GOTW QC: CFC25 No. 8 Saint-Stanislas and No. 10 College Bourget meet again

We’ve got a week left before playoffs in Quebec, and second seed will be hanging in the balance when the CFC25 No. 8 Saint-Stanislas Patriotes take on CFC25 No. 10 College Bourget Voltigeurs.

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Each team enter the contest sitting at 5-2 on the season, but the Patriotes currently hold the bragging rights after defeating the Votligeurs two weeks ago 17-10, setting up an interesting scenario where College Bourget won’t have to wait until playoff time to make amends.

The Voltigeurs secondary was dominant that day allowing only 91 yards through the air, but they failed to limit the big plays with Remy Dumas catching a 45 yard pass for a touchdown, and they allowed Jeremi Auger to dictate the pace in the backfield carrying the ball 25 times for 110 yards. Their offence didn’t have a ton of issues moving the ball with Simon Boudreault completing 20/27 passes for 195 yards, and Jayden Josiah Theodore rushed for 113 yards on 27 carries, but they couldn’t find the same splash plays as Saint-Stanislas that ultimately made the difference.

In other words, College Bourget will be hungry to correct their errors, while Saint-Stanislas can’t expect to follow the same path to victory, especially with momentum being so important going into the playoffs. They bounced back in a big way last week defeating Estacades 43-0 with the help of a defensive touchdown by Anthony Sofio, while Mouhamadou Dia and Zachary Cardinal were the stars in the backfield scoring a touchdown apiece. They ended up splitting time again under centre between Benjamin Carpentier and Cedric Bernal, who combined for two touchdowns and 124 yards on 14 passes.

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You never really know who’s going to step up to make the difference for the Patriotes, which will make it tough for College Bourget to zero in on just one or two weapons. They’ve had five different receivers catch a touchdown this year led by Raphael Bressani with seven, and they’ve had five different ball carriers find their way to the end zone led by Auger with five, and Wembi Leba right behind with four. You’ve got the exact same situation on defence with talent everywhere you look, including CFC100 Mathis Varin Zachary Varin, Elliot Bujold, Yohan Corbeil and Sofio all racking up over 40 total tackles. For perspective, no other team has more than one player over the 40 tackle mark. It doesn’t end there with eight different players grabbing an interception led by Sofio, and seven earning a sack led by Bujold. As a unit, they’ve only allowed 26 points in the last three weeks, and will be looking to frustrate College Bourget again after their impressive performance two weeks ago.

They know that’ll be a tough task with Bourdreault on the opposite sideline, who currently leads Division 1-b with 1592 yards, 17 touchdowns, and he’s completed 68% of his passes. They also have two receivers in the top five with Vincent Drolet catching 35 passes for 592 yards and seven majors, while Felix Joly isn’t far behind with 32 receptions for 527 yards and four touchdowns. Lastly you’ve got the previously mentioned Jayden Josiah Theodore, who leads the league by a wide margin with 987 yards and six touchdowns this year.

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They’ve actually scored 18 less points than Saint-Stanislas, but they claim the top defence allowed a league-low 100 points heading into the season finale, and they most they’ve allowed was in a 20-17 defeat to top ranked Saint-Joseph. They’ve got stars all over with Lancelot Gilbert leading the team with 27.5 tackles, while Michael Asswad leads the team with three sacks and added 20 more tackles. Simon Senecal is right behind in both categories racking up 26 tackles and a pair of sacks, while Louis Vincent tops the list with three interceptions followed by Xavier Tremblay and Owen Maloney with two. They did a fantastic job controlling the airways against the Patriotes last time around, but will need to make sure they’re swarming to the ball carrier to limit the damage in the backfield, and make sure they don’t get caught napping on any big plays.

The action is set to kickoff Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.

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