Stingers football upsets Laval in season opener

The Concordia Stingers kicked off their season last Sunday with a stunning victory over the Laval Rouge et Or 20-8 before 18,317 fans at PEPS stadium in Ste-Foy.
The Stingers accomplished something no other team did last season by defeating the No.2 ranked Rouge et Or on their home field.
The Stingers were led by the running of tailback of Jean-Michel Paquette who compiled 185 all-purpose yards, including two touchdowns. It was his second score with a little over a minute remaining that sealed the victory for Concordia. With the Stingers up 13-8, Paquette plunged into the Laval end-zone from one yard out, giving the Stingers the 12-point margin.
Stingers quarterback Jon Kronemeyer completed 9 of 23 passes on the day for 139 yards. He threw one interception and one touchdown. The Stingers offence generated 233 yards.
Freshman kicker Rob McCallum made two field goals from 39 and 18 yards respectively while defensive back David Aiken led the Concordia defence with seven tackles.
Laval’s only offence was from its quarterback Mathieu Bertrand. He opened the scoring at the nine minute mark of the first quarter with a six-yard run.
The win is a much needed boost to Stingers morale after missing the playoffs last year, and a big blow to Laval. This was the Rouge et Or’s second consecutive loss after 16 straight wins over the past two seasons.
The Stingers host McGill next weekend at Loyola field for the annual Shrine Bowl.

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