Three Questions for Concordia Stingers homecoming match

Three Questions for Concordia Stingers

The Concordia Stingers are hosting last season’s AUS Champions, the STFX X-Men on Saturday afternoon for their homecoming game. Currently, the Stingers have posted an overall record of 1-2 and are coming off a 59-3 lost at the hands of University of Montreal Carabins last Friday night. The X-Men enter Saturday game with a record of 2-0 in the AUS season. They beat Acadia Axemen, 37-8 last Saturday. Here are three questions before tomorrow’s matchup.

Three Questions for Concordia Stinger’s homecoming matchup

Can Concordia Stingers quarterback, Trenton Miller overcome last week’s disappointing game?

Trenton Miller arguably had the one of the worst games of CIS careers against the Carabins. The reigning RSEQ MVP completed 18 out of 35 passes for 157-yards and threw two interceptions, including a pick six. Before last week’s game, Miller was having an okay year. So far, he’s completed 59 of his 90 passes for 736 yards and threw three touchdowns. He also only had two interceptions.

It should be interesting to see what Miller will show up Saturday, the one who won the RSEQ MVP or last week’s Miller who struggled against a great opponent. Miller will have his hands full against an X-Men defence that has only allowed 153.3 passing yards per game this year, third-best in the nation. Miller alsos need to avoid being sacked by X-Men lineman, Kyle Forde. Forde leads the CIS in sacks with 4.5 after he had 4.5 sacks against Acadia last weekend.

Can Tivon Cook continue his successful start?

The X-Men came into 2016 as defending champions, and right now they are playing like the best team in the AUS. A big chunk of their early success belongs to their fifth-year quarterback, Tivon Cook. Cook is averaging 326.0 yards per game, fourth best in the CIS. He has completed 51 out of his 73 passes for 652-yards and two touchdowns in two games. The X-Men offence with Cook leading pack is averaging 468.0 yards per a game which is 11th best in the nation. The Stingers defence is strong at creating turnovers as they have six defensive interceptions and three fumble recoveries this season. It should be interesting to see how Cook handles the Stingers defence.

Special teams

X-Men second-year kicker, Jonathan Heidebrecht currently is 8/11, which is fifth best in the CIS. He has 28 points this season. Concordia Stingers rookie kicker, Andrew Stevens is 2/3 in field goals this season so far. He has scored seven points this year.

Photo credit courtesy of Casey Dulson.