U Sports recap (10): Dinos remain undefeated, Acadia hands SMU first loss

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Friday, Oct. 26

Saskatchewan (5-3) 53, Regina (1-7) 14

Game recap: Regina Rams
The University of Saskatchewan pulled away from the Regina Rams in the second half as the Huskies earned a 57-14 victory on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium in what was both teams’ final game of the Canada West schedule.

The loss ends the season for the Rams, while the Huskies will now cheer for Manitoba as a Bisons win over UBC on Saturday would give Saskatchewan a home playoff game for the first time since 2014.

Starting their fourth different quarterback in the last four games, the Rams hung tough with the Huskies until what was the turning point of the game late in the second half. Saskatchewan took advantage of a 15-yard no-yards penalty to take over the ball just on the Huskies’ side of midfield, and a 34-yard completion from Kyle Siemens to Adam Machart turned what had been a one-score game into a 27-14 advantage for the visitors at the break.

Saskatchewan scored three touchdowns in the span of four possessions over a nine-minute stretch in the second half to end any hope of a Rams comeback.

Kyle Siemens completed 21 of his 31 passes for 321 yards and threw four touchdowns for the Huskies. Five different U of S players had touchdown catches as Colton Klassen, Machart, Jesse Kuntz, Joey Trumpy, and Kyle Newton each hauled in majors. Klassen (5 catches for 121 yards) and Kuntz (7 for 106) both hit triple digits in receiving yards, while Tyler Chow had 14 rushes for 99 yards to finish just short of the century mark.

Tristian Koronkiewicz and Riley Pickett both had sacks for the U of S defence, with Koronkiewicz also registering a pair of pass breakups in the win. Pickett’s sack caused a fumble which was recovered by Evan Machibroda, leading directly to one of the Huskie touchdowns late in the third.

Ryan Schienbein tied for the game high with seven receptions as the fourth-year slotback breaks Mitchell Picton’s old school record of 58 and becomes the first player in University of Regina history to have 60 catches in a single season. Kyle Borsa and Atlee Simon shouldered most of the offensive load for the Rams, with Borsa rushing seven times for 88 yards and Simon running 13 times for a total of 68 yards. Both of the Rams’ running backs had touchdowns, with Simon scoring the first major of the game after punching one in from three yards out shortly after Cole Benkic fired an 18-yard rope to Cord Delinte on a fake punt. Borsa’s major was on a 65-yard run on a third-and-short situation late in the second quarter.

Brandon Brooks had his first U SPORTS interception for the Rams, while Ryan Warner had Regina’s lone sack.

Saskatchewan will finish either second or third in the Canada West standings and will face either UBC or Manitoba in the conference semifinals next weekend.

NOTES: Besides setting the school’s single-season receptions record on Friday, Schienbein also became just the sixth player in U of R history to collect 2000 receiving yards … Schienbein also moved up to seventh on the U of R’s all-time receiving yards list, passing current offensive coordinator Mark McConkey … Simon finishes his career with 3296 rushing yards (eighth in Canada West history) and 31 touchdowns scored (tied for sixth in conference history) … Colton Hippe got the start for the Rams at quarterback, completing nine of 21 attempts for a total of 51 yards.

Saturday, Oct. 27

PLAYOFFS

McMaster (5-3) 25, Carleton (5-3) 30

OTTAWA, Ontario – Carleton built up a big lead, and then held off a furious comeback effort from McMaster in the first round of the playoffs with a 30-25 win on Saturday.
The visiting Marauders got off to a quick start with a field goal and a forced safety to go up 5-1, but the Ravens were able to sort their offense out near the end of the opening quarter. After a bruising sack by OUA sacks leader Kenny Onyeka forced a punt, Carleton would take an 8-5 lead on the ensuing drive thanks to a one yard scramble by running back Nathan Carter.
Onyeka was in the backfield again before the quarter was out for his 2nd sack of the quarter. This led to Mike Domagala’s first field goal of the day to put Carleton up by 6. On their next possession, Carter again found himself one yard from the end zone, and again made no mistake pounding the ball in to extend Carleton’s lead to 18-5. Domagala added another field goal before the half to give the Ravens a 21-5 edge headed into the break.

