games. In to­tal, the Busi­ness ma­jor has played 19 games for the Gaiters.

Ngoyi, a 6-foot-2, 270pound de­fen­sive line­man, is a three-year starter for the Gaiters. The for­mer Cham­plain Cougar has made 89 tack­les in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing 67 solo tack­les. He has 8.5 sacks and two fumble re­cov­er­ies in his ca­reer. In 2011, he made 25.5 tack­les (17 solo, 17 as­sists) and had one sack.

Smith, a six-foot, 195pound de­fen­sive back, had a break­out sea­son in 2010. He moved into a start­ing de­fen­sive half­back spot in 2011, and tied for the CIS lead with nine passes knocked down. He also made three in­ter­cep­tions last year, the first of his ca­reer, and had 27 tack­les, in­clud­ing 24 solo stops

In ad­di­tion to the three play­ers, the Gaiters were also rep­re­sented on the East coach­ing staff by Kevin Mackey, who served as an as­sis­tant for the East squad.

The 2012 Gaiters foot­ball sea­son gets un­der­way on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1, as they visit the Con­cor­dia Stingers.

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