Mustangs clobber Cougars

François Lemieux
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North Shore defeats St. Leonard 45-14

The North Shore Midget AAA Mustangs defeated the St. Leonard Cougars by a score of 45-14 Sat. night at McHugh field in Dollard des Ormeaux. The game started smoothly for the Mustangs who scored a field goal and a touchdown by Cedric Joseph in the first quarter. St. Leonard responded with a touchdown by Jose Armando Roderiguez and a conversion 12:22 into the game.

A Cougars' fumble led to a Mustangs' touchdown in the first part of the second quarter. Quarterback Daniel Lazzara dropped the ball at mid-field where it was caught by the Mustangs' Marco Rossy who ran to the end zone for the touchdown. With the conversion, the Mustangs were taking a 17-7 lead with around five minutes played in the second quarter.

St. Leonard closed the gap five minutes later. On a third-and-12 at the Mustangs' 35-yard line, Lazzara ran 15 yards to obtain the first down for the Cougars. Weslee Hector then took the ball to the 10-yard line. On the next play, Hector caught Lazzara's pass with one hand while shoving a defender away with the other and scored the touchdown. With the conversion, the Cougars were now only three points behind North Shore at 17-14.

With less than two minutes left in the quarter, the Cougars took a chance on a fourth down at their 44-yard line. They passed incomplete leaving North Shore with a short field to play with. Two plays later, Joseph ran 10 yards to obtain the first down. Then Mustangs' quarterback Skylar Bailiff threw a bomb that Thomas Arnone barely caught before landing on his back, 13 yards away from the end zone. Joseph punched through the Cougars' defence on the next play to get his second touchdown of the game. At half-time, the score was 24-14 for the Mustangs.

Second half

Early in the third quarter, the Mustangs pressed on with an aggressive passing strategy. On a second down from St. Leonard's 39-yard line, Bailiff. completed a 19-yard pass to James Wolfe who carried the ball to the three-yard line. Marco Rossy got the touchdown on the next play. North Shore was increasing its lead to 31-14 with the conversion.

After a quick Cougars' possession, North Shore's offence got back on the field at St. Leonard's 47-yard line a bit less than five minutes into the quarter. Joseph first ran five yards on the second down before finding the hole in the Cougars' defence once again on the ensuing play, running 27 yards for the touchdown. The Mustangs were leading 38-14 after the field goal that followed.

The Mustangs scored another touchdown on their next possession, Arnone catched a beautiful 20-yard pass in mid-air right in the end zone. The Mustangs completed their domination by obtaining the conversion field goal. The game ended with a score of 45-14 for North Shore.

Mustangs' head coach Jason Jourdenais commented on his team's victory after the game.

"Tonight's game went ok. It was flat in the first half. A lot of execution problems, missed assignments were hurting us but we picked it up in the second half," he said.

Cougars' head coach Andy D'Alessandro, on the other hand, blamed his team's defeat on weak ball control and mistakes.

"I think we had a good first quarter defensively but the other team capitalized on our mistakes. You can't fumble the ball in your own zone and expect to come out on top. I think if we had controlled the ball a bit better, the score might have been closer at half-time instead of being down by 10," he said.

The Mustangs now stand in second place of the Bruno Heppell division of the Quebec Midget Football League with a record of four wins and one loss. North Shore plays its next game against the Laval Bulldogs on Sat. at McHugh field. Kickoff happens at 7 p.m.

Organizations: Bruno Heppell division, Quebec Midget Football League

Geographic location: North Shore, Dollard

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