Nathan Carter’s dominance continued after halftime, this time busting free for a 27 yard touchdown rush halfway through the 3rd to boost the Ravens lead to 30-5.

Three touchdowns in a row for the Marauders had cut the Carleton lead to 30-25, and after another 4th quarter two and out, the Ravens were forced to punt the ball away with 2 minutes left. McMaster would drive the ball into Carleton territory, but a final heave towards the end zone sailed over the heads of the Marauders receivers to end the threat. Carter then knocked off a final 19 yard run to seal the win for the Ravens.

Carter finished the game with 172 yards rushing and all 3 of the Ravens touchdowns on the day. He explained what led to his success after the game. “There were a lot of holes here and there. I had to make some of my own, but all in all me and the line just gelled really well today and things opened up.”

Head coach Steve Sumarah was clear in stressing how crucial Carter’s contributions were on the day. “When you’re in a playoff game you need to be able to run the ball,” said Sumarah. “Nathan just pounded the rock for us all day. Your best players have to be the best players in these games.”

With the game on the line late, linebacker Trevor Hoyte said the coaches knew what to say to settle the group down and close things out with a final defensive stand.

“Forget everything, we just need a stop right here,” Hoyte said of the message on the sidelines. “Focus on the moment and that’s what we did.”

Ravens Player of the Game: Nathan Carter – Running Back – 3rd Year

Up Next:

Carleton @ Western
Saturday, November 3 – 1 PM
TD Stadium – London, ON

Waterloo (4-4) 34, Guelph (5-3) 45

Game recap: Guelph Gryphons
GUELPH, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphons football team will play another day. A postseason victory was the only result the resilient Guelph team would settle for. One week after defeating the Waterloo Warriors in the season finale to earn a playoff berth, the Gryphons did it again to the same foe, winning their OUA quarter-final 45-34 on a chilly, wet day at Alumni Stadium.

Guelph will travel to Ottawa next week to take on the OUA’s No. 2 seed Gee-Gees.

This quarter-final didn’t have as much drama as last week’s scintillating 47-44 2OT win over the Warriors but it was even more satisfying for a team that began the season 0-2 in desperate need of answers.

“They were looking for something to believe in again and I think we’ve helped with that,” head coach Todd Galloway said of his evolving team. “They faced a little adversity early in the year and I just kept asking them to stay the course, believe in each other.

“And we’re starting to see the results of that now.”

The coach said both teams showed a lot the last week because each wanted to win. In the rematch, Guelph relied on playing a sound game that involved winning the line of scrimmage. Fourth-year Maple Ridge, BC native Theo Landers completed 16 of 23 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another score on the ground, a fantastic 26-yard run that put the Gryphons up 10-0 in the first quarter.

But the real damage was done by rookie running back Jean-Paul Cimankinda, who torched the Warriors for 258 yards and three touchdowns on 29 rushes. The 225-pound bruiser could not be stopped as he churned out yard after yard against a helpless Waterloo defence.

The Ottawa native’s first score came on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter, which put Guelph up 17-7 and he would add another from six yards out with 6:06 left in the second.

Cimankinda was far from done. He punched it once more on a two-yard score just 12 seconds before the half, a dagger that had the hosts up 31-21 after star quarterback Tre Ford had just orchestrated two crucial touchdowns to get the Warriors back in it.

“That’s a heck of a number for a true freshman in a playoff game,” said Galloway. “Physically, he was always ready. We knew what we thought we were getting when we recruited him, it just took a little longer to pick up the playbook. Now he seems to be finding his stride. He’s a load, he’s a tough guy to bring down.”

Defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda said his brother “balled out.” But it was no surprise because he’s seen Jean-Paul do the same since they were kids growing up in Ottawa.
“He had a slow start this year but I’m just happy to see him succeed and play at his best,” said Alain. “He’s always been a big dude, a big runner. That’s his style. But today, I was really impressed with his speed. He broke a few this game. I was happy to see the explosiveness and the new part of his game that he’s added.”

The Cimankindas are excited to be heading back to their home town next week to face the Gee-Gees, where a huge amount of family is expected to turn out.
“I told him I was proud of him,” Alain added. “It was his moment. It was his first start today and he and he came out showed up. I gave him a big hug.
“Hopefully, we go back home and do it again.”

While this game didn’t have the back-and-forth knockout punches of last week’s memorable affair, it was still competitive. And the Gryphons had to be smart. Ford, who passed for 295 yards with three touchdowns, and ran for 150 more and two scores, was electric again after counting for six touchdowns last week. His 39-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the second quarter got the Warriors to within three at 24-21. But Cimankinda responded immediately with his third touchdown of the half.

And Guelph would start brightly in the third quarter, as Landers found a wide open Kade Belyk for a 29-yard touchdown to make it 37-21. The quarterback then hit Thomas Bresciani from 21 yards out just 37 seconds into the fourth quarter and at that point, the win was all but locked up.

But not before rookie linebacker Uriel Kalenga would play a part for the second straight week. Last Saturday, Kalenga recovered the fumble in double overtime that would ice the game. This week, he did it again, sacking Ford late to end the Warriors’ hopes of a comeback. It was a sound performance from a team that has grown significantly over the past two months.

“We thought we were bigger up front and we were a little more physical a football team,” Galloway said.

The Gryphons certainly showed their potential in the OUA quarter-final. Now they have an opportunity to return to the Yates Cup for the first time since their dramatic win in London back in 2015. Guelph lost 12-10 in Ottawa on Sept. 8 but that seems like ages ago now.

“We’re a very different team than when we played them last time,” said Galloway. “I give them a lot of respect but at the end of the day, our offence is starting to get rolling. Hopefully, we can put up a few more points and make it a better battle.”

The coach said that they will enjoy this win and then get back in the room tomorrow. The bottom line is that they get to play another game, which is all that matters in the OUA at this time of year.

“They’re going to turn the scoreboard on again for us,” he said with a smile. “We’re going to have fun and we’re going to compete.”

REGULAR SEASON

MTA (2-6) 15, StFX (6-2) 38

Antigonish, NS – The StFX X-Men closed out AUS regular season play with a 38-15 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties Saturday afternoon at StFX Oland Stadium.

The game did not have an impact on the AUS standings as the playoff berths were already set heading into the final week of play. The second place X-Men (6-2) will host the third place Acadia Axemen (5-3) in the Subway AUS semifinal on November 3rd. The fourth place Mounties (2-6) fall outside of playoff contention.

The game marked a pair of milestones for veteran fifth year running back Jordan Socholotiuk (Waterford, ON) who was awarded Subway Player of the Game honours. His 127 rushing yards on 26 carries put him over 1000 on the AUS season with 1009 total. He also surpassed the 3000 career rushing yards total, rounded out his five years with the X-Men with 3047, and in doing so becoming only the sixth player in AUS history to clear 3000 yards. He also sits second overall on the StFX career rushing list behind the late Ashton Dickson who had 3178.

The first quarter Saturday’s game was all StFX as they amassed 16 points on a safety and a pair of touchdowns. The Mounties conceded a safety on the first drive of the game then struggled on offense. StFX quarterback Bailey Wasdal (Calgary, AB) connected with Socholotiuk for a two-yard touchdown run and with Greg McDonald (Halifax, NS) for a 38-yard TD catch.

