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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Flag football off to fast start
by Randy Pascal

It's been eight years since the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes last captured a SDSSAA flag football banner, a couple of years prior to the current stretch of six straight titles that have gone the way of the Marymount Regals.

It's a pretty safe bet that the current CND roster remembers little, if anything, of the 2004 to 2009 era when the Alouettes' powerhouse etched their names on the trophy six years in a row as well.

But a one-two tandem of quarterback Katia Legros and receiver Sophie Moreau, combined with a deep roster that sees coaches Maxine and Mikella Gauthier suiting up more than fifty players per game would suggest a challenge to championship contention might not be all that far away.

Legros and Moreau combined for a pair of long touchdown catches, covering 56 and 48 yards, with Marie-Michelle Croteau accounting for the remaining major (35 yard pass from Legros) as Notre-Dame opened the 2017 season with a 19-0 shutout of the Lively Hawks.

"I remember nothing but catching and just running and hearing people behind me, seeing the finish line (one would assume the goal line!) and going until the end," recalled a very excited Moreau after the game. "I try not to panic, follow my pattern, look for Katia and yell."

"I have to make sure I'm open and then hope for the best." Though the 17 year old grade 12 student only picked up flag football last year on the urging of her friends, she is among the league's most natural receivers, handling hand spiralling punts, as well, with relative ease.

Still, she is not completely sure where her skill-set originates, though her homefront certainly helped. "My sister and I have always thrown the ball around, since we were kids," said the elder of two girls in the family.

"I used to play slo-pitch, and I practice punts at home with my annoying little sister (Nadia)," she added with a laugh. "She plays offensive line, so she's the strong one. But I don't know where I learned to catch like that."

Christine Cousineau capped off the scoring with a successful conversion of the third touchdown, while the Alouettes' defence completely stymied the Lively attack. League action continued on Monday and Tuesday, starting with an impressive 22-0 Confederation Chargers' triumph over the Lockerby Vikings.

Returning for a year of playing PWHL hockey down south, quarterback Madison Laberge sparked the offense, scoring a pair of touchdowns, with Kaitlyn Walker accounting for the other. One more Division "A" game to lead things off Tuesday, and yet another shutout in the making.

The Marymount Regals scored with under two minutes remaining in the half, as Carli Parker scampered home from the five yard line, and Emma Chamberland returned an interception almost the exact same distance in the final minute of the game as the defending champs kicked things off with a 14-0 whitewashing of the Lasalle Lancers.

Allie Weiler converted both TDs for the Regals, who also benefitted from an interception by Jordin Rancourt in keeping QB Jena Ethier and the Lancers off the board.

Three more games on the slate Tuesday in the Divison "B" ranks, beginning with a 42-2 encounter as the St Charles College Cardinals welcomed the Espanola Spartans to the flag football scene in a most inhospitable manner.

Sabrina Folz and Haley Hinds-Straub reached the end zone twice each, with Jessica Croke adding a major, all on passes from Emma Dionne, with the latter chipping in with a touchdown of her own as well as six converts.

The only Espanola points came courtesy of a disoriented Cardinal interception, as a St Charles defender followed up a lovely pick with a sprint more than 50 yards, in the wrong direction, into her own end zone for the safety touch.

The St Benedict Bears received touchdowns from Jacklyn Krueger (26 and 79 yard runs), Erica Duckett (30 yard run), Milenna Gigliotti (5 yard pass from Mackenzie Coggins) and Milanna Marcon (29 yard pass from Julia Jodouin), blanking the Chelmsford Flyers 30-0.

The final game of the night on Tuesday would see the Horizon Aigles earn Valley bragging rights with a 7-0 triumph over the Bishop Carter Gators.

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