• Carmen Marie Fabio

Île Perrot Patriots moving onto provincials


Despite a threat from the St. Lazare Stallions pee-wee football team, the Île Perrot Patriotes held onto their lead November 8 and are moving on to the provincial level. For more photos, see our Facebook page.

For a nail-biting moment last Sunday morning, November 8, it looked like the St. Lazare Stallions pee-wee football team was poised to come from behind to take the win on the field at École Chêne-Bleu high school in Pincourt as the score inched ever closer at 34 to the Île Perrot Patriots’ 36 points but in the end, the Patriots held their ground, winning the game and moving on to the provincial level.

“We were both fighting for the silver league cup,” said St. Lazare Stallions President and pee-wee Coach Anson Williams of the coveted ‘Coupe des Alouettes’ in the Montreal Regional Football League (MRFL).

Williams said the Stallions, comprised of 12 and 13 year olds, were disappointed with their loss but rallied after the game. “We were down 21 points at the half, and came within two points (of the Patriots).” A Stallions’ fumble set off a series of plays that saw the Patriots widen the scoring gap, culminating with a final score of 49 to 34.

“We had the game under control at halftime but let it slip a bit in the second half,” said Patriots’ Head Coach Scott MacNab. “We squandered a pretty big lead but managed to hang on.”

McNab credits the team’s defense for turning the game around, particularly Dylan Currotte, number 14, who he described as outstanding on defense in the second half and, Eric Cumberbatch, number 72, for scoring two touchdowns to spearhead the offense.

“They’re kids but some of them play like adults,” he said. “Cumberbatch can run the 40-yard sprint in 4.9 seconds. And quarterback Kyle Bouchard can throw a football 40 yards.”

Both coaches commended all the players in the leagues for their efforts in the season so far.

“Our bantam team won their Coupe des Alouettes Saturday,” said Williams of the 14 and 15 year old players who, under Coach Eric Dugas, beat the Drumondville Vandoos 41 to 7.

The Patriots mosquitoes 10 and 11 year olds played Saturday, November 7, against the Sun Youth team in Parc Jeanne-Mance and also won their game, going to the finals.

The Patriots’ next game puts them up against the La Prairie Diables and will take place this Sunday, November 15, 4 p.m. at Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal. A play-by-play of the game will be called and, just like the major leagues, playbacks will be broadcast on the big screen. Tickets are $10 each, $5 for kids under 14, and are available at the box office the day of the game.