The Mounties first big chance in the game came early in the second quarter when Jacob Mattiuz (Hamilton, ON) forced a fumble while Wasdal was scampering on a rush. Phillip Thompson (Brampton, ON) recovered the ball and carried it 50 yards into StFX territory. While on third and one from the X-Men 10-yard line, the StFX defense came up big as linebackers Ben Von Muehldorfer (Calgary, AB) and Gordon Whyte (Toronto, ON) stepped up on the tackling front to stop the Mounties threat.

The only scoring in the second quarter came from a Keiran Burnham (Cambridge, ON) 28-yard field goal.

The Mounties pressured late in the half as quarterback Graham Kelly (Burlington, ON) connected with Josh Hicks (Moncton, NB) for 23-yard pass but they were unable to turn it into a scoring play as the drive ended with an intercepted pass by StFX’s Von Muehldorfer.

StFX held onto their 19-0 lead at halftime.

The home squad built up their lead to 28-0 after three quarters of play. Wasdal connected with Kaion Julien-Grant (Toronto, ON) for an 18-yard touchdown reception and the Mounties conceded a safety late in the quarter.

Julien-Grant scored his second touchdown of the afternoon with a 26 yard catch eight and a half minutes into the fourth quarter.

Rounding out the StFX scoring in the game was Burnham with a 31-yard field goal.

Both teams swapped out some of their starting players in the fourth quarter and with Troy Downton (Burlington, ON) at quarterback the Mounties finally got on the board with just over three minutes left in the final quarter as he found Ian Carty (Fredericton, NB) in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown reception.

After a Mounties single point scored off a rouge on a James Parker (Abbotsford, BC) kickoff, they scored their second touchdown of the day with just under a minute to play in the game as Idahosa Yorke converted a five-yard pass from Downton.

Downton was 9 for 12 with 135 passing yards in the second half, while Kelly finished 16-27 for 146 yards. Their X-Men counterparts Millar (3-5) and Wasdal (18-25) passed for 31 and 246 yards, respectively.

Socholotiuk led all rushers in the game with his 127 yards on 26 carries. Chris Reid (Brampton, ON) had 9 carries for 44 yards for the Mounties.

Leading Mount A in the air were Malikue Richards (Brampton, ON) who had 7 receptions for 89 yards, and Aidan O’Neal (Sackville, NB) who was 9 for 74 yards. The Mounties defense saw Nate Rostek (Stillwater Lake, NS) with 5.5 tackles (including one sack), and Skylar LeBlanc (Portugese Cove, NS) and Dylan Cormier (Sackville, NB) each with five.

On the X-Men defense, Whyte and Ethan Mastin (Chilliwack, BS) each had seven tackles.

AUS receiving and all-purpose leader Julien-Grant continued his strong play on both offense and special teams for the X-Men. He pulled in 10 catches for 130 yards and had four punt returns for 61 yards. With his 566 punt return yards on the season, the fourth year receiver surpassed previous StFX leader Richard Karikari (1432) to amass a total of 1786 in his career, slotting him in fourth overall in the AUS record book for career punt return yards.

The X-Men will move on next week to face the Acadia Axemen in the Subway AUS semifinal game. The blue and white will host the playoff match Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 pm at StFX Oland Stadium. Tickets are on sale now at the Keating Centre box office or online at www.goxgo.ca/tickets.

SMU (7-1) 2, Acadia (5-3) 31

WOLFVILLE, NS – In their final home game of the regular season, the Acadia Axemen toppled the previously undefeated Saint Mary’s Huskies in a 31-2 victory.

Both the Axemen and Huskies were slow to start, with the first quarter going scoreless. However, some highs of the first quarter included Acadia running back Dale Wright rushing 65 yards total.

The second quarter saw a break into the scoreboard for the Axemen, with Brandon Jennings scoring a 19-yard field to give the Axemen a 3-0 lead. Halfway through the second quarter, Acadia quarterback Alex Lawrie scored the first touchdown of the game, providing Axemen with a 10-0 lead over the Huskies.

