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Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
Flag football showdowns on the horizon
2017-10-06
by Randy Pascal

The Marymount Regals and Confederation Chargers appear to be locked on a sure-fire collision course, with the six year championship run of the Marymount crew likely to be on the line when the dust settles on this head to head matchup.

Not that one could not see this coming. The same two teams went to double overtime in the SDSSAA final last November, the Regals prevailing with a 6-0 win.

The lead contenders both improved to 4-0 over the course of the past week, with a potential championship preview on the schedule come October 20th, as Confederation and Marymount close out regular season play with a possible gold medal appetizer.

The defending champs recorded a pair of victories this past week, downing both the Lockerby Vikings (10-1) and the Notre-Dame Alouettes (13-0). The rouge that was registered by Lockerby is the only point the Regals have allowed this fall.

The encounter with CND was closer than the final score might indicate, as a first quarter touchdown by Cassidy Burton converted by Allie Weiler stood as the only scoring until Carli Parker darted in from the five on the final play of the game.

That last minute major was set-up by a key interception return from safety Maddison Fortier-McMahon. In fact, the Marymount defense featured a number of big plays, including a stop on a fourth and one, midway through the final quarter, as lineman Tyanna Soucy broke through the line on what is normally considered almost an automatic first down.

Now in her third year with the team, Soucy is clearly one of the main cogs in the defensive wheel that co-coach Jason Weiler has assembled. "I did play offense and defence in grade nine, but I found my home on the defensive line," exclaimed Soucy.

"It's just the adrenaline rush for me - getting the flags, getting back there, being aggressive. You have to be aggressive on the line. There is no fooling around for me when I come out on the field. I enjoy playing, I enjoy being aggressive, that's just who I am."

The grade 11 student has taken on the extra responsibility of serving as defensive captain, something of a change of pace from her experience in prior years. "Being a veteran and a captain on the line is the most phenomenal thing ever," said Soucy.

"It's weird, because I actually have to be in charge. I'm so used to being told what to do, now I have to tell them what to do. Being a captain is pretty cool. I'm not used to it yet, but I'm catching on."

The Chargers kept pace, this week, kicking things off with a 21-0 win over the Lively Hawks, as Madison Laberge, Caitlyn Ross and Sophia Masterson-Pinedo all reached the end zone, with Laberge adding three converts.

Confederation then blanked the Lo-Ellen Park Knights 35-0 on Tuesday, with Laberge showing the way again, finishing with a stat-line that included two touchdowns, three converts and a two-point conversion.

Rounding out the scoring for the winners were Morgan Greenslade, Kaitlyn Walker and Masterson-Pinedo, all with TDs. The Knights managed to salvage a win from the week, blanking the Lasalle Lancers 3-0 courtesy of three singles.

The Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes picked up their second win of the year, stopping Lasalle 12-8 as Sophie Moreau was on the receiving end of a pair of touchdown strikes from quarterback Katia Legros.

Jayda Cacciotti replied with the only major for the Lancers, while Caresse Bouffard Couture added a point after and a single. The Division "B" battle for supremacy is also shaping up as a two team showdown, with both the Horizon Aigles and St Benedict Bears sitting at 3-0-1.

Their tie came courtesy of a scoreless draw when the teams met up on September 26th. The St Charles Cardinals and Bishop Carter Gators are both at 2-1, while the Chelmsford Flyers and the Espanola Spartans, in the league for the first time this year, both remain in search of their first win.

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