#2015FCC DAY 3 RECAP [stats]: Quebec-Blue edge defending champions Ontario to capture gold at home, Saskatchewan mounts comeback to claim bronze

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Quebec-Blue edge defending champions Ontario to capture gold on home soil

Quebec-Blue defeated defending champion, Ontario 15-12 in the gold medal game at the 2015 Football Canada Cup from Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s Alphonse-Desjardins Stadium in Quebec.

The matchup pitted defending champion Ontario against the host’s top team, Quebec-Blue.

Quebec-Blue drew first blood on a 72-yard touchdown pass as quarterback Ezechiel Tieide found Vincent Forbes-Mombleau all alone following a missed Ontario coverage assignment.

Starting at their own 3-yard line, Quebec elected to play it safe and give up a safety to put Ontario on the board 7-2.

To start the second half, Ontario elected an on-side kick which they recovered near their opponent’s 40-yard line. They capitalized on the momentum swing with a 37-yard Gabriel Siemieniec field goal to narrow the Quebec lead 7-5.

Following the field goal Ontario continued to build momentum as linebacker Nathaniel Edwards stepped in front of a Tieide pass to start Ontario at the Quebec 33-yard line. Ontario capitalized on the turnover as a 1-yard #CFC100 Dominic Mandalfino run gave the defending champions a 12-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

Driving from their own 31-yard line, Quebec was determined to retake the lead. An eight play drive culminated with a 15-yard Samuel Makwanda touchdown catch to bring Quebec ahead by two, 14-12.

A Denzel Gendron-Muscadin forced fumble following a big hit on Ontario quarterback Connor Carusello gave Quebec great field position at their opponent’s 30-yard line. Ontario’s defence held strong, forcing a 31-yard Mathieu Blanchette field goal attempt which missed but went through the end zone for a single, increasing the Quebec advantage to three, 15-12.

With two minutes left to play, Ontario took over at their own 22-yard line looking to even the score. Ontario drove to the Quebec 50-yard line where they faced a critical 3rd down and 6 with 42 seconds to play. Quebec’s defence held strong forcing a turnover on downs.

With 24-seconds left to play Ontario would receive one final offensive series however they were unable to reach field goal range.

QUOTES:

“The kids played well and the kids played hard. I was proud of the way our kids played football. I thought we represented the province incredibly well and hung in there. It didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to turn out but I was proud of our kids.”

On the loud hometown crowd

“I didn’t really worry about the crowd. It’s a tough atmosphere to play here, that’s for sure.”

-Glen Mills

On the gold medal game

“I thought the kids played extremely well. It was a hard fought game. Ontario gave us everything we could handle. It was one of those 12 round fights that went right to the bell.”

On winning Canada Cup on Quebec soil

“I was fortunate to have won in Quebec before in Sherbrooke. This one being a head coach and leading these kids has been a great experience and I think for these kids to play in front of their family and friends is an amazing feeling.”

On the game winning score

“The kids answered the bell. We talked about it on the bench that we’ve got to go out and get a drive together and get a touchdown so that we can get a lead back. It just goes to show that these kids just didn’t give up; they believed in what they could do and they went down there and did it.”

On Samuel Makwanda and his game winning touchdown catch

“Sam is an all-around football player. He was a leader on this team. He’s done it before and had been through the heartache of loosing and coming back and the kids rallying around him and getting that win. It’s an onus on those kids that had been here before and had felt defeat before. It just goes to show that if you put everything together and get your minds right, you can achieve great things.”

On recovering from a third place loss in 2014

“The goal was to put last year behind us and start fresh. This is the 2015 edition; that’s something we talk about every time we do this. They’re unique and they’re never going to be together after this. You have to play together for that three games and it’s something special. They have to buy-in and that’s what they did.”

On Quebec finishing top of the consolation bracket as well

“I think that’s amazing. I’ve always said that Quebec could put two teams together and compete very well. I think it goes to show that our province is blooming in amateur football. They’re well coached at all levels. It just goes to show that our sport is very healthy here and it’s going to continue to get better.”

