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Team East scored a 19-12 win over Team West in the annual CIS East-West Bowl all-star football showcase May 10 in London, ON, Acadia kicker Ryan Begin is largely responsible for the victory.
Begin, an Orleans, ON native who will enter his fourth year at Acadia this fall, was good on three of four field goals, from 20, 47 and 17 yards. He added a convert and a rouge to finish with 11 of his team’s 19 points.
“I thought I improved through the week,” Begin said. The East-West Bowl experience also included a skills camp and CFL combine.
“I came in a little rusty off the winter, but overall, I think I came out to play today, which is the main thing.”
Begin said he was ”pretty happy with the way I played.” The one field goal he missed came from 29 yards out.
“I missed one easy one,” he said, “but you know these things happen.”
Team East jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter, then held on for the win thanks in large part to Begin’s kicking.
Begin was one of five Axemen players named to the East team. The others include defensive lineman Jesse St. James, offensive lineman Ethan Charters, linebacker Drew Morris and defensive back Sean Stoqua.
Morris finished the game with three unassisted tackles and St. James had one unassisted tackle.
Axemen head coach Jeff Cummins, originally picked as an assistant to head coach Glen Constantin, moved up to the head coaching job when Constantin had to pull out.
The East-West Bowl is held annually as a showcase for CIS players who will be eligible for the following year’s CFL draft. The game is generally attended by a number of CFL scouts.
“This is huge,” Begin said on being able to showcase his skills in front of CFL personnel. “I know personally that I kind of go under the radar in terms of kickers that get talked about, so I think just trying to put myself on the map a little bit is definitely very helpful. It’s definitely very big for me.”