November 17, 2012
Laval Rouge et Or headed back to Vanier Cup
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
Laval Rouge et Or are headed back to the Vanier Cup for the third year in succession.
The Rouge et Or did what everyone expected them to do Saturday in the Uteck Bowl. They handled an overmatched Acadia Axemen team 42-7 in the Uteck Bowl in Quebec City.
Laval will be looking for a seventh Vanier Cup win.
They lost to the McMaster Marauders in triple overtime last year and defeated the Calgary Dinos two years ago.
Acadia won the Vanier Cup in 1981 but hasn’t been back since then.
The Axemen were prohibitive underdogs going into Laval to play a team that hadn’t lost at home in 57 games and had already beaten Acadia earlier this year.
Laval did what they usually do against teams. They started slowly but by the second half had worn down Acadia.
The Rouge et Or took an 18-0 into the second half and then just ground the Axemen down.
They did it with a ground game that was merciless. Laval gained 321 yards on the ground, 213 yards of it by Maxime Boutin who carried the ball 25 times. He averaged more than 8.5 yards a carry.
Overall, Laval put up 581 yards of offence.
“The offensive line made me look real good today,” Boutin told the CIS. “On a lot of my runs, all I had to do was hit a huge hole. When our o-line plays like this, we usually have success.”
If the Axemen were going to have a chance at upsetting Laval it was going to need a strong performance on the ground. Rookie Thomas Troop put together a great Loney Bowl and the Axemen were looking for the running back to provide some relief for quarterback Kyle Graves.
Instead the best running defence in the country shut down the Acadia running game, limiting them to 90 yards. Troop, who ran for 180 the week before, had 15 yards on 13 carries.
Laval quarterback Tristan Grenon was 16-of-23 for 269 yards and three touchdowns hitting Boutin, Matthew Norzil and Julian Bailey.
The Vanier Cup will be played in Toronto Friday.