Quarterback Adam Vance completed 18 of 28 passes for 298 yard and two touchdowns to lead the Concordia Stingers to a 36-10 victory over the McGill Redmen in the 50th annual Shaughnessy Cup game on Saturday afternoon.
Vance, who comes to Concordia after two years at Golden West College in his home state of California, also carried the ball six times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
This season, the six-foot-two, 205-pound pivot was expected to back up veteran starter Trenton Miller. But Miller has been sidelined since Sept. 24, and Vance has inherited the leadership role on offence.
“Obviously I feel good,” Vance said. “It was my first win as the starting quarterback. But it was a great team win. We planned well for the game. All week the coaches made it clear how important the game was. It was win or go home.”
The lopsided victory over the crosstown rivals clinches a playoff spot for the Stingers.
Vance’s offence rolled up 20 first downs and 419 yards overall. Touchdowns also came from receivers James Tyrrell and Yan Lessard as well as running back Jean-Guy Rimpel.
Kicker Andrew Stevens connected on two field goals from 36 and 40 yards out.
Concordia’s defence had an outstanding game, holding McGill to 11 first downs and 226 yards of total offence. The Stingers defence only gave up a field goal. McGill’s lone touchdown came on special teams.
“We came out hungry,” said Khadeem Pierre who hauled in his third interception of the season. “We wanted this win. The coaches really got after us and we had a great week of practice.”