GOTW QC: CFC50 No. 37 Triolet battle No. 43 College Notre-Dame

There will be plenty of playoff implications on the line Saturday afternoon as the CFC50 No. 37 Triolet Harfangs take on the No. 43 College Notre-Dame Cactus.

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Both programs enter the day locked in fourth place in the Juvenile DI standings at 4-2, and are looking to chase down CFC50 No. 20 Charles-Lemoyne sitting at 5-1, who have a marquee matchup with undefeated No. 5 Saint-Jean-Eudes this week. When you throw No. 13 Seminaire Saint-Francois into the mix, there’s a clear divide between the top five programs in Quebec this season, so now it’s all about fighting for seeding and delivering coming playoff time – unless there’s another Cinderella story to be told.

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The Cactus are only a few mistakes away from holding the top spot, but a tough eight point loss to Saint-Jean-Eudes in the season opener, and a three point loss to Charles-Lemoyne left them searching for the proper formula. They aren’t far off from figuring it out, and their offence has been a key ingredient led by Tristan Aboud under centre. The young pivot has completed 61% of his passes for 1037 yards, 10 touchdowns, and only three interceptions while spreading the ball around to three main targets. Mathieu Lafleur leads the crew with 388 yards and two majors, Merton Theagene has found the end zone five times on 22 receptions, and Gabriel Tache is only one behind with 21 catches for 237 yards and three touchdowns. Theagene is also their leading rusher carrying the ball 88 times for 588 yards and seven more touchdowns, while Kervins Paul has played the spell role perfectly with 53 carries for 281 yards and one score.

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Triolet also have a lineup full of offensive firepower led by Yanik Daigle at quarterback, who’ll definitely want a couple interceptions back this season, but that’s the risk you take when you lead the league with 190 attempts. He’s at the top of the list with 1423 yards as well, and is doing a great job spreading the ball around with at least seven receivers snagging eight receptions or over 100 yards already. The undisputed top dogs are Mederic Lamoureux with 28 catches for 456 yards and one major, while Simon Potvin leads the team in receptions with 29 for 289 yards and three touchdowns, but teams will get burned if they focus all their attention on the main attractions. A couple other receivers to watch will be Xavier Fraser and William Lafrance, who’ve combined for 23 receptions and a pair of touchdowns. All eyes should be on Alexy Dion in the backfield with 220 yards and the majority of the carries so far, but make sure to keep an eye out for Emerik Charron, who leads the team with five rushing touchdowns on only eight attempts this season.

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They’ll be looking to solve a difficult Notre-Dame defence that’ve only allowed 72 points through six games, good enough for second best behind Saint-Jean-Eudes. They’ve had a ton of noteworthy standouts, including Charles Melancon with a team high 40 tackles, Ashton Gillett leading the way with three interceptions, then Tristan Caron and Darnley Alexander Felix are tied in the sack race with three apiece. The threats don’t end there with Jairo Luis Pena Hernandez and Felix Toulouse next in line with two sacks each, while Alexis Maranda Desprez, Alex Zatarain, and Toulouse have all chipped in with an interception as well.

Not to be outdone, the Harfangs have some disruptive pass rushers of their own with Olivier Gagne at the top of the list with four sacks, Felix Tremblay with three, and Lexy Lemay with a pair. They’ve also got a group of tackling machines led by Emerik Charron with 47.5, Felix Mercier with 40.5, Hertier Shindano with 31, and William Rochefort with 30.5. A couple more names to watch will be Bryan Savard Melandez and Eloi Adam, who’ve grabbed intcerceptions alongside Mercier and Rochefort.

Kickoff is set for 1pm on Saturday afternoon at Stade RBC.

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