Three minutes after Lawrie’s major, Acadia running back Dale Wright widened the lead by scoring his first of two majors, giving the Axemen a 17-0 first half advantage.

The Axemen gave up a safety early in the third quarter, giving the Huskies the only points to be scored against Acadia in the season-ending game.

Wright scored his second touchdown of the afternoon following a 2-yard rush and bringing the Axemen up to a comfortable lead of 24-2 at the end of the third quarter of play.

The excitement continued very shortly after the opening of the fourth quarter. Second-year Axemen running back, Cole Estabrooks, rushed an impressive 53 yards to seal the win for the Axemen, pushing the lead to 31-2.

Acadia played a strong game on both sides of the ball, including notable performances from running back Dale Wright, who rushed for 185 yards.

Quarterback Hunter Guenard completed 18 of 31 pass attempts, with one interception, for a total of 210 yards. Third-year linebacker Bailey Feltmate led the Axemen defense with 7 tackles and completely shutting down the Saint Mary’s offense.

For the Huskies, third-year quarterback Cameron Varlardo posted 7 out of 17 pass attempts for 64 yards. Punter Brian Hope also had an impressive game, punting a total of 656 yards.

Following the game, Axemen running back Dale Wright noted “the team as a whole felt very confident and play as a whole for the seniors today in the last home game”, as well noting in regard to next week’s game against the X-Men “this week we just have to focus on our plays, bringing energy the whole game and we can’t slack off.”

The Axemen will face the StFX X-Men in AUS Semi-final action on Saturday, November 3rd at Oland Stadium (2:00 p.m.) after a third-place record of 5-3. The Huskies will spend the first week of the postseason on a first-round bye, clinching first place in the AUS, with a 7-1 record.

Montreal (6-2) 16, McGill (0) 2-6

MONTREAL — It was a bittersweet day for the McGill University football team as the No.4 ranked Montreal Carabins came away with a 16-0 victory to put a damper on “Seniors Day” at Percival Molson Stadium.

Despite the loss, the game meant little in the RSEQ standings as the big game was a few hundred kilometres east of Montreal where Sherbrooke rallied for a 28-21 victory over Concordia to force a three-way tie, with identical 2-6 records, for the final two playoff berths. When the slide rules were pulled out and the dust settled, it was McGill with the biggest smile on their face and a third-place finish, by virtue of their point-differential in head-to-head games between Sherbrooke, Concordia and the Redmen. It was the team’s highest standing in the Quebec conference since 2002, when they finished first and went on to win the Dunsmore Cup league championship. Sherbrooke eked into the final playoff berth and Concordia, which started out with so much promise, was left on the outside looking in.

That sets up next week’s playoff matchups, with fourth-seeded Sherbrooke (2-6) traveling to top-seeded Laval (8-0) in one semifinal, while McGill (2-6) makes the five-kilometre trek around Mt. Royal for a rematch with the Carabins (6-2). Both games are slated for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Calgary (8-0) 52, Alberta (2-6) 6

University of Calgary Dinos quarterback Adam Sinagra completed 23 of 37 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns to become the single-season U SPORTS football passing record holder in a 52-6 win over the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday at Foote Field.

Sinagra surpassed the previous record of 3,186 set by Regina Rams pivot Noah Picton, who set the mark in 2016. After his stellar performance on Saturday, the new passing yards record stands at 3,233.

No. 3 Calgary finishes the regular season 8-0 and will host the Manitoba Bisons in a Canada West semifinal next Saturday, Nov. 3 at McMahon Stadium. Kickoff will go at noon MT, live on TELUS Optik 997.

“I just came into this game wanting to execute properly. It’s exciting getting the record, but it feels even better finishing the season 8-0.” said Sinagra. “I’m really proud of our guys. The entire team was fantastic. Offence moved the ball well, and our defence made some big plays. We have a really confident group.”

