Montreal, August 24th 2019
The Concordia Stingers began their season tonight with a defeat at home against the Montreal Carabins in CIS action.
With threatening skies showing signs of a potential downpour, the Stingers came unstuck against a solid Carabins team. In what would be a low scoring affair, with many errors on both sides. Perhaps from early season jitters. Both quarterbacks saw their centers hike balls past them. Luckily, both were able to recover pigskins before a loss of possession.
The Carabins scored first. Reaching the endzone for a converted touch down from Dimitri Morand at just 6:30 and a seven point first quarter lead. Concordia would put up three points on a kick from Andrew Stevens. The Stingers briefly thought they had taken the lead on a pass interception, but a flag on the play kept the Carabins on top. The first half ended with a seven to three lead for the Carabins.
The second half saw much of the same pace. The only scoring play came on a team safety as the Montreal Carabins successfully spoiled Concordia’s home opener. The final score being a ten to three victory for the Carabins, who were dominate in the opening half. Concordia were the better team in the second, and had several strong pushes late in the game. It is worth noting, though, that the Stingers were completly massacred by the Carabins last year, and despite the loss, the young squad have much to be happy about.
“We wanted to play 60 minutes of hard-nosed football and we did,” said head coach Brad Collinson. “A loss is a loss, but I told the players to hold their heads high and to be proud of what they accomplished.”
Both teams can reflect on this as a less than stellar beginning to their respective seasons. However, it is early days and both sides showed the potential for a stronger finish.
Concordia takes on the Laval Rouge Et Or next at home in the Shrine bowl on September 2nd, while Montreal will also next face the Laval Rouge Et Or on September 6th.