2021 nov. 11 - 14 : résultats des parties / game results

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jeudi/Thursday 11 novembre, 2021

(17 h 30) Cité-des-Jeunes juvenile 8 @ Collège Sainte-Anne 26
(séries éliminatoires / playoffs)
(terrain/field: Académie Sainte-Anne, Lachine, QC)

vendredi/Friday 12 novembre, 2021

(19 h) Collège de Montréal 0 vs Chêne-Bleu juvenile 41
(séries éliminatoires / playoffs)
(terrain/field: École secondaire Chêne-Bleu, Pincourt, QC)

(19 h 30) Collège Bourget juvenile 41 @ Collège de Lévis 6
(séries éliminatoires / playoffs)
(terrain/field: Collège de Lévis, Lévis, QC)

samedi/Saturday 13 novembre, 2021

(13 h) CEGEP F.-X.-Garneau 15 vs Vanier Cheetahs 27
(séries éliminatoires / playoffs)
(terrain/field: Vanier College, St-Laurent, QC)

(19 h 30) CEGEP de Sherbrooke 32 vs John Abbott Islanders 36
(séries éliminatoires / playoffs)
(terrain/field: Memorial Field, John Abbott College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC)

The memorable images from the game.

Before the game: a long lineup of people waiting to buy tickets. The line did not clear until there was only about four minutes left to play in the first quarter.

After the game: Islanders and their fans celebrate on the field while Sherbrooke fans are shell shocked.

Reportage à suivre. In the great scheme of things, on the big karma scoreboard of life, the John Abbott Islanders have just evened the score. After all, it was almost exactly two years ago, October 12, 2019 to be exact, that the Valleyfield Noir-et-Or beat the Islanders in exactly the same way that the Islanders beat the Volontaires today. To all those vocal Sherbrooke fans there is only one thing that can be said - we feel your pain, but today and tomorrow we're going to celebrate.

The game started with the Islanders going on offense first and picking up right where they left off in the win over Thetford the week before. Starting from their own 32-yd line, they used a combination of runs and passes to move the ball steadily down the field, finally scoring the first TD of the game on their 10th play, a 31-yd catch by I#14 to take the early 7-0 lead (I#16 convert kick). However, just like the week before, the visitors responded immediately with a 7-play, 65-yd drive that finished with a 22-yd TD catch by V#3 to tie the score at 7-7 (V#6 convert kick).

On the ensuing John Abbott possession, the Islanders were again able to move the ball almost at will but their drive was stopped by an interception by V#24, The Volontaires then went on offense starting from their own 24-yd line but on the fourth play of their drive they turned the ball right back over with a fumble on their own 34-yd line that was recovered by I#5. The mistake proved costly for the visitors because the Islanders made the most of the opportunity and went back in front 14-7 thanks to a 7-yd TD run by I#7 (I#16 convert kick).

The Volontaires were then forced to go three-and-out and the Abbott the offense went back on the field. They needed just eight plays this time to move 71 yards, scoring a TD on a 35-yd catch by I#10 to increase their lead to 21-7 mid way through the 2nd quarter. After increasing their lead to 23-7 thanks to single points on a kickoff and a punt, Islanders’ prospects of going back to the Bol d’Or to defend their title looked really good. The Volontaires, however, had other ideas. They went back on offense starting from their own 20-yd line with 4:09 on the clock and with the exception of just one run play used short screen passes that the Islanders defense had trouble dealing with to get into the end zone on a 9-yd catch by V#24 to make the score 23-14 for John Abbott at the half time break.

Sherbrooke went on offense first at the start of the second half but their drive was cut short by an interception by I#22. Unfortunately, Islanders offense could not take advantage of the opportunity and had to punt the ball. The Volontaires did the same thing when they got the ball after that and the Islanders offense then went back on the field starting from their own 50-yd line. Two plays later, however, they turned the ball over (fumble recovered by V#24) and this time it proved costly as the Volontaires then used six plays to get into the end zone on a 10-yd scramble by their QB to narrow the gap to 23-21 (V#6 convert kick).

