Gaiters drop Mayor’s Cup clash to Sherbrooke
JérémiDoyon-Roch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the No. 4-ranked Sherbrooke Vert & Or defeated the Bishop’s Gaiters, 38-11, in CIS football action last Saturday night in Sherbrooke. The rookie completed 15 of 28 passes for 224 yards, and connected with Alex Corriveau and Ismael Bamba on scoring throws, as Sherbrooke won the Mayor’s Cup for the fourth straight year.
Sherbrooke took a 10-0 firstquarter lead on Corriveau’s touchdown and a field goal by William Dion. The major came three plays after the Gaiters fumbled the ball deep in Sherbrooke territory. The hosts extended their lead early in the second on Doyon-Roch’s scoring run at 0:27 and a pair of safety touches gave the hosts a 21-1 halftime lead. The only first-half score for Bishop’s came on a 66-yard punt single by Mathieu Paquette (Magog, Que.).
The Gaiters mounted a comeback late in the third quarter, as Jordan Heather (Oromocto, N.B.) found Luca Urbani (Montreal, Que.) on a 14-yard screen pass. The touchdown, the first of Urbani’s career, cut the gap to 21-8. On the next series, an interception by Harrison Maloney (Thurso, Que.) gave the Gaiters the ball on the Sherbrooke 18. But the Gaiters could only convert that into a 22-yard Paquette field goal at 1:04 of the fourth, cutting the margin to ten points.
Sherbrooke settled matters on the next series, as Doyon-Roch connected with Bamba on a 30-yard pass.
The Vert & Or outgained Bishop’s 510-122, and made 25 first downs to the Gaiters’ 13. The Gaiters committed two turnovers, but those turned into Sherbrooke’s first ten points. The Vert & Or committed two miscues of their own, resulting in three points for the Gaiters.
For the Gaiters, Heather went 19-for-25 for 141 yards with an interception. His brother Nathan was the Gaiters’ leading receiver with four catches for 50 yards. Ryon McCalla (Brampton, Ont.) had a careerhigh 44 yards on seven carries.
The Gaiters are back in action on Sunday, October 16, as they visit the No. 1-ranked Laval Rouge et Or (5-1). Kickoff at the newly-renamed Stade Telus in Quebec City is set for 1 p.m.