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Laval roars to its 10th victory in Vanier Cup

- PETER BLACK

QUEBEC — Quarterbac­k Hugo Richard said “preparatio­n and intensity” made the difference on Saturday as the fifth-year pivot led the Laval Rouge et Or to their record 10th title, beating the Western Mustangs 34-20 in the 54th Vanier Cup.

That preparatio­n showed early as Laval scored its first of four touchdowns one minute into the game, with Richard hitting receiver Vincent Forbes-Mombleau on 46-yard throw in the end zone.

Richard said he didn’t expect to score a TD on his second throw of the game, but the Rouge et Or were ready from kickoff.

“We’ve been training hard all year and been waiting for this moment,” he said.

Richard thrilled the 12,380 hometown fans at Telus stadium in Quebec City by completing 23-of-31 pass attempts for 348 yards and two touchdowns. The fifth-year QB also ran for 60 yards and a score.

Laval extracted a measure of revenge after its 39-17 loss to the Mustangs in last year’s Vanier Cup played in Hamilton. Western is second to Laval with seven national football championsh­ips in 14 appearance­s.

Both teams went into the match undefeated during the season. The No. 1-ranked Mustangs were riding a 23-game winning streak. Laval still holds the consecutiv­e win record at 25 (2012-14).

Laval head coach Glen Constantin said his team was “humbled” by the Mustangs last year.

 ?? — THE CANADIAN PRESS ?? Laval University Rouge et Or’s Mathieu Betts raises the Vanier Cup in Quebec City on Saturday.
— THE CANADIAN PRESS Laval University Rouge et Or’s Mathieu Betts raises the Vanier Cup in Quebec City on Saturday.

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