-Brad Collinson, Quebec-Blue Head Coach

Players of the game
Quebec-Blue Ontario
Defensive #9 Denzel Gendron-Muscadin, DB #9 Nathaniel Edwards, LB
Offensive #84  Vincent Forbes-Mombleau, REC #11 Connor Carusello, QB

 

Tournament MVPs
Winner Provincial team
Offensive #14 Mason Nyhus, QB Saskatchewan
Defensive #22 Kaylyn Smith St-Cyr, DB Quebec-Blue
Special Teams #12 Vincent Blanchard, K Quebec-White

 

Quickie Statistics (Final)
Quebec Bleu vs Ontario (2015-07-19 at Saint-Jean, Qc)
QCB ONT
Score 15 12
FIRST DOWNS 14 16
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 23-110 30-101
PASSING YDS (NET) 155 121
Passes Att-Comp-Int 15-8-1 20-13-0
Team Losses -10 -1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 38-255 51-221
Fumble Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 6-41 4-12
Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-42 3-62
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-12
Punts (Number-Avg) 7-33.3 9-36.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 15-122 13-125
Possession Time 20:44 27:13
Third-Down Conversions 0 of 1 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-2 1-1
Quebec Bleu Ontario
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Samuel Makwanda 15 75 7 68 0 26 4.5
Ezechiel Tieide 5 29 0 29 0 10 5.8
Alex Daigneault 3 14 1 13 0 9 4.3
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Jevante Stanley 24 97 23 74 0 18 3.1
Con. Carusello 5 26 0 26 0 11 5.2
Dom. Mandalfino 1 1 0 1 1 1 1.0
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Ezechiel Tieide 8-15-1 155 2 72 0
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Con. Carusello 13-20-0 121 0 21 1
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Jeffers. Pierre 3 23 0 14
Vinc. Forbes-M. 2 104 1 72
Samuel Makwanda 2 22 1 15
Mat. Blanchette 1 6 0 6
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Gordon Lam 4 52 0 21
Brandon Metz 4 22 0 8
Dom. Mandalfino 2 21 0 14
Mitchell Raper 1 13 0 13
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Mat. Blanchette 7 233 33.3 45 2 0
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Gab. Siemieniec 9 327 36.3 56 2 0
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Long
Carl Chabot 5 36 0 17
F. Lussier-Roy 1 5 0 5
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Long
Brandon Metz 3 14 0 8
Gordon Lam 1 -2 0 0
Kick Returns No. Yards TD Long
K. Smith St-Cyr 1 0 0 0
Carl Chabot 1 42 0 42
Kick Returns No. Yards TD Long
Brandon Metz 2 46 0 27
Ademak. Ireyomi 1 16 0 16
Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
C-E. Bouchard 8-1 8.5 0.0 4.0
D. Gendron-Mus. 5-1 5.5 1.0 1.0
Alec Poirier 4-3 5.5 0.0 0.0
P-Gab. Germain 5-0 5.0 0.0 0.0
Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
Daniel Metcalfe 5-1 5.5 0.0 0.5
Dominic Ciraco 3-2 4.0 0.0 0.5
Nathan. Edwards 3-0 3.0 0.0 1.0
Kev. Acheampong 2-1 2.5 0.0 0.5
Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H
1st 07:48 QCB – Vinc. Forbes-M. 72 yd pass from Ezechiel Tieide (Mat. Blanchette kick), 1-72 0:25 7 – 0
2nd 03:44 ONT – TEAM safety 7 – 2
3rd 02:53 ONT – Gab. Siemieniec 37 yd field goal, 5-18 2:50 7 – 5
05:41 ONT – Dom. Mandalfino 1 yd run (Gab. Siemieniec kick), 3-33 1:36 7 – 12
10:04 QCB – Samuel Makwanda 15 yd pass from Ezechiel Tieide (Mat. Blanchette kick), 7-79 4:11 14 – 12
4th 06:31 QCB – Mat. Blanchette 21 rouge 15 – 12

