Rouge et Or wins first place and home field advantage

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

A ceremony on the field before the start of the game honoured Laval’s football team, which first won the Vanier Cup in 1999.

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team captured the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) conference championship by defeating the Université de Montréal Carabins 16-3, in front of a record crowd of 19,381 spectators on their home field on Oct. 20. The win also means the Rouge et Or will have all their conference playoff games at home.

It was Laval’s defence that was the star of the game. They allowed the Carabins only 233 total yards on offence, including only 60 in the first half.

The offence, however, led by rookie quarterback Tommy Bolduc, had trouble reading the Carabins’ defence. It took a trick play by the Rouge et Or to take the lead in the game. After a double-reverse play, wide receiver Mathieu Robitaille threw a 44-yard pass to his partner Vincent Breton-Robert for the only touchdown of the game. Bolduc, who was playing in his first Montreal vs. Laval game, completed 17 of his 27 passes for a nice total of 202 yards.

The Rouge et Or will complete the 2019 regular season on Oct. 26, when they visit the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or. Laval will play its semifinal game on Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. against either Sherbrooke or the Concordia University Stingers.

At halftime, the Rouge et Or football team celebrated their 25th anniversary by unveiling their all-time all-star team. Hugo Richard, who plays for the Canadian Football League (CFL)’s Montreal Alouettes, was selected as quarterback.

Other former Laval players who played or are still playing in the CFL include Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Pierre Lavertu, Dominic Picard, Mathieu Betts, Arnaud Gascon-Nadeau, Miguel Robédé, Pascal Masson, Mathieu Proulx, Frédéric Plesius and current Montreal Alouettes kicker Boris Bédé.

Anthony Auclair, the only Université Laval player in the National Football League, was also selected. His team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were not playing last Sunday, allowing Auclair to be in Quebec City.

Laval Rugby and Soccer news

The Rouge et Or women’s rugby team had no trouble eliminating the Concordia Stingers 50-5 in the RSEQ conference semifinal on Oct. 19.

The Laval women play the University of Ottawa Gee Gees in the conference championship on Oct. 25 at Stade TELUS. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, both the women’s and men’s soccer teams will play the Université de Montréal Carabins, in RSEQ semifinal games. Both games will be played at the CEPSUM stadium, on the campus of the Université de Montréal.