July 26, 2018
2018 Football Canada Cup Final Day RECAP
Football Canada – FCC2018 RECAP: Saskatchewan wins gold after dramatic finish against host Alberta – Calgary, AB (July 25, 2018) – After the disappointment last year of losing the gold medal with close to 18 seconds left in the game, Saskatchewan made sure that this time, the same fate would not happen in Calgary, Alberta at the 2018 Football Canada Cup.
In an exciting and dramatic game, Saskatchewan got past host Alberta 31-26 to win gold at Shouldice Athletic Park.
Alberta got on the scoreboard first just 53 seconds into the game when Matthew Peterson sprinted into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown score.
However, Saskatchewan responded when quarterback Keegan Kaytor connected with Mason Novik for a 35-yard touchdown pass to tie things up in the first quarter.
Alberta would pull ahead when Jonathan Giustini added a field goal. Saskatchewan followed suit when Emmett Steadman added a 25 yard field goal in the second quarter.
Before the end of the 1st half, Giustini would boot another successful field goal. This one was an 11-yard attempt.
At halftime, Alberta held a 13-10 advantage over Saskatchewan.
Only 39 seconds into the second half, Kaytor found Kieran Poissant for a 71-yard major to give Saskatchewan the lead.
Alberta took over the lead when Adley Mayala returned the punt for a 90 yard touchdown. Soon after, Lucas Robertson tallied a major to increase Alberta’s advantage.
Kaytor connects with Poissant once again for a 75 yard touchdown score to pull Saskatchewan within one point.
Saskatchewan would take over the lead when Isaac Birdsell-Tyndale adds a five-yard rushing major. That score sealed the victory and gave Saskatchewan the gold medal.
Offensive Players of the Game were Poissant (Saskatchewan) and Robertson (Alberta). Defensive Players of the Game were Ramsey Derbas (Saskatchewan) and Daniel Flanagan (Alberta).
Tournament MVPs were Saskatchewan’s Kaytor (Offence) and Derbas (Defence) as well as Alberta’s Mayala (Special Teams).
“It was a hard fought game,” commented Saskatchewan Head Coach Jeff Stusek after the win. “One of the keys that we paid attention to all week was when bad things happen, adversity happens, we needed to find a way to respond and we found a way to respond. “
“It feels good. Last year, we were on our way to victory and it just got taken away from us. When you win something like this, you remember it forever. I know I will and I know our players will.”
Despite the disappointment of losing the gold medal game in front of the hometown crowd, Alberta gave props to Saskatchewan.
“Hats off to Saskatchewan,” Alberta Head Coach Chris Morris expressed. “They’re a very good team.”
“Our kids played very well but they made more plays than we did and they were a very tough team.”
FCC2018: Quebec overpowers Ontario to win bronze medal
Calgary,AB (July 25, 2018) – After their reign as national champions ended, Quebec rebounded in a big ways and crushed Ontario 33-6 in the bronze medal game at the 2018 Football Canada Cup in Calgary, Alberta’s Shouldice Park.
Ontario wound up fourth in the tournament.
Tiemoko Sanogo opened the scoring with a touchdown reception for Quebec at 7:43 of the first quarter.
With a minute remaining in the quarter, Ontario responded back when Liam Cousineau dashed into the end zone for a rushing major.
Xavier Lacoste would add two field goals to increase Quebec’s points total over Ontario.
At halftime, Quebec led Ontario 15-8.
Damien Alford tallied a passing major for Quebec in the third quarter. Later that frame, Gabriel Loiselle would give Quebec the insurance they needed to win the bronze with a touchdown reception.
Offensive Players of the Game were Anthony Renaud (Quebec) and Ryan Licandro (Ontario). Defensive Players of the Game were Yshad-Shane Benjamin (Quebec) and Scott Nichols (Ontario).
“I’m extremely proud of the kids on offence, defence and special teams,” commented Quebec Head Coach Marco Iadeluca. “I think we ran away from our running game a little bit.”
“The defence was outstanding.”
