GOTW QC: Undefeated battle between CFC50 No. 3 SSF and No. 24 CCL

Only one undefeated record will stand after Friday night as the CFC50 No.3 Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard take on the No. 24 Collège Charles-Lemoyne Dynamiques in a battle for first place.

It wasn’t an easy road for either program last week, with the Blizzard holding off No. 22 Collège Jean-Eudes in an 11-2 slugfest, while the the Dynamiques were able to inch by Curé-Antoine-Labelle with a 14-13 victory. They also share a lead of the division with undefeated No. 11 Saint-Jean-Eudes, who will take on winless Roger-Comtois on Saturday afternoon.

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Many expected to see Séminaire Saint-François and Saint-Jean-Eudes at the top, but the clear underdog story is Charles-Lemoyne, who’re already halfway to matching their win total from 2018. They’ve been led by the steady influence of Kaelan Trepanier under centre, who transferred with the hopes of playing in high pressure games against the best in Quebec,

“I haven’t really set any personal goals for myself this season. I transferred from my city program because I wanted to learn from the best coaches in the country and just upgrade my game. The only personal goals I guess would be to dominate every rep and every obstacle in our way.”

Trepanier put together a near perfect performance in their week one victory against Roger-Comtois throwing for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 12/16 of his passes. He’s naturally gravitated towards receiver CFC100 Kenzy Paul, who’s caught eight passes for 145 yards and one major, but the Blizzard defence will also need to keep tabs on Andreï Délinois, who currently leads the team with 10 catches and a pair of touchdowns. In the backfield, Noah Gravel has been a horse carrying the rock 39 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns, paving the way for an explosive brand of smashmouth football,

“For those unfamiliar with our style of football, we are very explosive on the perimeter and physical and violent in the trenches.” Trepanier explains. “Our defence is solid all around. Scouts should expect good technical play and well coached athletic football players that are hungry to dominate every rep.”

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QB Kaelan Trepanier

If you didn’t know which team Trepanier played for, you might think he’s talking about his opponents from Séminaire Saint-François. The Blizzard have established themselves as the team to beat in Quebec over the past three years, winning the Bol d’Or back-to-back before falling in overtime to Collège Jean-Eudes last season. They already enacted some revenge by downing the Aigles last weekend, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a player from the program who didn’t treat last week like it was any other regular season game they expected to win,

“We have already moved on from last year.” Running back Thomas Desrosiers says. “We are taking it one game at a time, focusing on ourselves and improving as a team each and every week to get to the playoffs.”

Desrosiers is certainly pulling his weight in the backfield amassing 243 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Blizzard’s two victories. Hugues Picard left their opener after throwing only two passes before Frédéric Doucet stepped up under centre, which left room for Desrosiers to romp for 210 yards. Picard was able to finish their game last week completing 10/12 passes for 106 yards against a stout Collège Jean-Eudes defence, and could be ripe for a breakout game if his receivers can find more room to operate in space. Allan Saadna led the team with 14 carries last weekend, and Nicholas Boucher earned 9, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of ground attack the Blizzard present. Receiver Oderic Mutemberezi, who caught four passes for 44 yards in week one, says they are a dangerous squad that is prepared to win by any means necessary,

“The scouts should notice how guys are well prepared, with a great work ethic, attention to detail and the team is playing fast. As a team player, I will do what the coaches want me to do. I’m looking to help the team anyway I can.”

REC Oderic Mutemberezi (Left) QB Hugues Picard (Right)

It’s going to be a tall task for Charles-Lemoyne’s defence, but they’ve been up to the challenge so far allowing only 20 points through two games. Mathis Pilon currently leads the team with an interception in each victory, while Thomas Pilon has been a force up front registering six tackles and the team’s only sack. Félix Marois also snagged an interception in their season opener, while Délinois made his presence known on defence as well grabbing a pick against Curé-Antoine-Labelle last week. Délinois has full faith in his defence to keep the game within reach, and is confident his teammates will be ready for battle,

“The vibes are really good and all the guys on the field are prepared to be the best. My teammates are ready to play at next level. My personal goals this season is I want to be the rookie of the year and continue working on my football IQ.”

On the opposite side, Trepanier will need to figure out how to solve the Blizzard’s defence, who’ve been a menace to deal with up front allowing only 26 yards along the ground. They faced an aerial assault against Triolet, who chucked the ball 51 times for 350 yards in a valiant effort, but despite the gaudy numbers they still managed to hold their opponents to just 16 points on the scoreboard. By all accounts they played a complete shutdown game against Collège Jean-Eudes allowing just 85 yards of total offence, and have plenty of talent to rely on to get the job done again. Nathan Essomba-Alex currently leads the team with 13 tackles, Jean Simon Rhéaume has already registered three sacks, Samuel Frenette snagged the team’s lone interception, and they have six more players with six or more tackles providing some evidence of their swarming defensive tactics.

Even though they’re off to another hot start, Mutemberezi says it’s always a work in progress on both sides of the ball, and each week presents a brand new set of challenges to overcome,

“The main focus is to get better every week. We want to learn from our mistakes and get better on a weekly basis. Our main objective is to be 1-0 every week.”

Séminaire Saint-François will travel to Collège Charles-Lemoyne on Friday, September 13th for 7:30pm kickoff.

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