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Saskatchewan captures bronze in comeback victory over Alberta

Quickie Statistics (Final)
Alberta vs Saskatchewan (Jul 19, 2015 at Saint-Jean, Qc)
ALB SAS
Score 9 22
FIRST DOWNS 11 14
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 16-59 21-38
PASSING YDS (NET) 151 210
Passes Att-Comp-Int 28-12-1 25-13-0
Team Losses -69 -12
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 50-141 48-236
Fumble Returns-Yards 2-0 1-0
Punt Returns-Yards 11-68 9-70
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-44 5-93
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 8-39.2 12-39.2
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties-Yards 5-45 6-55
Possession Time 21:43 26:13
Third-Down Conversions 1 of 5 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-2 2-2
Alberta Saskatchewan
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Desm. Catellier 5 27 3 24 1 15 4.8
Tadiwan. Siwira 3 18 0 18 0 12 6.0
Jacob Izquierdo 4 21 8 13 0 18 3.2
Dan. Blackmore 1 5 0 5 0 5 5.0
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Josh. Ewanchyna 9 26 6 20 1 7 2.2
Kyle Borsa 9 28 17 11 1 16 1.2
Brayden Wagg 1 6 0 6 0 6 6.0
Mason Nyhus 2 1 0 1 0 1 0.5
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Desm. Catellier 12-28-1 151 0 35 6
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Mason Nyhus 13-25-0 210 0 28 2
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Jacob Izquierdo 6 93 0 35
Ethan Kimura 1 23 0 23
David Mueller 1 15 0 15
Dan. Blackmore 1 7 0 7
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Finley Easton 4 66 0 28
Ben Getzlaf 3 30 0 15
Carter Norrish 2 35 0 22
Michael Scraper 2 34 0 26
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Justin Sambu 8 314 39.2 56 0 0
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Eric Despins 12 470 39.2 47 4 0
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Long
Brandt Burzuk 9 68 0 12
Landon Rose 1 0 0 0
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Long
Kyle Borsa 9 70 0 35
Kick Returns No. Yards TD Long
Jacob Izquierdo 3 44 0 23
Kick Returns No. Yards TD Long
Kyle Borsa 3 70 0 31
Avery Pierce 1 32 0 32
Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
Matt. Lucyshun 3-2 4.0 0.0 1.0
Daniel Teitz 3-1 3.5 1.0 2.0
W. Kuyvenhoven 3-1 3.5 0.0 0.0
Noah McDonough 3-0 3.0 1.0 1.0
Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
Logan Bitz 5-1 5.5 0.0 0.0
Brand.McKimmon 5-0 5.0 2.0 2.0
Nicolas Cross 3-2 4.0 0.0 0.0
Kyle Newton 3-2 4.0 2.5 3.5
Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H
1st 08:41 ALB – Desm. Catellier 17 yd field goal, 3-1 1:01 3 – 0
2nd 12:00 SAS – Alexand. Lenius 37 yd field goal, 5-36 0:32 3 – 3
3rd 03:58 SAS – Kyle Borsa 16 yd run (Alexand. Lenius kick), 1-16 0:17 3 – 10
08:27 SAS – TEAM safety 3 – 12
12:00 SAS – Josh. Ewanchyna 2 yd run (Alexand. Lenius kick), 7-65 3:24 3 – 19
4th 03:57 SAS – TEAM safety 3 – 21
10:17 SAS – Eric Despins 0 rouge 3 – 22
11:04 ALB – Desm. Catellier 15 yd run (Desm. Catellier pass failed), 5-75 0:47 9 – 22

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Quebec-White flexes its offensive muscle in fifth place game

Quebec-White captured 5th place at the 2015 Football Canada Cup on Sunday July 19 win a 51-0 win over Nova Scotia at the 2015 Football Canada Cup from Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s Alphonse-Desjardins Stadium in Quebec. With the win Quebec-White improved to a 2-1 tournament record, overcoming an opening day loss.

