Week Six RSEQ Recap

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A big week in university football! This Week Six RSEQ recap includes the year’s banner game, where nationally ranked number two Laval Rouge et Or defeat number one, the Universite de Montreal Carabins, 22-19 on Saturday. This was the Carabins’ first loss of the season; it also gave Laval their first victory in four tries over Montreal, and their first win in Montreal since 2013. With the win, both schools move to 5-1 and sit tied at atop of the RSEQ standings. In other matchups, the McGill Redmen beat Bishop’s Gaiters, 37-14. The final game of the week saw Sherbrooke Vert et Or beat Concordia Stingers, 43-17.

Week Six RSEQ Recap

Carabins vs. Rouge et Or

“The win showed a lot of character and resilience, this is very important for us to have a win in Montreal because we might have to come back here”, Rouge et Or head coach Glen Constantin said.

Mathieu Betts and Rouge et Or Defense Step Up

Betts had six solo tackles including three sacks in the win over the Carabins. The defence did a fantastic job at stopping the Carabins terrorizing running offence, which is ranked in the CIS top ten. Carabins quarterback Samuel Caron was limited to 24 yards on seven carries, and running back Sean-Thomas Erlington was limited to nine yards on seven carries. The Rouge et Or defense on the final Carabins drive came up big, stopping a third and one on their own 20, guaranteeing the Rouge et Or victory. The defence did surrender any points in the second half, and also forced a fumble.

Carabins Passing Game on Point

Samuel Caron completed 27 of  38 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown in the game. Caron’s main target on the day was Regis Cibasu, who had six catches for 112 yards in the loss. Caron’s offence put on a show in the final minute of the second quarter as they scored two touchdowns. Caron ended a three-play drive with a 30-yard touchdown strike to Louis-Mathieu Normandin. Normandin had four catches for 55 yards in the game. Then following a Hugo Richard interception on Laval’s 40, Caron connected with Cibasu for a 34-yard pass, the longest Carabins offensive play. Caron ended the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The two late touchdowns give the Carabins a 18-10 lead at halftime.

Poor Outing for Hugo Richard

Richard completed a respectable 20 out of his 35 passes for 277 yards. But he also had three turnovers, two picks and a fumble, in the game. Richard through came up big when he need to be, completing a 38-yard pass to Tyrone Pierre in the fourth quarter which led to the game-winning 24-yard field goal by Dominic Levesque. Richard also had a 34-yard pass to Johnathan Robert Breton on the first Rouge et Or first drive of the third quarter. Breton made the 11-yard touchdown run on the next play, and was Richard’s main target in the game with seven catches for 89 yards.

Carabins Defence Create Turnovers

The Carabins defense had three turnovers in the loss, picking off Richard twice and forcing him to fumble once. They also sacked him six times. The Carabins turnovers led to Carabins scoring seven unanswered points. The Carabins coming into the game were top ten in turnovers.

“The fact that they are #1 in the country does not really mean anything to us, to us it is Montreal,” quarterback Richard said. “We are happy to beat them on their field like they have beaten us on ours”.

“It’s always fun games between Montreal and Laval, which always end up coming down to the bottom line”, Betts said.

“They made a couple more plays then we did, you have to give them credit for that and it was a close football game between two teams that knew each other well,” added Carabins head coach, Danny Maciocia. “We played well enough to win at times but unfortunately, we give up short and we have to live with that”.

McGill Redmen beat Bishop’s Gaiters

The Redmen move to .500 after they beat the Bishop’s Gaiters 37-14 on Friday night in Sherbrooke. They sit at 3-3 on the year, while the Gaiters are still down at 5-1 so far this year, with their single-point win over Saint Mary’s in Week four remaining their only victory.

Have the Redmen Found their Quarterback?

Rookie quarterback Frederic Paquette-Perrault put on a show in the win. He completed 37 of 48 passes, throwing for 465 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a one-yard touchdown run in the game. Paquette-Perrault has been inconsistent throughout the season, including an off day in last week’s 61-9 loss to Laval Rouge et Or. He completed only 12 of his 26 passes there, and threw for 165 yards along with two interceptions.

Gaiters Quarterback Situation

Mathieu Demers completed six of his 18 passes in the loss. He also threw for 79 yards along with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Gaiters throughout the season have been using a two-quarterback system with Demers and CJFL Regina Thunder transfer, Jaeden Marwick. Marwick did start the game at quarterback but was pulled after he completed only four of nine passes for 29 yards. Marwick was the hero in the Gaiters’ only win of the year against Saint Mary’s, with 319 yards and two touchdowns to receiver Zach Graveson in the fourth quarter, which give the Gaiters the win. Marwick this season has thrown for 869 yards and has five touchdowns along with five interceptions in five games, while Demers has passed for 420 yards and has two touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games.

Concordia Stingers Lose to Sherbrooke Vert et Or

The Concordia-Sherbrooke matchup evened up the two teams in the standings, with the Vert et Or win over the Stingers moving both teams’ records to 3-3.

Bourque-St-Hilaire and the Offense Do Their Part

Jean Christopher Bourque St-Hilaire completed 19 of  28 passes and threw for 319 yards with one interception in the win. He also rushed for 35 yards on eight carries and scored a one-yard touchdown. His favorite target on the day was Jean-Raphaël Moisan, who caught nine passes for 144 yards. Running backs Isaac Lauzon and Gabriel Polan combined for 86 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. The offence did a good job of putting kicker Mathieu Hebert in his range. He had four field goals, his longest at 31 yards.

Bad Day for Miller

This season has been up and down journey for last season’s MVP. Trenton Miller was coming off a 451-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Bishop’s Gaiters two weeks ago. This week he completed only 23 of 51 passes for 279 yards in the loss. He had a six-yard rushing touchdown, but also threw four interceptions, including one that was returned for a pick-six by Keith Sanscartier. Miller leads the conference in passing yards with 1,953. He also has eight touchdowns, second best in the conference. Lastly, Miller has 12 interceptions which is the most among RSEQ quarterbacks.

Looking Ahead to Week Seven

Coming into Week Seven, the Montreal Carabins will play the Vert et Or on Sunday in what promises to be exciting game. Laval will play Bishop’s Gaiters on Sunday, and the Concordia Stingers and McGill Redmen will play on Saturday, with playoff implications on the line.