The South Shore Jr. Bruizers served notice to all the teams in the league that they are serious about winning the Joe Pistilli Cup this year as they easily defeated the defending champions the Chateauguay Raiders 43-0 and remain the only unbeaten team so far.
Prior to the game, the Chateauguay Raiders paid a special tribute to the late Bruce Bennett by inviting his family for a ceremonial kickoff in the company of Chateauguay’s mayor as well as a representative of the local MNA.
After the singing of the Canadian national anthem, the game got under way and, as it turned out, Louis-Philippe Simoneau gave the visitors all the points that they would need when he booted the ball 70 yards and out the side of the Raiders end zone on the opening kickoff for a rouge and a quick 1-0 lead.
The Jr. Bruizers defense then forced the Raiders to go two-and-out and after a 21-yd punt by Remi Hort and a no-yards penalty against the Raiders, the Jr. Bruizers offense went to work from the Raiders 50-yd line. Six plays later they had a first down just 10 yards outside the end zone and on 2nd down, the Jr. Bruizers QB Stephen Casey swept to the outside and ran eight yards without being touched to score the game’s first TD and increase his team’s lead to 8-0 ( Simoneau convert kick)
The ensuing drives by each team were almost identical to the first ones as the Raiders punted again when they had the ball while the Jr. Bruizers put together a six-play, 54-yd drive that finished with a 20-yd TD catch by Jeremy Lallier that made the score 15-0 for the visitors. The first quarter finished with the Jr. Bruizers leading 17-0 after the Raiders conceded a safety.
The Raiders started the 2nd quarter by conceding another safety but their defense tightened up and they limited the r. Bruizers to a field goal and a touchdown that made the score 28-0 for the visitors at the half time break.
The Jr. Bruizers then opened the 2nd half with a 66-yd scoring drive, finishing with a 4-yd TD catch by Matthew Veiga, that made the score 35-0 and, in accordance with new rules, put the game clock into a continuously running mode. While the Raiders offense did not manage to get into the Jr. Bruizers side of the field and punted on each one of its three drives, the visitors added one more touchdown and a rouge to make the final score 43-0.
Casey stood out on offense, completing 16 of 20 passes to six different receivers for 274 yards, four TDs and no interceptions while scoring one TD himself. On defense, Kevin Cronn and Jevin Jordan Richards led the Raiders by making most of the tackles.
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – Rouge, Louis-Philippe Simoneau, kickoff through end zone 0:00|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – TD, Stephen Casey 8-yd run (Louis-Philippe Simoneau convert kick) 5:48|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – TD, Jeremy lallier 20-yd catch (Louis-Philippe Simoneau convert kick) 11:36|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – Safety, conceded by Remi Hort 14:22|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – Safety, conceded by Remi Hort 1:38|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – FG, Louis-Philippe Simoneau, 27-yd 8:46|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – TD, Gabriel Semme 20-yd catch (convert kick failed) 12:02|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – TD, Matthew Veiga 4-yd catch (Louis-Philippe Simoneau convert kick) 2:56|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – TD, Alexandre Poulin-Rioux 43-yd catch (Louis-Philippe Simoneau convert kick) 2:40|
|Rive-Sud Jr. Bruizers – Rouge, Louis-Philippe Simoneau on missed FG 14:00|
1 – Introduction of the Bruce Bennett family during pre-game ceremonies
2 – Stephen Casey gets ready to make a pass
3 – Louis-Philippe Simoneau gets into one of his booming punts
4 – Ashton Thibeault makes a spectacular catch