The host province’s second team came out of the gate early and often, putting up 50 points in the first half.

Quebec got out of the gates on their second possession as quarterback Philip Charpentier connected with Jacob Doucet-Bruyere who maintained his focus to bring in the 30-yard touchdown pass despite the ball being tipped by the secondary.

Down by 7 and facing 3rd down and 1 at their own 45-yard line, Nova Scotia elected to keep their offense on the field however Quebec’s defense held strong, forcing a loss of downs. The host province capitalized on the field position once again, culminating with a 37-yard Maxime Gareau touchdown run.

Gareau reached the end zone again to open the second quarter scoring, this time on a 47-yard touchdown run to give Quebec a 21 point advantage.

Quebec continued to seize momentum on their opponent’s next drive as Louis-Philippe Leclerc blocked and recovered a Nova Scotia punt attempt at the 1-yard line. Joanik Masse took full advantage, running it in to widen the advantage to 35.

Mobile quarterback Guillaume Renaud-Demoulin added his second rushing touchdown of the half followed by quarterback Philip Charpentier’s second touchdown strike, this time to William Marchant to give Quebec a 50 point halftime advantage.

A Vincent Blanchard rouge supplied the only scoring of the second half to make the final score 51-0.

QUOTES:

On Nova Scotia’s loss

“Overall it’s a little disappointing. We came out pretty aggressive early; kicked on-side and did some things both defensively and offensively but overall we just didn’t execute. There were little assignments within the play that we had opportunities or we were in position but we really couldn’t execute or finish the play. They were able to jump out early on us and I’m a little bit disappointed in the way we responded. We have little bit of a depth issue right now and from a conditioning and a strength standpoint to play in our third game against a real quality opponent, we’re just not there right now. As a program we’ve got to make sure we’re taking steps to address this and just get better. Overall I’m proud of the kids; they had a good tournament. We’ve just got to build the infrastructure of our program so that we can compete at a higher level moving forward.”

On the early turnover on downs which led to the 2nd Quebec touchdown

“That was probably an early point in the game that really turned the momentum.  We really struggled to get it back, if we ever did get it back. Third and one with reasonable field position and in Canadian football with a yard off [the defence] you feel like you can get it. For whatever reason, we were unable to execute but hats off to Quebec.”

On the value of the tournament

“From a discipline standpoint and intensity and focus for the most part they did a great job for the last 14 days. To be coached by an all CIS coaching staff is big for these kids. You look at how much they’ve developed from when we first got them defensively, offensively and on special teams they’ve just improved so much and they’ve responded to the coaching which they can take back from this tournament. But also just the quality of opponent they faced. This would have been the best football these kids have ever played. A quality opponent in three straight games was great and you get better in football from playing quality opponents. A lot of these kids should return to their local programs as leaders and impact players and will certainly be ready to move forward in their career and try to make the next step.”

-Steve Snyder, Nova Scotia Head Coach

“I’m pretty happy with the effort these guys have given. Our goal today was to come out of the gate really fast. We felt [that] if we could set the tone and the pace we thought we could do what we intended to do and that was get the win.”

On why he a quick start was so important

“I feel like it wakes us up. When we start fast our guys get live and start playing. When they start slow, they start having a bit of doubt. I wanted these guys to play fast but to play fast we need results early on.”

On finishing with a 2-1 record

“We finished with a positive record so we’re really happy about that. The kids are really happy; they’ll go home knowing they did what they intended to do which was win. We’re really happy about winning two games, especially the last two.”

