Wilson’s TD with 23 seconds left caps Gaiter comeback
yard catch by Shantino Wilson (Brampton, Ont.) with 23 seconds left gave the Bishop’s Gaiters a comefrom-behind victory, 21-18, over the Mcgill Redmen in CIS football action last Saturday afternoon at Coulter Field. Wilson’s touchdown, the first of his career, was the culmination of a ten-play, 68-yard drive over 1:37, as the Gaiters completed a comeback from an 11-0 halftime deficit.
Gaiter quarterback Jordan Heather (Oromocto, N.B.) tossed a pair of touchdowns, as he also found Quincy Van De Cruize (Etobicoke, Ont.) early in the third quarter to start the comeback. He finished with 350 yards passing, his fourth 300yard game of the season, as he completed 25 of 47 attempts.
The comeback began, much the same way as it did three weeks ago in Montreal, with a big play on the Gaiters’ first play of the second half. This time, Heather found Van De Cruize open at midfield, and he evaded a pair of Mcgill defensive backs and romped into the end zone for a 76-yard score. A pair of singles by Mathieu Paquette (Magog, Que.) cut the gap to 11-9 after three quarters.
Jesse Briggs put Mcgill back up 18-9 at 3:56 of the fourth with an 11-yard interception return touchdown. However, Paquette’s 41-yard field goal on the next drive cut the margin to 18-12.
With 2:07 to go, the Redmen conceded a safety touch, dropping the margin to 18-14. Steven Turner’s (Brampton, Ont.) 33-yard kickoff return gave the Gaiters the ball on their own 42-yard line with 2:00 left. Heather completed six of ten passes on the drive as he masterfully drove the Gaiters down the field for the game-winning major.
Van De Cruize was the Gaiters’ leading receiver, with 150 yards on six catches, while Alexander Fox caught seven balls for 84 yards.
The Gaiters outgained Mcgill 323-261, including 310 second-half yards. Bishop’s made 18 first downs, to 13 for the Redmen. The Gaiters took 14 penalties for 120 yards, while Mcgill was flagged 12 times for 95 yards. Bishop’s caused four Mcgill turnovers, while coughing the ball up only twice.
Defensively, Dan West (Ajax, Ont.) led the Gaiters with 6.5 tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble. Elie Ngoyi (Sherbrooke, Que.) and Steven Mccollum (Brampton, Ont.) each had sacks.
With the win and Concordia’s loss, the Gaiters remain alive in the Quebec conference playoff race, but need a win next week, combined with a Concordia loss.
The Gaiters (3-5) close out the regular season at home on Saturday, as they host No. 3 Laval (6-1). Kickoff at Coulter Field is set for 1 p.m.