Heather And Fox Sen­sa­tional As Gaiters Make His­tory

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheNo.7-ranked Bishop’s Gaiters con­cluded their re­mark­able 2013 reg­u­lar sea­son with a 40-21 vic­tory on Satur­day against the McGill Red­men in RSEQ Univer­sity Foot­ball ac­tion. Quar­ter­back Jor­dan Heather and re­ceiver Alexan­der Fox were sim­ply out­stand­ing. They broke a mul­ti­tude of school, RSEQ and CIS records en route to se­cur­ing their first home play­off game since 1994.

Heather (Oro­mocto, N.B.), had al­ready re-writ­ten the Bishop’s record books. He set the CIS sin­gle-sea­son pass­ing record with a 93-yard touch­down strike fit­tingly to Alexan­der Fox as time ran out on the third quar­ter. His 3132 yards is the new mark for CIS quar­ter­backs to strive for and he be­comes just the fourth pivot to throw for over 3000 yards. The his­tory ma­jor fin­ished the day 26-for-47, 484 yards pass­ing, four touch­downs and zero in­ter­cep­tions. The 484-yards ranks 10th all-time in the RSEQ and is his sec­ond high­est to­tal this year (538 against Laval on Sept. 28). It also marks the fourth con­sec­u­tive game he has passed for over 400 yards. His 20 touch­down tosses in 2013 is the most ever in the RSEQ.

The Mon­treal na­tive, Fox, saved his best per­for­mance for last. He caught seven passes for 256 yards and four touch­downs. The lat­ter two stats are Bishop’s records for a sin­gle game. Fox’s sec­ond touch­down of the day, a three yard catch, gave him 23 for his ca­reer, the most re­ceiv­ing touch­downs ever in the RSEQ. He also reached the 1000-yard plateau, only the 11th player in Cana­dian Univer­sity foot­ball to do so, and earned another Gaiters record.

Not to be out­done by the two record-break­ers, fifth year cap­tain Matt Burke rushed for 132 yards and added 35 more in the re­ceiv­ing col­umn. He too was play­ing his last reg­u­lar sea­son game on Coul­ter Field.

Fel­low se­nior, kicker, Mathieu Pa­que­tte (Sher­brooke, Que.) was 4-for-4 on field goal at­tempts with makes of 20, 22, 28 and 29 yards. He closed out his stellar bounce back sea­son 17-for-23 on field goals in­clud­ing a long of 47, while reg­is­ter­ing 76 points.

McGill jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quar­ter. Late in the frame, a 22-yard Pa­que­tte field goal put the Gaiters on board be­fore the teams switched ends on the cold, rainy Len­noxville af­ter­noon.

The rhythm of the game changed quickly as the Gaiters scored 20 unan­swered points in the sec­ond quar­ter. Af­ter a 20-yard field goal by Pa­que­tte, Fox scored his first touch­down of the day, on a 54-yard pass from Heather. He did it again less than five min­utes later, this time his record break­ing 3-yard touch­down catch. Pa­que­tte’s third field goal of the half put Bishop’s on top 23-8 as the teams headed to their locker rooms.

The Gaiters added 17 more points on the score­board in the third quar­ter, with two more ma­jors from Fox (60 yards and 93 yards, re­spec­tively) and a 29-yard field goal from Pa­que­tte.

The Red­men tried to push in the fourth-quar­ter but it was not enough. They fin­ish the sea­son with a 3-5 record while the Gaiters im­proved to 6-2, their first six-win sea­son since 1993.

In Mon­treal the No. 2 Laval Rouge et Or (8-0) de­feated the No. 6 Mon­treal Cara­bins (5-3). The re­sult means the Gaiters will host an RSEQ semi-fi­nal next Satur­day, Nov. 2, against the Cara­bins. Kick­off is slated for 1 p.m. on Coul­ter Field.

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