College Football |  The Carabineros in the final, despite everything

College Football | The Carabineros in the final, despite everything

The University of Montreal Carabins earned their spot in the Quebec college soccer final Saturday at Center Claude-Robillard with a 23-15 win against the University of Sherbrooke’s Vert et Or.

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miguel marois

miguel marois
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It’s often tough for the Carabins against Vert et Or, like their 5-12 loss two weeks ago at Sherbrooke. And it doesn’t help when the Blues lack discipline like they did on Saturday.

Despite a clear statistical dominance, with almost 500 attacking yards, the Carabineros were under pressure from their rivals until the last moments of the game, with the lack of 200 penalty yards often questionable.

Head coach Marco Iadeluca was also visibly angry after the game: “I’m going to be careful what I say. We will take the win and focus on our preparation for next week’s game. Today we beat more than one team”, he said, careful not to say more about the work of the referees.


PHOTO DENIS GERMAIN, THE PRESS

The Carabins racked up more than 200 penalty yards in Saturday night’s game.

As for Vert et Or, head coach Mathieu Lecompte also regretted certain decisions that did not favor his team. “They deprived us of a turnover, right before his first touchdown,” he said. And I can’t wait to review the players’ progress on our last offensive play. [un troisième essai et une verge à parcourir, près de la zone des buts des Carabins]. It was hard to tell where he was from, but it was still frustrating to end our trip this way. »

A tense game until the end

The Carabineros got off to a good start with a long run of 86 yards in 11 plays. Inserted at quarterback on third down, wide receiver Fabrice Hennekens scored the first touchdown with a sneaky 1-yard pass.

Following a Vert et Or single, Philippe Boyer hit an 18-yard field goal to extend the distance a bit. However, the visitors did not give up and were rewarded with a touchdown by William Marchand, on a three-yard pass from quarterback Anthony Robichaux, to return to just two points, 8-10.

Despite numerous penalties, over 200 yards in all, the Carabins regained the lead late in the second quarter. A touchdown by Hassane Dosso, on a 13-yard pass from Sénécal, then another 18-yard field goal by Boyer, allowed the hosts to return to the locker room in a better position.

Both defenses dominated in the second half. The Carabinieri played more nervously in attack and the Vert et Or often took advantage of a better position on the field. However, the Carabins’ tough defense limited the damage and the visitors had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Louis Tardif and two safety touchdowns.


PHOTO DENIS GERMAIN, THE PRESS

The Carabinieri repeatedly ran into the tough defense of the Vert et Or.

Returning to six points behind the Carabinieri, 15-21, Vert et O, however, had to concede in turn an important security touch that forced him to play everything for everyone, on the third attempt at the end of the game, without success, like we said

Abandoned in Quebec?

Carabins quarterback Jonathan Sénécal, who battled throughout the game and was careful not to make mistakes, saw two touchdown penalties called for penalties.

“We shot ourselves in the foot and of course we can’t take 200 yards from penalties next week and expect to win,” he said. But it is in adversity that we improve.

“If it hadn’t been for some big plays that we narrowly missed, the pace of the game would have been completely different. I think we are very close to doing very good things and, with the return of several important players in attack, we will be ready to face Rouge et Or”.

The Carabins will travel to Quebec City next Saturday for the Dunsmore Cup final against Université Laval Rouge et Or. Reigning two-time champions, the Blues will be left unattended this time against a team that clearly beat them, 22-3, three weeks ago at the PEPS at Université Laval, and which ended the regular season in force. In the first game between the two teams, in Montreal at the start of the season, the Carabins won 21-18 in the final game of the match.

On the Vert et Or side, despite the loss, Mathieu Lecompte was delighted with a season that saw his team progress remarkably to a 4-4 record in the “regular” season.

“Some people still talk about a two-team league, but today we saw that Vert et Or is a solid team that has its place in the country’s elite. Now it’s up to the young people who can make a difference in the field to have the audacity to come to us! »

The Rouge et O defeated the Stingers 38-27

Université Laval also in the final

The Concordia Stingers tried everything to try to derail the logic, but the Montreal team’s valiant efforts were met by a Laval offense in fine form. The Rouge et Or managed to maneuver their opponents’ strong start to slowly impose their pace and win 38-27 against the Stingers on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,620 at Telus Stadium. The Rouge et Or will participate in its 19me Dunsmore Cup away. A win welcomed by head coach Glen Constantin, happy to take the next step.

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