CÉGEP10 (coll. div. 1) PREVIEWS (2): Cougars, Cheetahs set for battle with vital two points on line

Saturday, September 2nd at 1:00pm
Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy v.s Cégep Lévis-Lauzon Faucons
After passing their first test of the season in a come from behind victory, CNDF will be looking to open it up a little more versus a Faucons defence that allowed 40+ points in their opening loss.

If they’re going to do so, they’ll need a better performance from almost everybody on the offensive side, but most importantly quarterback Philip Charpentier who struggled to find his groove versus a tough side from Vieux Montréal. He’ll be looking to CFC60 Vincent Forbes-Mombleau as his outlet receiver once again after catching six passes for 33 yards last week, but they’ll need to cover some more distance if they want to pose a serious threat.

For Lévis-Lauzon, don’t be surprised if they stick to the ground attack as much as possible after feeding CFC60 Joanik Masse the ball 41 times last week, which sounds crazy until you realize he covered 354 yards in the process. They didn’t completely abandon the passing game, but they’ll need better production out of their quarterbacks this week if they want to put together a solid four quarter performance, especially against a CNDF defence that should be feeling confident coming off a shutdown performance.

Saturday, September 2nd at 1:00pm
Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Géants v.s Cégep Garneau Élans
The bad news is both Saint-Jean and Garneau enter week two winless, but the good news is one will have a victory to celebrate over the Labour Day weekend.

The main focus for the Élans heading into this contest should be on clamping down the airways after getting torched for four touchdowns versus André-Grasset, meanwhile the Géants will be looking to find some success under centre after completing just 14/35 pass last week which included two interceptions. So in shorter words, this should be a great battle of wits with each coaching staff looking to right the ship.

Look for CFC60 Mathieu Blanchette to be active for Garneau if they’re able to get things going offensively, while Jesse Swennen and Étienne Doyon should be heavily involved once again in the backfield if Saint-Jean can’t figure out their early passing woes.

Saturday, September 2nd at 5:00pm
Champlain College Lennoxville Cougars v.s Vanier College Cheetahs
We were treated to barnburner between VM and CNDF to kickoff the year, now we look to the Cougars and Cheetahs to provide a similar entertaining matchup with a lot at stake even though it’s still early in the season.

Neither team met much resistance in their opening victories, but they’ll need to mind their P’s and Q’s with a ton of CFC60 talent on both sides of the ball, which ranges from playmakers like Samuel Emilus and Patrick Charles lining up for Vanier, while on the other side they’ll need to figure out how to put a stop to receiver Thomas Trottier. Then on defence you’ll have defensive end Arnold Mbembe and Darren Wiltshire shutting things down for the Cheetahs, which will be matched by linebacker Michael Brodrique and defensive back Shawn Boucher prowling around for the Cougars.

In summary, there’s going to be some fireworks in this one, and it may give a glimpse into the future with playoff positioning very much on the line.

Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30pm
Collège André-Grasset Phénix v.s Collège Montmorency Nomades
Montmorency may be in for a long night going up against an explosive group from André-Grasset, but never count out the Nomades who’ll always give a team fits even if they come up short in the end.

This was the case last week before they tailed off in the second half, so the main focus for Montmorency will be to stay the course until the final whistle, which means they’ll need some consistent yardage from their running game to help out quarterback Benjamin Pelletier, who put together a fine performance totalling 227 yards and a touchdown against Limoilou.

They’re going to need all the help they can get because it’ll be a struggle slowing down a Grasset offence that tore it up last week finishing with over 400 yards. They were led by rookie Jonathan Sénécal under centre, who had a near picture perfect debut, but not without the help of CFC60 receivers Kevin Mitale and François Rocheleau who combined for three touchdowns and 265 of those yards.

Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30pm
Cégep du Vieux Montréal Spartiates v.s Cégep Limoilou Titans
With each team having reason to feel confident despite being on opposite ends of the standings.
this is the sleeper game of the week that could turn into an interesting matchup depending on who gets the early breaks.

The Spartiates are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the defending champions that would’ve been the perfect statement game, but they’ll need to see a big step up in production from guys like CFC60 Jefferson Pierre, who’ll be attracting some extra attention with their struggles in the backfield. One other point of emphasis will be ball protection, which cost them dearly after capitalizing of some turnovers of their own to pull ahead before losing last week.

For the Titans, much of this week will be about carrying the good vibes from their opening win, but they’re going to need to get the aerial attack in motion if they want to solve a tough VM defence that kept them alive versus CNDF. One bright spot they’ll want to keep in their advantage was a versatile rushing attack led by Pier-Olivier Cadoret and Philippe Genest in the backfield, which was then complimented by quarterback Olivier Bamrounsavath, who ended up leading the team in rushing yards with 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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