Gaiters Top No.8 Vert Et Or In Spec­tac­tu­lar Fash­ion

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheBishop’s Gaiters want to make noise in the RSEQ Univer­sity Football con­fer­ence in 2013 and they sent a clear mes­sage on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The Gaiters beat the No.8 Sher­brooke Vert & Or 28-27 in front of 2,750 fans at Coul­ter Field.

The vis­i­tors got off to a great start and grabbed a 7-1 lead af­ter the first quar­ter; the re­sult of a touch­down scored by Sher­brooke’s run­ning back Beni Ngunza Djock (Kin­shasa, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo).

The Gaiters fifth-year quar­ter­back Jor­dan Heather from Oro­mocto, New Brunswick played well through­out the game. He threw two spec­tac­u­lars touch­down passes in the sec­ond quar­ter, one to Ge­off Coven­try (Or­leans, Ont.) and an­other to Alexan­der Fox (Mon­treal), of 46 yards and 79 yards re­spec­tively. The pair of strikes helped the Gaiters grab a 15-14 lead, how­ever thanks to a 38-yard field goal made by Mathieu He­bert (Sher­brooke, Que.) the Vert et Or re­turned to the locker-room with a 17-15 ad­van­tage.

Fol­low­ing a rel­a­tively quiet third quar­ter that saw the Vert & Or main­tain a 24-18 lead, Heather re­sponded in the fi­nal frame. He threw an eight yard touch­down pass to Fox that put Bishop’s ahead by a sin­gle point. The teams ex­changed field goals and the Gaiters’ O’Shane Da­ley (Scarborough, Ont.) came up with the big­gest play of the game when he in­ter­cepted a Jeremi Roch-Doyon (Mon­treal) pass on the goal line. The Vert & Or had one last chance af­ter con­vert­ing on third and five. When their 40-yard field goal at­tempt on the last play of the game sailed wide and the Gaiters were able to run the ball out of the end-zone, Bishop’s earned their first vic­tory of the sea­son. It was also the pur­ple and sil­ver’s first win against their cross-town ri­vals since Oc­to­ber 8, 2010.

“We’re ex­tremely happy about this vic­tory,” said Gaiters head coach Kevin Mackey as he put the em­pha­sis on the pos­i­tive as­pects of the game. “It is great to see that we played as a team against the eighth best team in Canada. We do how­ever have to work on some as­pects of our game specif­i­cally the un­nec­es­sary penal­ties.”

The Gaiters will have lit­tle time to cel­e­brate their 28-27 win over the Vert et Or. They are back in ac­tion on Fri­day, Septem­ber 6 in Mon­treal as the face the No.5 Cara­bins at 7 p.m. The game will be live on Estrie 107.7 FM ra­dio. Fol­low the un­de­feated Gaiters any­time at the newlook

Notes: Heather was 26-37 for 387 yards with 3 touch­downs and 0 in­ter­cep­tions… Coven­try caught 7 passes for 142 yards and 1 touch­down…Fox grabbed 6 balls for 133 yards and 2 touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 79-yard catch and run…Da­ley fin­ished with 6 tack­les, in­clud­ing 1 for a loss, 2 in­ter­cep­tions and a pass breakup.

Be­fore the game, a mo­ment of si­lence was ob­served for the vic­tims of the LacMe­gan­tic tragedy. All the pro­ceeds ($555) of the game’s 50/50 tick­ets sale went to Avenir Lac Megantic.

The­fifth an­nual Old Stone House Fall Fo­liage Races will be held on Sun­day morn­ing, Septem­ber 8. The races in­clude a ½ Marathon Run, a 5K Run, 5K Walk, and a 12 mile Bike. All races start and fin­ish in front of the Old Stone House Mu­seum. Af­ter the races there will be fresh corn on the cob, cider press­ing, and awards. Pro­ceeds from the races ben­e­fit pro­grams at the mu­seum. Par­tic­i­pants can take a free tour of the Old Stone House af­ter the prizes are awarded.

Regis­tra­tion for each event is $20, which in­cludes a deep turquoise race t-shirt, while they last. Par­tic­i­pants can pre-reg­is­ter on-line by vis­it­ing where a map of race course can also be viewed, or they can reg­is­ter the day of the race.

The half marathon regis­tra­tion

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