The Vert & Or pulled off an unexpected comeback on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Concordia Stingers 24 to 23 at Sherbrooke University Stadium.
Trailing 19-0 at half-time, the hosts appeared to be inspired by their head coach, Mathieu Lecompte’s speech, as they showed a whole different face afterwards.
Vert & Or quarterback Zachary Cloutier was also forced to leave the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. It was therefore Charles Picard who completed the meeting and allowed his team to return to the game. He threw a touchdown pass and scored a middle finger with his legs in the third quarter.
Then, at the very end of the duel, kicker Louis Tardif kicked from 26 yards to seal the game. It was his second successful attempt in the fourth quarter. The Greens also scored a safety touchdown to close the gap.
In the first half of the game, the visitors’ quarterback, Olivier Roy, and wide receiver Jaylan Greaves had fun and combined their efforts to register two touchdowns. The Stingers center ended his matchup with 13 passes on 22 attempts for 227 yards. He was also the victim of an interception.
The crowd favorites offense had a nasty first half. In total, she amassed only 243 yards in this duel. The Vert & Or had only scored three points in its first match in 2022. Remember that the team from Estrie had not been able to obtain a major against the Rouge et Or of the University Laval last week.
Indiscipline was also a key factor in Sherbrooke University’s early game failures. Their players received 17 penalties for 155 yards, including 103 yards in the first half alone. Violations also canceled a touchdown on a punt return and an interception.
Next week, the Vert & Or will host the McGill Redbirds, while the Stingers will enjoy their first week off of the campaign.