The Sherbrooke defense then forced the Abbott offense to go three and out and the Volontaires went back on attack starting from the Islanders 42-yd line with one minute left to play in the 3rd quarter. Six plays later they had a first-and-goal three yards from the end zone. On the next play, the Sherbrooke QB again threw a short screen pass outside the end zone to V#2, who was tackled almost immediately by Abbott defenders. As the receiver pushed his way past the goal line the ball fell to the ground and was scooped up by I#8 and carried back to the 15-yd line. Islanders believed that they had prevented a score but the referees huddled together for a few long minutes and finally emerged with the decision that the play was in fact a touchdown. Joy among the large contingent of Sherbrooke fans, shock and surprise on the Abbott side. After a 2-pt convert run by V#8 the Volontaires had the lead for the first time in the game at 29-23.

The unexpected turn of events, though, seemed to spark the Islanders. After getting a 29-yd kickoff return from I#7, they offense started the ensuing drive from its own 39-yd line. Seven runs and four passing plays later, the home crowd went wild as I#7 scored a TD on an 11-yd carry to let his team retake the lead at 30-29 with 8:00 left to play in the game (I#16 convert kick). The Sherbrooke offense then took to the field starting from its own 22-yd line and methodically moved down field, using up the clock and taking advantage of four Islanders penalties for 45 yards. The most critical of those penalties was a major call assessed against an Islanders player on a third down play where Sherbrooke failed to pick up a first down. The Volontaires got as close as the 9-yd line before V#6 kicked an 18-yd field goal to put the visitors back in front 32-30 with only 37 seconds left on the clock.

The Islanders offense then went back onthe field but their first three plays did not advance the ball at all and they were faced with a do-or-die fourth-and-ten situation. The Abbott QB then threw a quick 19-yd pass to I#11 who immediately stepped out of bounds to stop the clock with only 17 seconds left. The next two plays were both incomplete passes, which did not help the Islanders get any closer to scoring points but at least they stopped the clock and now there was only the smallest unit of time that the clock can measure, one tenth of a second left. The ball was snapped, the Abbott QB dropped back in the pocket while he looked for receivers but the Volontaires defense applied pressure and forced him to move away. He stepped towards the line of scrimmage and unloaded a high Hail Mary pass to I#10 running down the right side hash marks surrounded by two defenders. It looked like the ball was thrown too far but the receiver fully stretched out his arms and just managed to cradle the ball with his fingertips at about the 10-yd line and without changing his stride kept running towards the end zone. Euphoria on the Abbott side as the rest of the team and the fans invaded the field while an aura of shock and disbelief fell over the Sherbrooke side. There was no need to kick a convert, the Islanders were winning 36-32 and they were going back to the Bol d’Or championship for the 4th time in a row.

There is a report and a video of the play on the CTV Montreal website.

Memorial Field, John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
CEGEP div. 2 Bol d'Or playoffs, Nov. 13, 2021 7:30 pm
Premier Quart / First Quarter
JAC Islanders - TD, I#14, 31-yd catch (I#16 convert kick) 3:38
Sherbrooke Volontaires - TD, V#3 22-yd catch (V#6 convert kick) 7:43
Deuxième Quart / Second Quarter
JAC Islanders - TD, I#7 7-yd run (I#16 convert kick) 0:46
JAC Islanders - TD, I#10 35-yd catch (I#16 convert kick) 7:00
JAC Islanders - Single (kickoff returner tackled in the end zone) 7:10
JAC Islanders - Rouge, I#16 (punt goes through the end zone) 11:51
Sherbrooke Volontaires - TD, V#24 9-yd catch (V#6 convert kick) 14:05
Troisième Quart / Third Quarter
Sherbrooke Volontaires - TD, V#16 10-yd run (V#6 convert kick) 11:44
Quatrième Quart / Fourth Quarter
Sherbrooke Volontaires - TD, V#2 3-yd catch (V#8 2-pt convert run) 1:37
JAC Islanders - TD, I#7 11-yd run (I#16 convert kick) 7:00
Sherbrooke Volontaires - FG, V#6 18-yd 14:23
JAC Islanders - TD, I#10 56-yd catch (convert not attempted) 15:00

Sherbrooke Volontaires

JAC Islanders


Attendance – approximately 700-750

Résumé des statistiques du match entre les équipes des Islanders du Collège John-Abbott et les Volontairess du CEGEP de Sherbrooke
Summary of statistics for the game between the JAC Islanders and Sherbrooke CEGEP Volontaires
(PDF 53 k)

dimanche/Sunday 14 novembre, 2021

(10 h) Cité-des-Jeunes cadet 24 vs Collège Bourget cadet 52
(séries éliminatoires / playoffs)
(terrain/field: Collège Bourget, Rigaud, QC)

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