The Quebec conference had a pretty good week, sweeping the Atlantic conference. The result was having five teams who received votes in this most recent Top 10.
From now on, the Quebec conference's focus will be friendly fire and playoff positioning.
Concordia (1-1) @ McGill (0-2) :: 34-29 Concordia
Once again McGill was involved in the most exciting game of the week. Once again they came off on the losing end.
McGill opened up the game with Jeffery Thompson returning the opening kickoff 102 yards. Oddly it was Austin Anderson who was named Special Teams player of the week in the Q who kicked three of his six field goals in the first half as McGill opened an 18-3 lead.
Terrence Morsink got his second straight start in place of Robert Mackay who is still day-to-day after suffering an injury in the first half of the season opener against Bishop's. He started off slow as the running game took a while to get going, but exploded in the second half and Concordia's defence held McGill without a major.
Right before half time, Morsink found Edem Nyamadi to make the score 18-10. Early in the fourth quarter he hit Liam Mahoney with a 33-yard pass to make the score 24-20 and after Anderson's sixth field goal, Mike Donnelly scampered for 15 yards to tie the game at 27 with 3:47 to go.
Then, after a McGill two-and-out, Kris Robertson returned the punt 62 yards for a touchdown and Concordia completed the comeback.
However, with 54 seconds remaining, Concordia coach Gerry McGrath made the odd decision to concede a safety instead of punting allowing McGill to get the ball back where a touchdown would win the game instead of forcing a tie. McGrath wanted to stay away from kicking the ball to Thompson who had 236 total return yards on the day. McGill started driving and used a couple of pass interference penalties to have 1st-and-goal from the 1 yard line. After a stop, McGill was called for procedure to move it back to the 6 yard line before Kyle Smith intercepted the ball in the end zone on the game's final play.
Terrence Morsink (CON): 24/42, 317 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Liam Mahoney (CON): 9 catches, 122 yards, TD
Austin Anderson (MCG): 6/8 field goals, 1/1 XP
Mount Allison (1-0) @ Sherbrooke (0-2) :: 44-10 Sherbrooke
Simon Charbonneau-Campeau caught a 75 yard touchdown pass from Jean-Philippe Shoiry late in the first quarter to make the score 14-3. The score was 20-3 before Mount Allison had their big touchdown play, a 75 yard touchdown reception from Gary Ross. Sherbrooke went on to dominate the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points to get their first win of the season.
Simon Charbonneau-Campeau (SHE): 7 catches, 183 yards, TD
Gary Ross (MTA): 10 catches, 194 yards, TD
David Dumas-Goulet (SHE): 9 rushes, 92 yards, 2 TD
#3 Montreal (2-0) @ St. FX (0-1) :: 27-10 Montreal
Playing without their starting quarterback who didn't make the trip to Antigonish, it was all Rotrand Sene in Montreal's big win, and that's par for the course for the CIS's leading rusher. Sene had 220 yards on the ground with a touchdown and the Carabins had under 90 yards in the air while keeping the X-Men scoreless until the fourth quarter.
St. FX's only scoring was on special teams as Montreal held them to a single, a field goal and a punt return for a touchdown and 112 yards of offence.
Rotrand Sene (MTL): 33 carries, 220 yards, TD
Mathieu Labelle (MTL): 5 carries, 55 yards
Dylan Hollohan (FX): 10 tackles, 119 yard punt return TD
#1 Laval (2-0) @ Saint Mary's (0-1) :: 45-7 Laval
Laval opened up a 44-0 lead, including 20 second quarter points before the Huskies were able to find the scoreboard with three minutes remaining in the game. Sebastien Levesque had two touchdowns and Christopher Milo had three field goals while Laval racked up 465 yards of offence.
Saint Mary's lone touchdown was a three yard run by Devon Jones. Micah Brown struggled in his first CIS start, going 8/24 for 163 yards.
Sebastien Levesque (LAV): 18 carries, 99 yards, 2 TD
Bruno Prud'homme (LAV): 13/19, 190 yards, TD
Ryan King (SMU): 10 tackles
#10 Acadia (1-0) @ Bishop's (1-1) :: 31-16 Bishop's
Bishop's defence was stout, allowing a point through the first three quarters while their offence went to town early and often against the Axemen.
Josh Maveety also scored on a fake field goal when he took a lateral and ran 15 yards for the score. Jesse Andrews threw for a touchdown and ran for one and the defence created four turnovers.
Acadia's best moments came in the fourth quarter when A.J. Durling had a 33 yard touchdown reception from Kyle Graves
Jesse Andrews (BIS): 18/29, 219 yards, TD; 7 carries, 52 yards, TD
John Jean-Baptiste (BIS): 11 carries, 80 yards
Kyle Graves (ACA): 15/24, 142 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT; 12 carries, 61 yards
1. LAVAL 3-0
2. MONTREAL 3-0
3. BISHOP'S 2-1
4. CONCORDIA 2-1
5. SHERBROOKE 1-2
6. McGILL 0-3
The Week Ahead:
McGill (0-3) @ Montreal (3-0), Friday 7pm
Bishop's (2-1) @ Concordia (2-1), Saturday 1pm [Radio: Team 990, TV: Radio-Canada]
Sherbrooke (1-2) @ Laval (3-0), Sunday 1pm
The biggest game is at Concordia where Bishop's and Concordia play for the second and final time this season. It will go a long way in deciding who will finish third in the QUFL and these team's couldn't be closer. Their first game was 17-14 in Bishop's home opener and they were separated by one point in this week's CIS-FRC Top 10.
Elsewhere, McGill and Sherbrooke will be in tough to battle for playoff positioning as they have to face the top two teams in the conference. The good news for Sherbrooke is that they won't have to see Laval again this season after Sunday.