Although the Concordia Stingers have only won one game since the start of the season, Glen Constantin has a high regard for their next opponent.
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Back in action after a week off, the Université Laval Rouge et Or (2-1) will host the Stingers (1-2) on Sunday, who broke the ice with a 42-16 win over the McGill Redbirds last Saturday.
“Concordia has the best offense [83 points] RSEQ and betting on the perfect player [Olivier Roy] The quarterback position, Laval head coach emphasized. They had the best group of receivers and hope for a good starting offense. We have to be disciplined in our assignments because they can run and pass. They have good linebackers and defensive backs and an aggressive defense with an improved front. »
Even if Constantine would have preferred to return from the metropolis with a win, he believes that the 21-18 defeat against the University of Montreal Carabinieri had a positive effect. “We gained confidence,” he said. We were not happy about the defeat, but we came out of this game stronger. We have to keep improving but I feel we are in a good position for the second half of the season. »
This first win for the Stingers was well received. “A win against McGill is a relief,” head coach Brad Collinson said. We couldn’t start the season as we wanted, but parity has never been better. Good for our sport. »
“However, I knew that at some point we would open the block of our attack to chase Constantine’s former assistant in the Rouge et Or team. RSEQ has good coaches and they made adjustments to curb our attack, but I was not worried at all. »
Six rushing touchdowns
Known for their aerial offense, the Stingers scored all six rushing touchdowns in the win over the Redbirds. Quarterbacks Olivier Roy and Adrien Guay each scored twice. Running back Dwante Morgan had 111 yards on nine carries.
To give you an idea, the Stingers scored six rushing touchdowns during the entire 2021 season. “I’ve never seen that,” Collinson said. We got what they gave us. We used to play to our strengths. Dwante is very talented and has good hands, but we’ll continue to take the approach of going with a committee of carries in the first half and betting on whoever does the best in the second half. Dvante is number one at the start of the week, we’ll see the rest. »
The Stingers rely on an RPO-style offense (switch option). “75% to 80% of ground plays can turn into passes depending on the decision of the quarterback,” Constantin said. McGill picked off the pass and was more responsive on the run. Concordia ran well, but it’s easier when you only have five guys in the back box. The main thing is to hide our game well. You have to show a front where they think they can run and you can make substitutions to stop the run or vice versa. »
“It’s not new, but the Stingers do it well,” Constantin continued. They have two very good receivers to watch out for in Jaylan Greaves and Jeremy Murphy. It will be a good call for our defense. »
For his part, Collinson wants his flock to limit mistakes.
“To be successful, you need to play 60 minutes and not make mistakes. Laval is taking a week off and will be ready for us. »
David Dallaire is making his mark in many ways
The centre-back is a key part of the Rouge et Or attack
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A versatile defender, David Dallaire is a key element of the Rouge et Or attack.
David Dallaire has been a jack of all trades for the Université Laval Rouge et Or since the start of the season.
Used in his primary position as a center back, Dallaire also ranks as a wide receiver, thrives as a wildcat midfielder in short-win situations, and excels as a blocker as well as a goalie. He could also afford long discounts, but Rouge et Or already has a good specialist in Ian Leroux.
“I wear a lot of hats and I couldn’t ask for a better one,” concluded one who played collegiate linebacker with the Beauce-Appalaches Condors. I am happy to be rewarded for my efforts. The coaches trust me and I take advantage of that. »
One of seven siblings (5 boys and 2 girls), Dallaire developed many skills from a young age. He was also a good role model as his brother Christian played as a midfielder, receiver and goalkeeper during his five seasons with the Rouge et Or from 2015 to 2019.
“In elementary and high school, I was always involved in all kinds of sports,” he emphasized to explain his great versatility. My brothers and sisters and I were always very active. We didn’t always need a ball to improvise a football match. »
When he arrived at Rouge et Or in 2019, his brother Christian told us that David would be the best in the family because of his size. He was right.
“A kinesiology student, Christian has been my physical trainer for a long time, and the credit goes to him,” said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound center back, who had eight receptions and a touchdown for 81 yards. I played quarterback a little bit in high school and I love being on the Wildcats. Christian gives me things. »
Justin Éthier has always liked to rely on versatile players, and he has no qualms about using Dallaire. “David is an important part of our attack,” emphasized the offensive coordinator of the Rouge et Or team. Even if he touches the ball less in certain areas, he still plays an important role. »
A similar role
Over the years, Félix Garand-Gauthier and Michel-Pierre Pontbriand played a similar role.
“David has nothing to envy,” Ethier said. He has surprising speed and good receiving skills. With the same staff [quatre receveurs et deux porteurs]we can use different formations [5 receveurs], which is another advantage of its versatility. There’s not much he can’t do. »
The Dallarin outbreak occurred in the middle of the season last year.
“After the first half, we often gambled on a five-receiver team, we brought in a linebacker and David took off. When he started, we knew he had a physical side, but we wondered if he was fast enough. It’s faster than we think. »
Useful meeting between players
The bye week after the Sherbrooke loss was the perfect time for Concordia Stingers players to talk white-eyed.
Coming off a 19-0 halftime loss to the Vert & Or 24-23 in Week 2, the Stingers were in high spirits, but the captains called a team meeting without the coaches present.
“We analyzed our start to the season and discussed the things we did less well,” said midfielder and captain Olivier Roy. I won’t go into details because it was a players-only meeting, but everyone had a chance to speak. »
Brad Collinson appreciated the initiative of his leaders. “The players took control and that’s why we were successful against McGill,” the Stingers coach said. We didn’t change much, but the meeting had beneficial effects. »
Collinson believes that such an initiative would not have been possible a few years ago. “When we arrived [Collinson a été embauché de façon permanente en 2019], it all came from the coaches. Leaders are now taking matters into their own hands. The boys looked in the mirror and told each other the real issue. This is another step in the process. »
The Stingers picked up their first win of the season last Saturday, 42-16 over the McGill Redbirds. “The off week came at a good time,” Roy said. Even though we wanted to play as soon as possible after the defeat, this break allowed us to regroup. »
The biggest role
While his performances last year spoke loud and clear, Roy knows he needs to take on a bigger leadership role. “As a midfielder responsible for the attack and the captain, I have to be more vocal on and off the field, explained the RSEQ MVP in 2021. I was not the most vocal player last year and I am working to improve that aspect. I am the most vocal ever I won’t be a player, but I’ve made progress and I’m continuing to work on that aspect.”
The Stingers defeated Montreal last year and posted a record of four wins and four losses, good for 3rd place in the standings. Many predicted a big season for them.