-Fabrice Raymond, Quebec-White Head Coach

Players of the game
Quebec-White Nova Scotia
Defensive #97 Cédric Thériault, DL #33 Max Gallant, LB
Offensive #15 Philip Charpentier, QB #84 Marko Xidos, REC

Quickie Statistics (Final)
Quebec Blanc vs Nova Scotia (2015-07-19 at Saint-Jean, Qc)
QCW NSC
Score 51 0
FIRST DOWNS 11 4
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 6-117 15-27
PASSING YDS (NET) 174 81
Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-13-0 18-12-1
Team Losses -24 -2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 25-267 34-106
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 2-44 3-13
Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-0 7-121
Interception Returns-Yards 1-32 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 4-42.8 9-21.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-58 6-40
Possession Time 19:04 28:52
Third-Down Conversions 0 of 1 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-4 0-0
Quebec Blanc Nova Scotia
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Maxime Gareau 2 84 0 84 2 47 42.0
Guill. Renaud-D 2 25 0 25 2 18 12.5
Joanik Masse 2 8 0 8 1 7 4.0
Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Adam Bennett 11 26 4 22 0 9 2.0
Luke Oulton 3 7 2 5 0 6 1.7
Monecko Clayton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
P. Charpentier 9-12-0 170 2 42 0
Guill. Renaud-D 4-5-0 4 0 12 0
Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
Monecko Clayton 7-12-1 48 0 12 1
Blake Thompson 5-6-0 33 0 8 0
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Will. Marchand 5 96 1 42
Jacob Salvail 4 36 0 18
Ph. Di Quinzio 2 22 0 22
Jacob Doucet-B. 2 20 1 30
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Luke Oulton 6 33 0 8
Marko Xidos 5 36 0 10
Ben Gallant 1 12 0 12
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Vinc. Blanchard 4 171 42.8 45 0 0
Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Nick Liberatore 9 196 21.8 44 0 0
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Long
Jacob Salvail 2 44 0 33
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Long
Luke Oulton 2 13 0 9
Adam Bennett 1 0 0 0
Kick Returns No. Yards TD Long
Maxime Gareau 1 0 0 0
Kick Returns No. Yards TD Long
Marko Xidos 4 72 0 23
Adam Bennett 2 39 0 20
Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
Ced. Theriault 5-2 6.0 0.0 1.0
Vincy Biande 4-1 4.5 1.0 1.0
Anthony Boone 3-3 4.5 0.0 0.5
Olivier Fortier 2-3 3.5 0.0 0.0
Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
Max Gallant 4-0 4.0 0.0 0.0
Jacob Morgan 2-0 2.0 0.0 0.0
Tyler Ball 2-0 2.0 0.0 1.0
Jamil Saoud 2-0 2.0 0.0 0.0
Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H
1st 03:29 QCW – Jacob Doucet-B. 30 yd pass from P. Charpentier (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 1-30 0:29 7 – 0
07:56 QCW – Maxime Gareau 37 yd run (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 2-45 1:26 14 – 0
2nd 02:13 QCW – Maxime Gareau 47 yd run (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 2-54 1:05 21 – 0
06:27 QCW – Guill. Renaud-D 18 yd run (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 2-60 1:12 28 – 0
06:31 QCW – Vinc. Blanchard 0 rouge 29 – 0
08:11 QCW – Joanik Masse 1 yd run (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 1-1 0:07 36 – 0
09:38 QCW – Guill. Renaud-D 7 yd run (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 1-7 0:20 43 – 0
10:24 QCW – Will. Marchand 26 yd pass from P. Charpentier (Vinc. Blanchard kick), 1-26 0:19 50 – 0
3rd 08:49 QCW – Vinc. Blanchard 7 rouge 51 – 0

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Manitoba rebounds on Day 3, defeating NB in the 7th place game

Manitoba defeated New Brunswick 48-7, capturing 7th place on Sunday July 19 at the 2015 Football Canada Cup from Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s Alphonse-Desjardins Stadium in Quebec.