Sinagra’s two touchdowns included the record-setting 11-yard TD pass to Dallas Boath midway through the third quarter. Boath finished with five receptions for 67 yards and two scores.

Canada West receiving leader Hunter Karl also finished the regular season with another superb performance, hauling in a game-high six catches for 113 yards, while kicker Niko DiFonte was a perfect 7-for-7 in field goals to tie the Canada West record for three-pointers in a game.

“Any time you have a quarterback who has the season that Adam has, you just have to be really pleased with him and the whole offence.” said Dinos head coach Wayne Harris. “Credit to the offensive line, the receivers, and Adam for completing those passes. Just an outstanding season, and hopefully it continues.”

The loss for the Bears is their sixth, as they conclude Canada West play with a 2-6 record, missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.

In a rotation of players for Alberta at the quarterback position, starter Brad Baker completed four passes for 44 yards, with Brad Launhardt adding 107 yards on five completions.

Calgary jumped ahead early, and never looked back in the convincing win at Foote Field. A pair of DiFonte field goals coupled with a five-yard rushing TD from Josiah Joseph gave the visitors a 13-0 lead at the half.

DiFonte added another two field goals in the second, along with a 10-yard TD pass from Sinagra to Boath. Boston Rowe also capitalized on a Calgary strip-sack, picking up the fumble and racing 70 yards for the defensive touchdown – his third major in as many games after a scoop-and-score against Manitoba and a receiving TD last week against Regina.

Alberta made a lone 36-yard field goal in the second, trailing 34-3 at the half.

Sinagra’s record-setting pass to Boath highlighted the third quarter, as Calgary added another nine points to take a 43-6 lead.

DiFonte went three-for-three on his field goal attempts in the fourth, hitting from 23, 37, and 28 to seal the Dinos convincing win.

“Hopefully our guys know that if they play the right way, that have an opportunity to do something special, and win football games.” concluded Harris. “There are no second chances in the playoffs, we have to be on our toes each week, there are some really good teams in this conference.”

UBC (5-3) 38, Manitoba (3-5) 34 OT

Riding the shoulder of their backup quarterback, the Manitoba Bisons came out strong in Week 8 against no. 10 ranked UBC. The story shifted in the second half, though, as the Thunderbirds showed their aggression and got the win, 38-34 in overtime at Investors Group Field.

The win secures the second seed for UBC (5-3), as they’ll host Saskatchewan (5-3) in the Canada West Semi-Final. Manitoba (3-5) will play their semi on the road against no. 3 ranked Calgary.

The Thunderbirds were led by their quarterback, as Michael O’Connor had a stellar second half to finish 36-for-49 for 467 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.

With Des Catellier out due to a lower body injury, Manitoba found an unlikely hero in quarterback Jamie Ybarra, who went 20-for-26 for 396 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

“Nobody expected your quarterback, who you literally brought in to run scout for you, to put up 31 points against one of the top teams in the country in a half,” said Bisons head coach Brian Dobie.

Ybarra did just that to open the game. He connected with Dylan Schrot for an 11-yard score to open proceedings. The touchdown was Schrot’s sixth of the season, as he finishes one shy of the school record — owned by Mike Faisthuber and Nic Demski. Schrot also led Manitoba in receiving, with a season-high 173 yards on seven receptions, with his touchdown.

While UBC would answer with an O’Connor connection to Trey Kellogg, the Bisons rolled off 21 straight points in response. First, it was Jesse Walker running it in to close the first quarter from the wildcat formation. Then, running back Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette scampered in a 17-yard touchdown. Finally, Ybarra made a brilliant pass to the back of the end zone to Shai Ross, who tapped the toes to make it 28-7.

Manitoba would go into halftime up 31-13.

