No question of taking the Stingers high
“Beating a team is one thing, beating a team a second time is totally another matter. « . This is how Maxym Lavallée described the mentality of the Quebec players for the next game.
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The game may be without stakes, defensive back Maxym Lavallée does not intend to change anything in his approach at the dawn of the playoffs. No question of looking down on the Concordia Stingers, even if the first game between the two teams ended in a one-sided victory of 60 to 14, at TELUS-UL stadium.
The veteran assures that the Rouge et Or do not show up at Concordia “thinking that it will be easy”.
“The reality is that it’s really not the same team we played the first time. […] It will be a totally different game. We don’t have an overconfidence to think that we’re going to go there and bust them. »
Big trio of pass receivers
To support his statements, Maxym Lavallée underlines the return to play of the prolific receiver Jacob Salvail in the alignment of the Stingers. This addition allows the Stingers to count on three talented wide receivers in Jaylan Greaves and Jeremy Murphy. Salvail even received the title of offensive player par excellence this week in the RSEQ.
Paired with the arm of quarterback Olivier Roy, Lavallée knows that the trio can do damage at any time.
“It is certain that their DNA [des Stingers]it’s more towards the pass and they have excellent receivers with [Greaves, Murphy et Jacob Salvail]. He has just come back and I have great respect for that player. I play with since CEGEP at CNDF. »
“They are very good receivers who are very thorough in the way they do things. In the coverage, we will have to be very, very strong at the end of the week, ”says Lavallée, adding in passing that we “will also have to be wary” of running back Dwanté Morgan.
“Very happy” with his season
From an individual point of view, Maxym Lavallée says he is “very happy” with his season. In seven games, he totaled 26.5 tackles, including 22 made solo.
When he looks back to assess his work over the past few months, there are a lot of positives even if he thinks back to « a few big games just missed ».
“I use that to motivate me. I am confident with my teammates and myself. »
His decision to postpone his draft year by one season is beneficial, he says.
“For me, it was important to continue to progress, I absolutely wanted to be with this team. I’m really at peace with my decision. »
Time to “change tape”
It’s been almost 20 years since the Rouge et Or last lost at Concordia. In the Stingers camp, it is now time to change the tape, believes quarterback Olivier Roy.
The tape to which Olivier Roy refers are the video sessions following a match, where we review the good and bad shots of the previous match. For the third-year pivot, it’s obvious now that it’s time for a change
« For those who have been there for a few years, it’s not a hiding place, we have a lot of trouble playing against the Rouge et Or. We’ll have to find a way to learn from our defeat that we had at the start season and build on it », sums up the recipient of the title of player par excellence in the RSEQ last year.
“In the locker room, there are guys who are tired of always seeing the same tape. »
No need to look far to find a source of motivation. The 37-30 overtime victory over the McGill Redbirds last week is already a good catalyst.
“I hope we can build on that. Especially for our young players who haven’t necessarily had a lot of wins at the college level. [Il faut] build our confidence as the playoffs approach. »
And Roy hasn’t forgotten the 60-14 beating at TELUS-UL Stadium earlier this fall either. Another source of inspiration.
“Hope that whips it up guys. I think we’re all competitive players and nobody likes to lose. We have shown character on several occasions in recent years. I hope the guys remember the feeling that we had when we left the field [samedi dernier]. »
One more « poison »
Olivier Roy will also have one more weapon at his fingertips on Saturday afternoon, at the Concordia University stadium. Prolific wide receiver Jacob Salvail is back and he wasted no time in letting it be known.
The veteran had quite a game at McGill last Saturday in addition to scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
“We have receivers who are vertical threats in Jaylan and Jeremy, but Jacob brings another aspect. An intelligent receiver who knows where to position himself, who knows where to find the zones. When all of our offensive poisons are there, it puts us in a better position to be successful offensively. »