Big win for Galt Pipers

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

The Galt Pipers cel­e­brate after a big win against Mont­calm high school that fin­ished 43 to 0. Dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Pipers had been beaten by Mont­calm 28 to 14.

Re­ceiver Nathan Heather and run­ning back Ron­lee King-Fileen both scored touch­downs for the Bishop’s Gaiters in their fi­nal RSEQ Univer­sity Foot­ball game on Satur­day, Novem­ber 1st. Their ma­jors were not enough as cross-town ri­val Sher­brooke re-claimed the Mayor’s Cup 35-14 on Coul­ter Field.

For Sher­brooke it was their sev­enth Mayor’s Cup vic­tory in the game’s nineyear ex­is­tence. They earn it for the sec­ond time on Coul­ter Field after los­ing the cup to the Gaiters on their home field a year ago.

The Vert et Or scored the game’s first points on a 31-yard field goal off the foot of Mathieu He­bert (Sher­brooke, Que.). They tacked on a touch­down to grab a 10-0 lead after the first frame. The host Gaiters re­fused to re­lin­quish the cup with­out a fight. King-Fileen (Toronto) scam­pered 28-yards just shy of the half­way mark of the sec­ond quar­ter to cut the vis­i­tors lead to 10-7. Sher­brooke re­sponded with a sin­gle and a late touch­down to re-grab mo­men­tum and an 18-7 lead head­ing into half­time.

Another He­bert rouge opened the third quar­ter scor­ing after a missed field goal at the 4:40 mark. On the en­su­ing drive the two-headed quar­ter­back at­tack of Gaiters led by Travis Eman (Bramp­ton, Ont.) and Alexan­dre Bouffard (Sher­brooke) marched Bishop’s down the field. Eman con­nected with Heather (Oro­mocto, N.B.) on a 31-yard strike to cut the lead to 19-14.

Bishop’s had the mo­men­tum as the teams’ en­tered the fi­nal frame. On the first play of the fourth quar­ter the Gaiters faked a punt that had King-Fileen rush 14 yards on 3-11. Un­for­tu­nately for the hosts that mo­men­tum was short lived as the drive came to an abrupt halt three plays later when the Gaiters coughed up the ball. The Vert et Or in turn or­ches­trated an eight­play, 92-yard drive for a de­flat­ing ma­jor and a 26-14 ad­van­tage. Sher­brooke put the game out of reach as they scored on their very next drive after Bishop’s had con­ceded a safety. The fi­nal on the brisk Len­noxville af­ter­noon was 35-14 in favour of the vis­i­tors.

“Sher­brooke is a good foot­ball team,” said Gaiters head coach Kevin Mackey. “We are a young team and made too many mis­takes. It’s dis­ap­point­ing that our sea­son is over but we are go­ing to prac­tice next week and get the guys used to play­ing at this time of year. I’m look­ing for­ward to our fu­ture.”

Eman fin­ished as the games lead­ing rusher with 112 yards on 12 rushes. He was 7-12 for 97 yards with a ma­jor and an in­ter­cep­tion through the air. Bouffard also pri­mar­ily used his legs, rush­ing for 83 yards on 11 car­ries and com­plet­ing one pass in four at­tempts. Heather caught two passes for 46 yards, while fel­low grad­u­at­ing re­ceiver Yaata Nyan­takyi (Bramp­ton, Ont.) re­ceived four passes for 41 yards. King-Fileen car­ried the ball eight times for 64 yards. The Gaiters ran 59 plays tal­ly­ing 367 yards. Jeremi Roch (Mon­treal) led Sher­brooke to 538 to­tal yards of of­fense. He was 29-for-40 for 397 yards and two touch­downs.

Bishop’s 2014 cam­paign comes to a close at 1-7 while Sher­brooke fin­ishes at 5-3 and earns a date with the Mon­treal Cara­bins (7-1) in the RSEQ semi-fi­nal. The other semi-fi­nal will see the Laval Rouge et Or (7-1) host­ing the Con­cor­dia Stingers (5-3).

Stay in­formed with ev­ery­thing Gaiter Ath­let­ics at www.gaiters.ca.

Photo Ch­eryl Hor­batuk

McBean to Horst Cap­tion: Galt quar­ter­back Tyler McBean mak­ing a pass to wide re­ceiver Leo Horst, a Ger­man ex­change stu­dent, dur­ing the semi-fi­nal against Mitchell-Mont­calm high school. The pass was com­pleted for five yards. This Satur­day the Pipers play the con­fer­ence fi­nal against Poly­va­lente Belanger with the win­ners go­ing to the Bol d’Or!

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