From there, though, it was all Thunderbirds. O’Connor found his favourite target in Trivel Pinto for a 26-yard touchdown five minutes into the third frame. Then, lightning struck twice, as Pinto caught another score with 7:30 left in the fourth. A two-point convert tied the game at 31. Pinto would finish with 184 yards on 12 receptions to go with his two scores.

In the first overtime, Manitoba struck first off a 50-yard boot from Brad Mikoluff. The Thunderbirds did one better, though, as Ben Cummings caught a pass out wide from O’Connor to seal the win.

“They were more aggressive,” said Dobie. “Jamie [Ybarra]… got sacked a couple of times or had to throw the ball away. They came with more pressure, more often and that was smart on their part.”

Manitoba now travels to Calgary for the Canada West Semi-Finals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at a time to be determined. UBC will host Saskatchewan on the same day.

Concordia (2-6) 21, Sherbrooke (2-6) 28

The Vert et Or believed it until the very end of Saturday at the UdeS stadium and closed a gap of 21-7 with three touchdowns in the final quarter to save their 2018 season. and delight the fourth rung at the Concordia Stingers.

This last home game this season has been the most exciting since the opening in August, with the bonus the exact outcome needed by the men of Mathieu Lecompte. They had to win by a margin of at least six points on their opponents to advance in the standings.

Vert & Or chose to trust the former rookie quarterback Sherbrooke Volunteers and Lennoxville Cougars, Samuel Goulet-Bolduc, who had his baptism of the game on the university scene. And this decision will have had a decisive impact on the game. The rookie pivot has completed his first game since 2015 with a total of 185 passing yards on 18 receptions from his teammates, including two good touchdowns. No. 7 attempted 38 assists in total during the match.

He notably bet on a good complicity of receiver Uunda Ob’O to succeed key games in situation of second test. The former Stingers catcher who wears # 13 with the Vert & Or has made 5 catches for 57 yards and a major.

But the hero of the match is undoubtedly the running back Gabriel Polan, who had another record game in his career by smashing the bar of 200 yards of gain on the ground. He also made two goals in the end zone, on 21 and 6 yards. He finished with an excellent winning average of 8.5 yards.

Vert & Or had 373 rushing yards, including 234 rushing yards and 23 first games.

First half more difficult

At half-time, the count was 12-7 in favor of the visitors. Despite good gains in attack, especially on the ground with fourth-year veteran Gabriel Polan, a total of 12 penalties for 95 yards sealed the ball’s good progress and more than 100 yards of offense, canceling a touchdown. The Greens were therefore limited to a major, on a 10-yard pass from Goulet-Bolduc to centerbacker Jérémie Lardi at the start of the second quarter.

The men of Mathieu Lecompte and buckle the regular season 2018 on a euphoric note, despite a record of two wins and six losses and face, for a second season in a row, the Rouge et Or of Laval University in the semifinals of the circuit University of Quebec Student Sport Network. This eliminating game will be presented at Telus Stadium in Quebec City next Saturday.

Post-match comments

“We gave Samuel more room this week to show him what he could bring to our attack and he made good progress during training, which prompted us to give him the ball early in the game. He has been with us for several weeks now, but we initially had the objectives of developing him more in the medium and long term, but he did not miss his chance to help us win today. ” – The coordinator attacking Vert & Or, Rémi Giguère.

“Throughout the match, I felt that my teammates trusted me. I’m really happy to have played a first football game in three years. Even when my passes were not up to par, our receivers were able to catch them. I’ve made several friends over the last few weeks on this team and I’m glad I could have helped Vert & Or win this game today, as well as being on the field of former college teammates like Uunda and Remi. The guys did not put pressure on me all the time and supported me when I made mistakes. ” – Starting quarterback Samuel Goulet-Bolduc.

“We had a clear game plan to run with the ball today and the guys blocked the whole game in front of me. I’m happy with my match, but most of all, I allowed the efforts of my teammates to win the match. “. – Running back Gabriel Polan.

Source: usports.ca

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