FB: Gaiters Fall to Cara­bins As Their Sea­son Ends

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

TheBishop’s Gaiters football team lost to the Montreal Cara­bins 37-7 on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27th. The loss elim­i­nated Bishop’s from play­off con­tention as just prior to kick off the RSEQ an­nounced that Bishop’s self-dis­closed the use of an in­el­i­gi­ble player.

“Bishop’s Univer­sity’s Gaiters football pro­gram is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of re­spon­si­ble stu­dent ath­letes. One of our fun­da­men­tal val­ues is re­spect for fair com­pe­ti­tion,” said Brian Breck­les, Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics and Re­cre­ation. “We are com­mit­ted to in­tegrity and trans­parency and we take pride in our pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with the RSEQ and CIS. We have fully co­op­er­ated with these or­ga­ni­za­tions. Once we dis­cov­ered that an ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror had oc­curred, we im­me­di­ately dis­closed the in­for­ma­tion to these or­ga­ni­za­tions. We are con­fi­dent that this er­ror was made in good faith, nonethe­less we re­gret our mis­take. Our team and our coaches un­der­stand the sanc­tions which will be ap­plied by the RESQ and CIS as a re­sult of this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion. We will con­duct a thor­ough re­view of our pro­ce­dures to en­sure that an er­ror like this does not re­cur.”

The re­sult of the in­el­i­gi­ble player meant that Bishop’s for­feited the win they had pre­vi­ously been awarded against the Con­cor­dia Stingers in the first game of the year.

On the field the Gaiters (2-8) played hard early know­ing that they needed a vic­tory and Sher­brooke to beat the McGill Red­men to qual­ify for the playoffs. The Vert et Or (6-3) beat the Red­men (2-7) 30-17.

Montreal scored first on the un­usu­ally warm Oc­to­ber day in Len­noxville. The points came via a safety con­ceded by the Gaiters. Montreal tacked on a field goal and grabbed a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

The Gaiters bounced back and grabbed their first lead of the day when Jor­dan Heather (Oro­mocto, New Brunswick) hooked up with his brother Nathan on a 13 yard touch­down pass at the 5:40 mark of the sec­ond quar­ter. The Cara­bins re­gained the lead when Alexan­dre NadeauPi­uze (Re­pentigny, Quebec) scored on a one yard quar­ter­back sneak. Af­ter a sec­ond safety was con­ceded, Nadeau-Pi­uze scam­pered 16 yards for his sec­ond rush­ing ma­jor of the day. The score gave Montreal a 21-7 lead at half­time.

Montreal’s Ro­trand Sene (Montreal) scored at the 9:38 mark of the third quar­ter ex­tend­ing the vis­i­tors ad­van­tage to 28-7. They tacked on their fourth touch­down of the day in the fi­nal minute of the quar­ter and car­ried a 35-7 lead into the fi­nal frame.

The Gaiters con­ceded a safety at the start of the fourth quar­ter giv­ing Montreal a 37-7 ad­van­tage. There was no more scor­ing in the game and the Cara­bins won elim­i­nat­ing Bishop’s from the playoffs. Montreal fin­ishes sec­ond in the RSEQ with an 8-1 record and will host the Sher­brooke Vert et Or next Satur­day.

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