Laval’s offence has no mercy for Concordia

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Alexandre Savard (85) catches an 18-yard pass from his quarterback Hugo Richard (not pictured) for a touchdown early in the third quarter in Laval’s 49-9 rout of the Concordia Stingers. Louis Achaintre (22) is helpless on the play.

If Université Laval football head coach Glen Constantin was worried about the offence of his Rouge et Or team, quarterback Hugo Richard quickly swept those worries away. The Rouge et Or crushed the Concordia University Stingers 49-9 on Sept. 1 in front of 9,132 fans at Stade Telus.

The Rouge et Or offence, which was held without a touchdown in Sherbrooke in the first game of the season, scored six majors during the game.

Quarterback Hugo Richard played like a general on offence, leading his troops with 297 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Running back Christopher Amoha also had a huge game, with 97 rushing yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.

It was really a team effort as NFL prospect Mathieu Betts had two quarterback sacks, including one in the Stingers’ end zone for a defensive safety. With these sacks, Betts is now the all-time leader in that category at Laval with 28.5 in his career.

Vincent Desjardins and Émile Chênevert led the blockers with four tackles each.

Finally, punter Dominic Lévesque kept the Concordia offence deep in the end zone, with many of his punts landing inside the five-yard line.

For Constantin, this performance came close to that of the the Rouge et Or’s preseason game against the University of Guelph. “I sensed that the guys had the positive energy that we had against Guelph,” Constantin noted. “We did not look like the same team that played against Sherbrooke.”

Constantin was pleased with the play of his quarterback as well as the team’s defense. “Hugo Richard was really sharp and showed how well he can read the other team’s defense. As for our defensive units, we wanted to be more physical than we were against Sherbrooke.”

Laval now has a record of two wins in two games. Their next opponent will be the Université de Montréal Carabins, who had a bye last weekend. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Carabins’ stadium. TVA Sports will show the game live.

Laval soccer teams in action
The women’s and men’s soccer teams at Université Laval were also in action this past week. After drawing 0-0 with Université de Montréal on Aug. 29, the women’s team defeated Bishop’s University 3-0 two nights later. On the men’s side, it was not the same story as the Carabins easily handled the Rouge et Or 5-1.

Both soccer teams will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 7 as they host the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes. The women’s game starts at 6 p.m; the men’s match will follow at 8:15 p.m. at the PEPS.