Laval captures Vanier Cup title with victory over Saskatchewan

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Cigar in a single hand and a bottle of Prosecco within the different, Laval receiver Kevin Mital strutted into the interview room at Western Alumni Stadium and rhymed off the post-season objectives his staff completed this 12 months.

The Dunsmore Cup, Mitchell Bowl and now the Vanier Cup, he listed in French, slapping the desk for additional emphasis as he went.

“It’s a sweep,” he stated, earlier than leaning again in his chair and having fun with a deep haul from the stogie.

Mital led all gamers with 142 receiving yards and even threw a landing cross to guide Laval to a 30-24 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday afternoon.

Kalenga Muganda and David Dallaire scored touchdowns and Vincent Blanchard tied a Vanier Cup report with 5 subject objectives to assist the Rouge et Or win the Canadian college soccer championship for a report eleventh time.

Arnaud Desjardins accomplished 27-of-36 passes for 396 yards and helped Laval elevate its recreation within the second half. Both offences have been in type — Laval had 506 complete yards to 469 for Saskatchewan — however the Rouge et Or delivered within the massive moments.

“We trailed, we weathered the storm and we confirmed resiliency,” stated Laval coach Glen Constantin. “We believed in ourselves and the youngsters carried out effectively.”

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Laval high Saskatchewan to seize Vanier Cup

The Rouge et Or defeated the Huskies 30-24 to win their 1st Vanier Cup since 2018 and eleventh general.

Mital repeatedly flummoxed the Huskies’ defence and shone in a drive that carried over to the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Hec Crighton Trophy winner took a shovel cross for a 27-yard achieve and later drew a cross interference name ultimately zone. Mital then took a direct snap on the one-yard line, faked a run and tossed the ball over the pack to a wide-open Dallaire.

The transformed TD gave Laval a 10-point cushion. Daniel Wiebe caught a three-yard TD cross for the Huskies moments later however Blanchard offered insurance coverage with a 25-yard subject purpose.

Saskatchewan head coach Scott Flory stated his squad competed at a excessive degree. “Unfortunately we got here up six factors quick,” he added.

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Mason Nyhus accomplished 34-of-43 passes for 344 yards for the Huskies.

His one interception — the sport’s lone turnover — got here within the fourth quarter. Caleb Morin could not squeeze a excessive throw from the Laval six-yard line and Felix Petit got here down with it.

Everett Iverson and Rhett Vavra scored touchdowns for Saskatchewan and David Solie had a subject purpose. The Huskies, who fell to Western in final 12 months’s title recreation, have been on the lookout for their first Vanier Cup win since 1998.

“I believe we performed a tough recreation they usually did too,” Vavra stated. “They simply made yet another play than us.”

Laval receiver Kevin Mital named recreation MVP

Vavra, Nyhus and Flory sat stone-faced within the interview room afterward, the music and celebration audible from the Rouge et Or locker room one flooring under.

Mital, in the meantime, entered the room on his personal a couple of half-hour later, sporting a classy black jacket over his shirtless body. A championship ball cap accomplished the look.

“Hey, have a look at me. I really feel good,” he stated with fun. “I simply wish to return residence and rejoice with everybody from Quebec. I really feel good for my metropolis now. It’s a great day to be a Rouge et Or fan.”

Kevin Mital of the Laval Rouge et Or runs with the ball in the course of the second half of the Vanier Cup in London, Ont. (Geoff Robins/The Canadian Press)

Laval improved its all-time report within the championship recreation to 11-2. It was the Rouge et Or’s first title since 2018.

Mital was named recreation MVP.

“He brings one of the best out of our gamers but in addition our coaches to carry out,” stated Constantin. “He’s a particular man. He’s a generational expertise for us and he is most likely one of the best receiver we have ever had.”

The Huskies obtained the ball again deep in their very own finish within the closing minute however the Rouge et Or took over on downs and ran out the clock.

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With sturdy winds enjoying an element at instances on a sunny autumn afternoon, each quarterbacks leaned on the operating recreation within the early going and saved the passing primarily to quick routes.

Solie put Saskatchewan on the board halfway by way of the primary quarter with a 20-yard subject purpose. Blanchard later answered with a 15-yard chip shot.

Nyhus guided the Huskies on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that led to the sport’s first landing early within the second quarter.

Flory determined to go for it on third-and-goal from the three-yard line and Nyhus discovered Iverson ultimately zone. Solie hit the convert to make it 10-3.

Both groups earned highway victories week earlier

Mital caught a 30-yard cross as Laval answered with a six-play, 76-yard drive capped by a three-yard TD run by Muganda on a direct snap.

Blanchard made the convert and added a rouge on the following kickoff that gave Laval an 11-10 lead.

A 53-yard run up the center by Saskatchewan’s Ted Kubongo put a cost into the pro-Huskies part of the north-end stands. Nyhus threw a three-yard TD cross to Vavra and Solie made the conversion.

Blanchard booted a 28-yard subject purpose with 6:15 left within the second quarter to trim Saskatchewan’s lead. He added a season-best 49-yard subject purpose on the finish of the half to tie the sport.

There have been pockets of vocal Laval followers within the venue’s south stands. Announced attendance was a sellout at 8,420 though a number of sections had rows of empty seats.

Saskatchewan’s defence delivered within the third quarter when the Rouge et Or threatened on the six-yard line. A cross knock-down by Charlie Ringland was adopted by a touchdown-saving deal with from Seth Hundeby.

Constantin performed it protected on third-and-goal from the three. Blanchard booted a 10-yard subject purpose at 3:25 that gave the Rouge et Or a 20-17 lead.

Both groups earned highway victories per week earlier to qualify for the 57th version of the Vanier Cup. Laval beat the 2021 champion Western Mustangs and Saskatchewan topped the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.

Laval received each earlier conferences towards Saskatchewan within the title recreation, topping the Huskies in 2004 at Hamilton and once more in 2006 at Saskatoon.

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