#CFC10 CEGEP (coll. div. 1) PREVIEW [1/2]: Can Vanier’s LB #CFC100 Harelimana and teammates stop Notre-Dame’s offence

Featured image: Vanier College Cheetahs #CFC100 LB #4 Kean Harelimana (Photo credit: Gino Brochu)

Will #CFC100 DE Philippe Lemieux-Cardinal and defensive teammates be able to contain the Cougars’ offence anchored by #CFC100 OT Patrick Davis.

Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy RB #4 Luca Perrier and Vanier College Cheetahs LB #21 Darrem Kyeremeh (Photo credit: Gino Brochu)

Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy Kicker #19 David Côté (Photo credit: Gino Brochu)

Vanier College Cheetahs (5-4) vs Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy (8-1) The division champions will be rested and healthy, which should give them an edge. Also, the Notre-Dame QB, David Pelletier, who finished second with 2415 passing yards, completing 160 out of 259, 22 touchdowns and only 5 picks in 259 attempts, provides another advantage over the Cheetahs. Pelletier’s completion percentage is higher than Vanier’s QB, Dimitrios Sinodinos, who finished third with 2080 passing yards, completing 135 out of 255, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, and his main target, WR Vincent Forbes-Mombleau who racked up 1093 yards, is the number one receiver in the division. In their last confrontation in week 2, both QB’s had an average day, throwing 2 picks each. They have matured since and developed a chemistry with their receivers that will most definitely offer a good show for the crowd. The Vanier running game could be favourable, with RB Patrick Charles who ended the regular season with 704 rushing yards on 120 carries, averaging 6 yards per carry, if their offensive line is in good shape. Defensively, the Cheetahs’s ground stoppers, LB Darren Kyeremeh, who finished number one in total tackles, and #CFC100 Kean Harelimana, ranked third in total tackles, are not protected by their front four, which has been a weakness this season, and may give Notre-Dame an incentive to run the ball a little more if the weather affects the passing game. The Notre-Dame defensive front, anchored by #CFC100 DT Samuel Maranda-Bizeau and DE Alexandre Gagnon, will contain Charles and impose the Cheetahs to pass. This will add pressure on Sinodinos and the Vanier receivers. Keeping Forbes-Mombleau away from the end zone could be the Cheetahs biggest challenge of the weekend and DB’s #CFC100 Derek Acheampong, #CFC100 Zack Fitzgerald and #CFC100 Tyris Lebeau, and they will need to be at their peak. The difference maker in week 2 was Notre-Dame’s kicker, David Côté, who had successfully converted 3 field goals to provide a 16-10 victory, and Notre-Dame’s participation in the championship game, may depend on a leg and a foot.

Collège André-Grasset Phénix #CFC100 DE #5 Philippe Lemieux-Cardinal and #CFC100 LB #23 Denver Coursol (Photo credit: Sonia Pérusse)

Champlain Cougars QB #9 Guillaume Renaud-Dumoulin and #CFC100 OT #69 Patrick Davis (Photo credit: Violettepixel)

Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars (7-2) vs Collège André-Grasset Phénix (7-2) With the return of WR François Rocheleau and RB Samuel Makwanda, the André-Grasset offence can match Champlain on paper. Statistically, they both have the same caliber QB, multiple weapons and a powerful offensive line. Offensively, the QB that is most stable mentally and that makes the least mistakes, will provide his team that advantage. In their last quarrel, the Phénix QB Pierre-Olivier Potvin had managed the ball well and the Cougars QB Thomas Bolduc had thrown 4 picks, giving Grasset the edge on the turnover battle and the win on the last week of the regular season. Last week, the Cougars starting QB was Guillaume Renaud-Dumoulin and he finished the day with 297 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. The pivot situation could be the factor that will determine who moves on. Defensively, lining up the two interception leaders of the division DB’s Bruno Lagacé and Vincent Morissette, Grasset has intercepted opposing QB’s 21 times, against a mere 8 for Champlain. Two of the leading sackers #CFC100 DE Philippe Lemieux-Cardinal and LB Yacine Audette are going to oblige #CFC100 OT Patrick Davis and OL colleagues to step up and keep the pressure away from their young QB’s. Champlain’s LB’s Dominik Brazeau and Michael Brodrique have the same potential and in their triumph against Limoilou last week, they stopped the number two RB of the division, but their young secondary, which could be a determining element in their desire to proceed to the final game, was manipulated by Limoilou’s rookie QB, who piled up 375 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. The performance of the special teams may be needed to slice this one and both teams can depend on their kickers, who have been in pressured situations this season. This is a great match-up and it will be a tight opposition from beginning to end.


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