Ahead of the upcoming McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers game this Saturday afternoon, here are some questions surrounding these two teams as playoff implications are on the line. Introducing, McGill Redmen vs. Concordia Stingers key questions.
McGill Redmen vs. Concordia Stingers Key Questions
Will Trenton Miller bounce back from a disappointing start last week?
Stingers quarterback Trenton Miller had four interceptions in last week’s 43-17 defeat against Sherbrooke Vert et Or, also completing 23 of 51 passes for 279 yards. Miller is having up and down season – he has thrown eight touchdowns for 1,953 yards (5th in the USports) in six games this season and has tossed 12 interceptions (2nd in USports).
Miller has bounced back following bad starts this season – he threw for 330 yards and had one touchdown against STFX X-Men after he threw two interceptions along with 157 passing yards against Universite de Montreal Carabins the previous week. In the first game of the year against the Redmen, Miller completed 33 of his 46 passes for 375 yards, along with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Redmen defence only alloweds 234.3 passing yards per game, sixth best in the country.
Can Frederic Paquette-Perrault have another great performance this week?
Redmen’s Rookie quarterback Frederic Paquette-Perrault was sensational last Friday night against the Bishop’s Gaiters. He completed 37 of his 48 passes for 465 yards and three touchdowns. He was named CIS/USports offensive player of the week for his efforts. Paquette replaced Nicolas English after week one due to an injury he had in week one against the Stingers. In his rookie campaign, Paquette has completed 106 passes for 1,448 yards and has thrown five touchdowns in six games this season.
In the week one match up against the Stingers, Pacquette completed 12 of his 22 passes for 136 yards and had one touchdown and two interceptions. The Stingers defence is currently averaging 293.7 passing yards per a game, 16th best in the country, and has 13 interceptions this season, which is fifth best in the country.
Which rookie receiver, Joel Soucy or Vincent Alessandrini will have the better game?
McGill rookie receiver Soucy became Paquette-Perrault’s main target this season. He has caught 24 passes for 311 yards and has also scored one touchdown. He has averaged 77.8 yards per catch. He had a breakout game against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or when he caught 10 passes for 104 yards. Soucy is dealing with an injury that has kept him out the last two weeks.
Vincent Alessandrini has become a fan-favorite at Concordia. He leads the RSEQ in catches with 46, fifth best in the USports. He also has 481 receiving yards with one touchdown this season. He had averaged 80.2 yards per catch. Alessandrini had his best game of the year against the Redmen when he caught nine passes for 103 yards and one touchdown. In their last meeting, Soucy had five catches for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Can the Stingers finally find their rushing attack?
This season, the rushing offence has been non-existant as running back Jean-Guy Rimpel has carried the ball 73 times for 275 yards and scored one touchdown. Miller ran the football 21 times for 75 yards and has three rushing touchdowns. Although, the Redmen defence is the best in the nation at stopping the run, 65.0 yards per a game.
If the Stingers win this game, they have the advantage over the Redmen for making the playoffs. If the Redmen win this game, the series would be tied at one. The deciding factor would boil down to points scored and allowed.
Main photo courtesy of Tony Bock.