Laval dominates QIFC awards; Stingers shut out

The Laval Rouge et Or continued their domination of the Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference, taking home three of the conference’s major awards which were announced Monday at Concordia University.
The ceremony was hosted by QIFC commissioner Harry Zarins who praised all the teams for their competitive play throughout the year.
“With everyone finishing so close together, it shows the competitiveness of the league. Nobody could take a week off,” he said.
Laval’s Matthieu Brassard, in his fifth and final season, was named the QIFC’s most outstanding player and is the league nominee for the Hec Crighton trophy.
Laval’s head coach Glen Constantin praised the veteran running back.
“Matthieu is the heart and soul of our offence and team. He’s proved he is a dominant player at every level,” he said.
Brassard was overwhelmed by the honour.
“I never would have believed that I would be nominated for such an award.”
Laval’s other award winners were offensive guard Carl Gourgues who won the award for top lineman and return specialist Mathieu Proulx who won as rookie of the year.
McGill took two awards on the day.
Defensive back Strachan Hartley was nominated for the Russ Jackson trophy, awarded to the player that best combines athletics with academics and community service.
McGill head coach Chuck McMann won the other award as QIFC coach of the year. He is also the league’s nominee for the Frank Tindall trophy as CIS coach of the year.
“This was a very, very competitive field. McMann is a first year coach and he did a tremendous job with the Redmen,” Zarins said.
Bishop’s safety David Stipe, playing in his fifth season, was the QIFC’s nominee for the President’s trophy as the most outstanding defensive player.
The Concordia Stingers were shut out at the awards ceremony.

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