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