On the game’s first possession, New Brunswick looked to have their offense clicking as a 17-yard scramble by quarterback David Patry gave them a fresh set of downs near midfield. The Manitoba defence was quick to answer as they brought pressure, forcing and recovering a NB fumble at their opponent’s 45-yard line. A 40-yard #CFC100 Trevor Wright rush would give ’Toba a first and goal at the 1-yard line. Wright goal line run would give Manitoba an early lead. New Brunswick minimized the damage to six as they blocked the extra-point attempt.

A 23-yard Joshua Weichel run would increase the Manitoba lead to 13.

The Manitoba defence continued to give NB issues as they got to punter Louis Auger before he could get off the kick, giving them a short field at the 25. Trevor Wright would add his second touchdown run, making the score 20-0.

Following the score, New Brunswick would reply with authority as quarterback Evan Arnold threw a great ball with touch to Ian Carty who made an over the should grab and took it to the house for an 89-yard touchdown.

NB continued to rebound, recovering a Manitoba fumble near their opponent’s 40-yard line. Facing  third down and goal, New Brunswick elected to go for it however a procedure penalty backed them up to the 6-yard line. Following the penalty they were unable to convert the turnover into points as quarterback Evan Arnold was unable to handle the snap, ending the drive.

To widen the margin 41-7 heading into halftime, Trevor Wright added his third touchdown of the game from 20-yards out while receiver turned quarterback Tommy Semchyshyn added a pair of touchdown passes to Josh Newransky and Liam Grace respectively.

Manitoba would add a Branden Friesen touchdown run to make the final score 48-7.

Players of the game
New Brunswick Manitoba
Defensive #2 Nevin Becker, DB #94 Tony Rossi, DE
Offensive #88 Ian Cantry, REC #32 Trevor Wright, RB

 

QUOTES:

“I was really happy with the way our younger players stepped up and in particular Chase Ellingson who was playing our shifting corner with their offensive player of the game, #88 [Ian Carty]. Chase moved on [to cover Carty after his touchdown] and really shut him down after that and just had a very stellar game out on that island for us. Same with Shae Weekes playing at safety. He came up on a couple of big plays for us at the end of the game. There’s a lot of youth on this team and a lot of youth in this tournament. It’s going to be very exciting to see them next year.”

On forcing a fumble early on in the game

“Speaking of our youth, Brody Williams playing middle linebacker for us, he’s another kid with potentially another year in the tournament for us. He came up and had as nice a tackle and strip as I’ve seen at any level.”

“Our young contributors as I look around at the offense, we had Brandon Friesen out of Portage [la Prairie] had a touchdown late in the game. He’s another young player for us. There’s a lot of players on this team that I want to see come back and make some noise.”

-Dan Washnuk, Manitoba Head Coach

 

On today’s game

“Can’t spot them 20 points and we can’t go 2-and-out our first four drives. We’ve got a resilient group that started to rebound. They learned a lot about themselves in a three-game tournament where you play three games in a week. This is a whole new experience for our kids. I think overall, we’ve taken a step forward this week as a province. We continue to commit to improving our culture and improving our team at the national level. I think that we’ve showcased some exceptional athletes to next level recruiters. We’ve showcased some exceptional coaching but just sometimes the depth isn’t there for the smaller provinces. I’m extremely proud of my kids; we’ve got an absolutely character group and they knew from day one that they were just going to be committed to football and committed to making a statement every time they stepped on the field. It was just an unfortunate result for our guys.”

On the long touchdown

“That’s who we are and that’s [the kind of potential] we’ve seen throughout training camp. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to showcase it as much throughout this tournament. That’s one of our top receivers in our province from one of our top quarterbacks and that’s a quarterback that’s going to be back next year that we’re extremely excited about. We’ve got 18 guys returning [potentially]. This has been an awesome learning experience for our guys. That [touchdown pass] is just an example of what’s to come for Football in New Brunswick.”

-Chris Hopkins, New Brunswick Head Coach

 

 

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