Driven by Kevin Mittal’s distinction, Laval’s Rouge et Or defeated the University of Montreal’s Carabins 25-24 to be crowned champions in Quebec in the RSEQ thus dislodging the Carabins, who have been defending champions since 2019. This is how Laval University qualified for the Canadian semi-final against Western Mustangs, the best team in Ontario.
In the final game of the match, Vincent Blanchard missed a field goal, but confusion among the Carabins allowed Rouge et Or to score one goal for the win.
Mittal finished the game with nine receptions, 116 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Arnaud Desjardins completed 21 passes for 253 yards.
It was the ninth consecutive edition of the Dunsmore Cup that the Carabines contested with Rog-A-Hur as well as the thirteenth time in history.
Rouge et Or actually led 3-1 in the first quarter, giving the first big hit of the match. Arnaud Desjardins joined Mital, his favorite target, to add a major to the table and allow Laval University to increase their lead to 10-1.
After closing the gap with a field goal, the Montreal offense finally gave a sign of life in the second quarter. Jonathan Sinkal joined receiver Hassan Dosso, who was back in action in the match, to allow the Carabines to take one point in the lead. He added Montreal to his lead later in the match with a field goal.
But, Laval returned to the responsibility in the third quarter, again through Mittal. The University of Quebec Football Player of the Year in 2022 scored a 50-yard long goal to allow Rouge et Or to dominate the game with a score of 17-14.
Next, the Carabins pulled a baby rabbit out of their hat in the last play of the third quarter. Defensive lineman Philippe Lemieux Cardinal saved Rogers et Or Pont and his colleague Julien Le Gennick, and took advantage of the opportunity to recover the ball and return it to the end zone for a defensive contact that gave the lead. Four points in Montreal.
It was clear that this shortfall to be filled was Mittal’s job. The receiver got an 11-yard touchdown pass from Desjardins with 3:06 left in the game to put Rouge et Or in the driver’s seat with a three-point lead.
Then in the last minute of play, kicker Philip Boyer hands over the goods. After missing two field goals in the game, he rushed to score a 39-yard field goal to tie the match.
In the last game of the match, Karl Chabot recovered the ball on Blanchard’s failed goal, but remained prisoner in his area and was blocked by Nathaniel Dumoulin Dugway, allowing Rouge et Or to lift the 16th Densmore Cup of his story through a simple.
Coach Glenn Constantin won the Quebec title for the 15th time in his career.
For their part, Mustangs, Rouge et Or’s next opponents, won a duel 44-16 against Queens. Western was undefeated this season and the team won the Vanier Cup in 2021.
At the Montreal camp, quarterback Jonathan Sincal completed 27 passes for 374 yards, as well as a dash for 59 yards.
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