1986 Foot­ball Team New­est Mem­bers Of Bishop’s Rbc Wall Of Dis­tinc­tion

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

The Bishop’s Univer­sity Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics and Recre­ation is pleased to an­nounce that the 1986 OQIFC Cham­pion foot­ball team will be in­ducted into the RBC Wall of Dis­tinc­tion on Satur­day, Oct. 26, 2013.

The 1986 foot­ball squad posted a 9-2 record and won the OQIFC Cham­pi­onship be­fore fall­ing to the UBC Thun­der­birds in the Cen­tral Bowl. The team also earned mul­ti­ple ac­co­lades that sea­son. Leg­endary head coach Bruce Coul­ter won the Frank Tin­dall Tro­phy as CIAU Coach of the Year in his 25th sea­son with the pro­gram while three Gaiters were named all-Cana­di­ans and six were con­fer­ence all-stars.

Tony Har­ris was the all-Cana­dian quar­ter­back that sea­son while de­fen­sive back Jake Vaughn and line­backer Leroy Blugh also earned na­tional recog­ni­tion be­fore later head­ing on to play in the CFL. The trio were also OQIFC all-stars along with wide re­ceiver Wally Zatylny, kicker Si­mon Restall and line­backer Mike Brem­ner.

Three of the great­est coaches in Bishop’s Gaiters his­tory were on the staff. Along­side Coul­ter were Tom Allen and Ian Breck who played key roles in the team’s suc­cess. Allen was the team’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor while Breck worked with the spe­cial teams and was the line­backer coach as well as an ex­cel­lent re­cruiter.

The Gaiters played eleven games in 1986. They got off to a great start beat­ing Guelph, Queen’s, Con­cor­dia (twice), and Ottawa to post a 5-0 record. A hic­cup against the Car­leton Ravens proved to be their only reg­u­lar sea­son loss. They re­bounded with backto-back vic­to­ries against McGill be­fore top­ping Queen’s in the OQIFC semi-fi­nal. Bishop’s got their re­venge against the Ravens in the Dun­smore Cup. They avenged their 53-22 reg­u­lar sea­son loss with a con­vinc­ing 38-19 vic­tory and claimed the OQIFC cham­pi­onship.

Bishop’s sto­ry­book run came to an end in the 1986 Cen­tral Bowl when the UBC Thun­der­birds vis­ited Len­noxville in Novem­ber. The Gaiters came as close as they ever have to reach­ing the Vanier Cup, fall­ing 32-30 to the even­tual na­tional cham­pi­ons.

The 1986 Bishop’s Gaiters will for­ever re­main in the univer­sity’s his­tory as they will be in­ducted into the RBC Wall of Dis­tinc­tion on Oct. 26, 2013. A din­ner will take place on Fri­day, Oct. 25 at the Old Len­noxville Golf Club to hon­our the team. The of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of the plaque onto the RBC Wall of Dis­tinc­tion in the John H. Price Sports Cen­tre at Bishop’s Univer­sity will take place on Satur­day, Oct. 26 prior to the 2013 Bishop’s Gaiters play­ing their reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale against the McGill Red­men on Coul­ter Field at 1 p.m.

A com­plete list of RBC Wall of Dis­tinc­tion mem­bers can be found at www. gaiters.ca/wod.

Fresh off a celebration of 30 years of Bishop’s Univer­sity rugby at Home­com­ing 2013, the Gaiters trav­eled to the Univer­sity of New Brunswick to cel­e­brate 45 years of Var­sity Red rugby. The con­nec­tion be­tween the two schools stretches to Gaiters head coach Bill Rob­son, who dressed in more games as a Var­sity Red than any other rugby player be­fore mov­ing to Len­noxville and start­ing the Gaiters pro­gram.

Both the Bishop’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams trav­eled to Fred­er­ic­ton to play matches against their UNB friends as part of the 45th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day, Oct. 12. The UNB Var­sity

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