Eman El­e­vates Gaiters Over Red­men For First Win

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Rook­iequar­ter­back Travis Eman used his legs to score a pair to touch­downs and the Bishop’s Gaiters de­fense stuffed the McGill Red­men on a po­ten­tial gamewin­ning drive to se­cure the pur­ple and white’s first win of the year, a 17-13 vic­tory. The ri­vals kicked off in Mon­treal on Thurs­day night at Per­ci­val Mol­son Sta­dium in one of two RSEQ Univer­sity Foot­ball match-ups this Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

Eman (Bramp­ton, Ont.) was one of three Bishop’s piv­ots to see the field as veteran Shane McDon­ald (Uxbridge, Ont.) and sopho­more Alexan­dre Bouffard (Sher­brooke, Que.) also took snaps. Eman’s legs proved to be the dif­fer­ence on the night as he scam­pered six yards and broke a pair of tack­les to score the game’s first ma­jor just 18 seconds be­fore the first half ex­pired.

After a score­less first quar­ter that saw seven punts, the Gaiters grabbed a 7-3 half­time ad­van­tage on the chilly Mon­treal night.

McGill scored their only ma­jor 4:29 into the third frame to grab the lead. They held the ad­van­tage un­til Gaiters’ kicker Vincent Dube (Mont­magny, Que.) split the up­rights on a 30-yard field goal at­tempt with just over four min­utes re­main­ing in the stanza. After the Gaiters got great field po­si­tion from a de­fen­sive stand and pres­sure forced a McGill spe­cial teams mishap, Eman scored his sec­ond touch­down of the night on a 1-yard quar­ter­back sneak just two min­utes later.

The Red­men tacked on a field goal early in the fourth frame to cut Bishop’s ad­van­tage to 17-13. The game was in the bal­ance as the hosts had the ball on their own 26-yard line with 53 seconds re­main­ing. They were able to make a bit of head­way but the game ended when Joshua Miller (Bramp­ton) in­ter­cepted the Red­men’s hail mary at­tempt on the last play of the game and se­cured a Gaiters 17-14 vic­tory, their first of the sea­son.

“It wasn’t pretty but it was a vic­tory,” said Gaiters head coach Kevin Mackey. “We hung tight, at times it was stress­ful but we came through. I’m proud of our guys tonight.”

Bishop’s (1-4) next heads to Que­bec City to face the No. 1 Laval Rouge et Or (5-0) on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 19. With Thurs­day nights win the Gaiters keep their play­off hopes alive. They sit one game be­hind Sher­brooke (2-3) for the fi­nal play­off spot and have a tilt with the Vert et Or on the last day of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Bishop’s Bites: Dube fin­ished the game 1-for-1 on field goals and had his best day as a Gaiter punt­ing the ball. He av­er­aged 35.3 yards on 13 punts… Of­fen­sively Bishop’s three-headed pass­ing at­tack was 7-for-18 for 53 yards…Vincent Dav­i­gnon (Granby, Que.) led the Gaiters in rush­ing in Ron­lee King-Fileen’s (Toronto) ab­sence. Dav­i­gnon car­ried the ball 13 times for 88 yards… Bouffard also added 40 yards of rush­ing … Steve McCol­lum (Bramp­ton) led the Gaiters de­fense that al­lowed 299 yards but just 13 points. He recorded nine tack­les in­clud­ing 2.5 for losses and a sack… Bishop’s was pe­nal­ized 9 times for 100 yards while McGill was flagged 18 times for 158 yards.

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