The Concordia Stingers take the Shaughnessy Cup home for a third consecutive year after defeating the McGill Redbirds 40-23 at the Percival Molson Stadium.
The Cup is named after Frank Shaughnessy, a McGill Sports Hall of Fame inductee, who played football in the NCAA and coached at McGill and Loyola College.
The Stingers started the game strong, scoring on their first drive with a pass from quarterback Olivier Roy to receiver Ezechiel Tieide.
The Redbirds tied it shortly after, but the Stingers quickly regained the lead, the Roy-Tieide connection only getting stronger, this time for a 22-yard touchdown.
The Stingers’ first two drives of the second quarter also ended in touchdowns, Tieide earning his third score of the game, and receiver Jacob Salvail scoring the other, a 30-yard reception, giving the Stingers a 28-7 lead at the half.
Tieide scored his fourth touchdown from a 13-yard pass by Roy. A McGill safety and Stingers’ field goal by Erik Maximuik later in the third quarter solidified the Stingers’ lead 40-7.
“It’s a rival game and I think the kids presented themselves well,” head coach Brad Collinson said. “Overall, we’re very happy with the performance of the team and we definitely progressed as a team this week.”
Olivier Roy’s 328 passing yards and five touchdowns earned him the title of RSEQ offensive player of the week, while linebacker Zach Phillion was named RSEQ defensive player of the week with 5.5 tackles, one sack, and three tackles for loss.
The Stingers are now looking to finish the regular season on a positive note against the Montréal Carabins.
“We’re trying to progress and we’re going there to win,” Collinson said. “We feel that we have a good football team and we can compete with them, they’re a very good football team as well. And we want to go to the playoffs on a high note. We’re going there for a W. That’s what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to win, so that’s going to be our mindset this week.”
The Stingers will face the Carabins in their last regular-season game on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at the University of Montréal before heading to Québec City to face the Laval Rouge et Or in the RSEQ semifinal on Oct. 4 at 12 p.m.