Gaiters Stung By Con­cor­dia In Sea­son Opener

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Fifth-year run­ning back Ron­lee King-Fileen had his best day as a Bishop’s Gaiter, rush­ing 18 times for 119 yards, he even hur­dled a de­fender how­ever it wasn’t enough. The Con­cor­dia Stingers topped the Gaiters 25-15 in Mon­treal on Satur­day, Sept. 6 to open the RSEQ Univer­sity Foot­ball sea­son.

King-Fileen (Toronto) also scored the Gaiters lone ma­jor on the day at the 7:48 mark of the sec­ond quar­ter that at the time put the vis­i­tors on top.

The kick­ers seemed poised to steal the show as the Stingers’ Kee­gan Treloar (Bran­don, Man.) and Gaiters’ Vincent Dube (Mont­magny, Que.) al­ter­nated suc­cess­ful at­tempts to tie the game at six. Treloar added his third of the day, a 35-yarder just two min­utes be­fore the Gaiters grabbed the lead 13-9 head­ing into half­time.

In the sec­ond half Mickey Don­a­van’s crew took ad­van­tage of Gaiters mis­cues and gave their bench boss his first win in his first game as a CIS head coach. Con­cor­dia outscored their coun­ter­parts 16-2 after the break as Bishop’s turned the ball over six times.

Con­cor­dia’s run­ning back Gun­ner Ta­tum (Crane, Tx.) tied an RSEQ record with 35 car­ries on the day; he rushed for 192 yards and scored the touch­down that put the Stingers on top for good.

Bishop’s fifth-year pivot Shane McDon­ald (Uxbridge, Ont.) had a game he’d like to for­get. He was 24-for-42 for 319 yards but had three in­ter­cep­tions. His favourite tar­get was rookie Dashaun Smellie (Mis­sis­sauga, Ont.) who caught 6 passes for 64 yards. Vet­er­ans Jerome Mercier (Que­bec City) and Nathan Heather (Oro­mocto, N.B.) each grabbed five passes for 59 and 58 yards re­spec­tively and Yaata Nyan­takyi (Toronto) chipped in with four catches for 72 yards and had 51 punt re­turn yards and 79 kick­off re­turn yards.

“I thought we beat our­selves to­day,” said Gaiters head coach Kevin Mackey. “We are go­ing to work hard to pre­pare for Mon­treal. We have to clean up some things and ex­e­cute bet­ter.” See all of Coach Mackey’s post-game com­ments here: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=MRuMi0tIjr8

The Gaiters (0-1) won’t have long to re­group from their 25-15 loss to the Con­cor­dia Stingers (1-0) as they are back in ac­tion on Fri­day, Sept. 12 once again in Mon­treal. They face the Cara­bins (0-1) at 7 p.m. at CEPSUM. Stay up-to-date any­time with the Gaiters at www.gaiters.ca. Quick hits: The Gaiters punt­ing game strug­gled av­er­ag­ing 27.5 yards on 6 at­tempts… Bishop’s took 9 penal­ties for 88 yards while Con­cor­dia was pe­nal­ized 7 times for 60 yards…Bishop’s out­gained the Stingers 442 to 302 yards how­ever the Gaiters turned the ball over 9 times while Con­cor­dia gave the ball away 3 times…Ta­tum tied Gaiters great Ja­mall Lee for most car­ries in an RSEQ game with 35.

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