De­spite Strong Start Cougars Lose In Semi Fi­nal Game

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It was a sad sight on the Coul­ter field this past Satur­day, as the Cham­plain Cougars lost in the AAA CEGEP foot­ball semi-fi­nal against the F-X Garneau Élans by a score of 48-27. Many Cham­plain play­ers left the field with heavy hearts and bit­ter feel­ings, many of them for the last time as Cougars. “It’s tough… When you look at those third year guys, it’s sad to see them leave [with­out a cham­pi­onship]” said Cougar head coach Jean-fran­cois Joncas.

The Cougars of­fense was strong in the first quar­ter. Their first touch­down fol­lowed an F-X fum­ble re­cov­ered by Jor­dan Com­tois. Af­ter mov­ing up to the 38 yard line, quar­ter­back An­thony Au­clair threw the ball down­field over a de­fender and straight into the arms of a streak­ing Al­boury Ndao.

Cham­plain added a safety af­ter the de­fense backed the Élans up, forc­ing them to kneel down in their end­zone on the punt. Devon Ste­wart then had a seven yard touch­down run.

The op­pos­ing team opened the flood­gates in the sec­ond quar­ter. F-X scored their first touch­down on a run by the quar­ter­back. They went on to add three more touch­downs be­fore the half, while Cham­plain scored a field goal af­ter an 87 yard kick re­turn by Fran­cis Lovin­sky. F-X Garneau scored three more touch­downs in the sec­ond half, while hold­ing the Cougars at bay. Cham­plain scored again with an 80 yard pass to Al­boury Ndao. F-X in­ter­cepted the ball and ran down the clock.

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