Football: Stingers Drop Home Opener to Rouge et Or

Trenton Miller Throws for 361 Yards in Loss to Laval Rouge et Or

Stingers lose home opener to Laval Rouge et Or. Photo Alexander Perez

The Laval Rouge et Or proved to be in better shape than the Concordia Stingers Saturday afternoon at Concordia Stadium, winning by a score of 37-18.

“It’s better that this happens on week two than later on in the season because we have time to adjust and figure things out,” said Stingers quarterback Trenton Miller. “It’s actually a blessing in disguise.”

The Maroon and Gold just couldn’t get the job done against a strong Laval team, who were up 26-7 at half-time. The Stingers offence had trouble getting points on the board, with a handful of incomplete passes, as well as being indecisive on two occasions from within the 20 yard line.

“We’re [zero for two] in the red zone, that’s 14 points we easily could’ve had,” said Stingers head coach Mickey Donovan. “When you take away the 14 points that they got, basically off of two misplays on special teams, there’s a difference there. It’s mistakes that we can’t have but can be easily fixed.”

Laval proved to be better on offence. Miller threw for an astonishing 361 yards but surprisingly enough, the receiving core were unable to convert a touchdown for their quarterback.

“There was a couple of miscues, guys not running their proper role, and also Trenton [Miller] maybe overthrowing them at times.” said Donovan. “We’re early in the season, and you know if you look at what we did, moving the ball, and Trenton hit the guys.”

Despite the loss and the mistakes made on special teams, Donovan believes this matchup was the the best the Stingers played against Laval in his three-year tenure.

The Stingers will have little time to recover from this loss as they will travel to the other side of Mount Royal to face the Université de Montreal Carabins on Friday Sept. 16.