For their part, Ontario couldn’t overcome discipline issues and a strong Quebec squad.
“In the first half, we played tremendously,” said Ontario Head Coach Glen Mills. “On offence, we spoiled a couple of opportunities.”
“They broke open a couple of plays and they have some dynamic guys over there. We sputtered and we had a little frustration as we had penalties we shouldn’t have taken.”
FCC2018: British Columbia finishes fifth after cruising to victory over Manitoba
Calgary, AB (July 25, 2018) – After being knocked out of the medal round, British Columbia rebounded and coasted to a 23-10 victory over Mantioba at the 2018 Football Canada Cup in Calgary, Alberta’s Shouldice Park.
With the win, British Columbia winds up fifth. Meanwhile, Manitoba ends the tournament in sixth place.
Manitoba opened the scoring with a single and also got additional points when British Columbia conceded a safety.
Only 17 seconds into the second quarter, Keelan White tallied a major to give British Columbia the lead.
Over 2 minutes and 38 seconds later, Isaac Dokken scored a touchdown for Manitoba.
With 2:08 left before the half, Ethan Bernardin pushed into the end zone for a major for British Columbia.
At halftime, British Columbia lead Manitoba 14-10.
Nolan Ulm sealed the victory over Manitoba with a big sprint down the field for a touchdown.
Offensive Players of the Game were Ulm (British Columbia) and Breydon Stubbs (Manitoba). Defensive Players of the Game were Jeremy Sinclair (British Columbia) and Isaiah Letander (Manitoba).
“When you have those early games they kind of kill you,” commented British Columbia Head Coach Cory Philpot after the game.” I’ve been there before.”
“It was important for us to wake up and get the rhythm going. Once we could get that rolling, we were successful.”
For Manitoba, their loss came as a result of timely opportunities that British Columbia capitalized on during the game.
“We had two special teams turnovers that they turned in 14 points on us,” assessed Manitoba Head Coach Ryan Karhut. “We lost by thirteen so I think that pretty much clears it up.”
FCC2018: New Brunswick defeats Nova Scotia in Maritime battle
Calgary, AB (Jul,y 25, 2018) – New Brusnwick gave Head Coach Chris Hopkins a parting present on Sunday at the 2018 Football Canada Cup by defeating Nova Scotia 14-9 at Shouldice Park in Calgary, Alberta.
With the win, New Brunswick finishes seventh in the tournament while Nova Scotia ends up eighth.
Quarterback Jordan Rawlines scored a touchdown to open the scoring for New Brunswick. He would tally his second major of the game in the second quarter.
At halftime, New Brunswick led Nova Scotia 14-0.
Riley Felix got Nova Scotia on the scoreboard with a touchdown reception in the third quarter. However, the comeback attempt wasn’t enough for Nova Scotia.
Offensive Players of the Game were Oliver Longpre (New Brunswick) and Allan Young (Nova Scotia). Defensive Players of the Game were Lucas Cormier (New Brunswick) and Jacob Yazbek (Nova Scotia).
“It’s pretty tough to put into words; it’s been a long time coming,” commented an emotional New Brunswick Head Coach Chris Hopkins of his last game as part of the program. “I have been with the program eight years and we brought the program back in 2011.”
“2014 was the drop dead date and I think we led up 300 points in the tournament. We were pretty much a pushover. For us to come this far playing a game like this, we knew we had to do things differently but to get a win like this at the end, it’s special and it’s something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
As for Nova Scotia, the deficit in the first half was too much of a hole to climb out of against a motivated New Brunswick squad.
“A big thing was just our intensity coming out of the gates right off the bat,” said Nova Scotia Head Coach Bryce Fisher. “You can’t win a football game when you are only playing two quarters.”
“I’m proud of our guys and the way they prepped from January on. They battled in the second half; we tried to make it a close game in the second half and I can’t say enough about those guys – NB how the way they prep and hype those guys. Chris Hopkins – the way he kind of led out. I wish him luck going on and going forward. With our guys, I hope they take this in and come out strong and ready to play for the championship next year.”
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