Laval hits the West's 10th Vanier Cup


Quarterback Hugo Richard said "preparation and intensity" made a difference on Saturday when the fifth year of pivot led Laval Rouge et Or for their tenth title victory, winning Western Mustangs 34 to 54 in the 54th Vanier Cup.

This preparation started already when Laval made the first four games for one minute when Richard hit the receiver at Vincent Forbes-Mombleau's 46th yard throwing the end zone.

Richard said he did not expect to have a TD at his second place but Rouge et Or was ready for a fight.

"We've been busy all year and have been waiting for this moment," he said.

Richard delighted 12,380 hometown fans at Telus Stadium in Quebec City by completing a 23-of-31 pass trying 348 yards and two touchdowns. Fifth year QB also scored 60 yards and points.

Laval took revenge after being 39 to 17 years old at Mustang last year's Vanier Cup in Hamilton. West is Laval's second and seven national soccer championships in 14 appearances. Both teams went unbeatable during the season. No 1 ranking Mustangs rode a 23-game winning streak. Laval still holds a successive record in 25 (2012-14).

Humiliated at last year's loss

Laval head coach Glen Constantin said his team had "humiliated" Mustangs last year.

"We've been waiting for 12 months for this, kids swore we'd be back," he said of his credit line to Richard and abandoned Mathieu Betts' defensive manager.

"Quarterbacks get into trouble when they try to do too much. [Richard] stayed in his system, he did well. He was sharp, he was clean. He had an excellent game. "

Richard said that his next goal was to complete, but he was fierce for his future. He was named MVP, as he was in 2016 when Laval won the last Vanier Cup.

Betts, painted by the soccer league, could be scheduled for next year.

The loss was a bit worse than for Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall. As the clock rushed down the last second, he hit the sidewalk when the infected player fell to the side.

"Maybe I deserved it," he joked. "I am proud of the team, I'm disappointed, obviously."

The Western QB Chris Merchant also got a good start to the 26th dock to Cole Majoros, but Laval Maxym Lavallee was arrested at the 31-Yard return. Laval's David Cote hit the field goal later in the race. Rouge et Or led 10-0 after the first quarter.

Marshall mentioned the match as one of the turning points in the match.

Small things are added

"It was a sport, it was to play in this game, it will change the end result of the game, I'm happy that we get to come here and compete," he said.

The trader made 26-46 passes to 358 yards and one touchscreen, but was kidnapped three times.

In the second quarter began the western painting at Cedric Joseph's 10-yard in the Laval zone. Merchant's two replenishes put the Mustangs in the finish line and Joseph walked into the final zone untouched.

Richard threw Jonathan Breton's 27-post transfer to get his position on the next run, then hit Benoit Gagnon-Brousseau's 22-yard score to rise to 17-7. West moved deep into its own zone, third and inch docking extended the drive before propel Marc Liegghio then nailed the 36-yard field goal.

Liegghio kicked the 18-pole field field, the second remaining in the first half with 17-13.

Rouge et Or brings you a bit of defense

Marshall said he knew that his team would be able to show a strong return to the dressing room, but Rouge et Or called the defense to start the third and closed the Western offense until the fourth minute was 10 minutes.

"[They] drew us in and started to drive 15 feet away after kickoff. I trust them. They did a good job, "he said.

The trader has another year's qualifier and can get another shot at another Vanier Cup. He said he was disappointed with his performance.

"I threw too many listening, I gave them the ball too many times, it's a tough loss for us. We go back to the group and we'll be back next year."


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