Red­men Top Gaiters on Grid­iron

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

TheBishop’s Gaiters football team fell 34-20 to the McGill Red­men last Thurs­day night at Per­ci­val Mol­son Sta­dium. The loss drops Bishop’s to 2-4 while the Red­men im­prove to 2-4 and now hold the tiebreaker be­tween the two teams.

The Gaiters got off to a fast start as Jor­dan Heather (Oro­mocto, NB) con­nected with Alexan­der Fox (Montreal West, QC) on a 40 yard touch­down just 5:12 into the game. McGill an­swered with a field goal and rouge be­fore the quar­ter ended. Bishop’s looked to grab mo­men­tum but a David Had­drall (Kingston, ON) pass on a fake field goal fell in­com­plete. Bishop’s held a 7-4 lead head­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Red­men added an­other field goal 7:27 into the sec­ond frame and af­ter a con­ceded safety they led 9-7. The Gaiters an­swered back with a ma­jor as Heather scam­pered 16 yards to give the pur­ple and white a 14-9 half­time lead.

The Gaiters re­ceived the sec­ond half kick­off but it was the Red­men who cap­i­tal­ized. They picked off Heather deep in the Bishop’s ter­ri­tory and even­tu­ally scored on a Jonathan Collin one yard quar­ter­back sneak. The Gaiters’ Mathieu Paquette (Ma­gog, QC) and Red­men’s Samy Rassy ex­changed field goals giv­ing McGill a 19-17 ad­van­tage af­ter three quar­ters.

Rassy and Paquette again ex­changed field goals to open the fi­nal frame. McGill took con­trol and mo­men­tum when Ryne Bondy con­nected with Shaquille John­son for a 30 yard catch and run to the end zone. The play came on sec­ond down and long 8:38 into the quar­ter. The score ex­tended McGill’s lead to 29-20. Bishop’s con­ceded an­other safety giv­ing the Red­men an 11 point lead. Rassy kicked his fifth field goal of the night with less than a minute to go put the nail in the Gaiters cof­fin. It gave the Red­men a 34-20 vic­tory. It was McGill’s first win against an RSEQ op­po­nent since Oc­to­ber 3, 2009.

The Red­men’s 14 point vic­tory also gives them any tiebreaker over the Gaiters.

Next up for Bishop’s is the an­nual May­ors Cup matchup with the Sher­brooke Vert et Or (2-3) on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13. Kick­off is set for 1 p.m. on the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke sta­dium field. Get all of your Gaiters sports in­for­ma­tion at www. gaiters.ca.

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