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Local football teams taste victory at provincials

  • Lakeshore ball carrier Cordell Ramsay, right, tries to break a tackle from behind by the Rebelles defence.
    Lakeshore ball carrier Cordell Ramsay, right, tries to break a tackle from behind by the Rebelles defence.
    Photo credit: M.F. Coallier, Gazette

Local bantam teams won two of three provincial football titles on the weekend.

 In the elite Coupe d’Argent AAA final, the Lakeshore Cougars fell short in the championship game, losing 28-8 to the St. Hubert Rebelles.

 Despite the loss at Stade Hebert in St. Leonard, Cougars head coach Julian Ramsay had nothing but good things to say about his team.

“These kids surprised me all season,” Ramsay said. “I’m very proud of all of them.”

Ramsay said losing the championship game  does not sour an extraordinary season.

“We’ve had a good playoffs.  We finished in second toNorthShorein the regular season and we beat a strong Sun Youth team  in the semifinals.”

“It was real team effort, to be honest. Some people may have doubted we could beat Sun Youth but we deserved to win just because of sheer heart and will power. And a bit of luck as well.”

Ramsay said his team was competitive all season, losing only three regular-season games to North Shore Lions, Sun Youth and Laval.

“Somehow we ended up in second place,” he said. “We had a great group of kids. No egos.”

“We also have a good coaching staff. It was a good year.”

Meanwhile, the North Shore bantam Cheetahs, who play in the Mironowicz third division, captured the Coupe d’Argent AA.

The Cheetahs, coached by Wilbert Scott Jr., capped a perfect season with a 49-6 win over Laval-Sud in the finals at Stade Hebert.

It marks the second consecutive perfect season for the Cheetahs, who rolled to an 11-0 regular season record this season. The powerhouse Cheetahs also outscored the opposition 561-20 during regular season play.

And finally, the St.Laurent Spartans captured the QBFL AA Cup with a 20-3 win over the Joliette Pirates on Sunday.

In CEGEP First Division action, the Vanier Cheetahs are headed for the Bol d’Or next Saturday in Quebec City after defeating the Montmorency Nomades 44-14 in the playoff semi-finals on Saturday at Concordia.

  Quaterback Hugo Richard led Vanier with four touchdowns and 129 yards rushing.     

Richard completed 21 of 32 pass attempts for 377 yards and one TD.

Receiver Étienne Moisan had five catches for 144 yards and a TD,  

  Éric Graccioppo led the Vanier defence with 7.5 tackles.

jmeagher@montrealgazette.com

 

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