Gaiters drop Mayor’s Cup clash to Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville

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.

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