FOOTBALL CHEETAHS, FALL 2001
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE LAST 3 GAMES BY BRENT SABINO


November 5, 2001: CHEETAHS MAUL COUGARS

CAN FINISH SECOND WITH WIN ON SUNDAY

THE VANIER COLLEGE AAA FOOTBALL CHEETAHS hammered the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars by a 43-7 score last Saturday in Lennoxville. The win raised the Cheetahs revised record to 5-4 and in a tie for second place. Despite forfeiting four games earlier in the season, the Cheetahs can still finish in second place with a road win over F.X. Garneau on Sunday.

The Cheetahs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Jabari Arthur to Kevin Challenger of 32 and 12 yards. Kwame Kiyermmeh converted both majors, his first of 6 converts on the day. The Cougars closed the gap to 14-7 in the first frame, but that was as close as they got. Arthur hooked up with Danny Desriveaux on a 6-yard TD pass at the 2:05 mark of the second quarter and the rout was on.

Challenger hauled in his third touchdown toss, this time a 60-yard bomb, at 4:35 of the third quarter to increase the visitors' lead to 21-7. Vanier added 15 unanswered points in the fourth frame on a 41-yard pass from Arthur to Kyermmeh and on a 4-yard dash by Clyve Sawyers. A Kyermmeh single rounded out the scoring for coach Ray Gagnon's troops, which played solid defense once again as they limited the powerful Cougars to only 7 points in their first loss of the season.

Vanier has some players atop the statiscal leaders. Kiyermmeh continues to lead the league in scoring with 71 points,
followed by Challenger with 60 points. Challenger also leads the league with 520 yards receiving on 22 catches, and is tops in punt return yardage with 260 yards on 18 returns for a 14.44 yards per return average, which also leads the league. Quarterback Arthur is #1 in completion percentage with 55.5% and in TD passes with 16. He places second with 1028 yards passing and 66 passes completed.


November 12, 2001: FOOTBALL CHEETAHS VICTORIOUS AGAIN
ENTER PLAYOFFS WITHOUT LOSING ON THE FIELD

The Vanier College AAA Football Team completed the regular portion of their schedule yesterday with an impressive 35-0 rout of F.X. Garneau. The Cheetahs completed the regular portion of their schedule with a 6-4-0 record and will host the third place Vieux-Montréal Spartiates (6-4-0) in a sudden-death semi-final game this coming Saturday, November 17th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Vanier College Football Field. The other semi-final contest features the first place Champlain- Lennoxville Cougars (9-1-0) hosting the fourth place F.X. Garneau Elans. The winners will meet in the Bol d'Or Championship game which is scheduled for Saturday, November 24th.


November 19, 2001: CHEETAHS DROP OVERTIME THRILLER TO VIEUX
MIRACULOUS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT

THE VANIER COLLEGE MEN'S FOOTBALL CHEETAHS' season came to an abrupt end on Saturday with a heartbreaking 19-16 overtime loss to the Vieux-Montréal Spartiates at the Vanier College Football Field. The Cheetahs are now eliminated from Bol d'Or contention with the defeat.

Down 16-2, quarterback Jabari Arthur connected with Kevin Challenger for a touchdown. The Kwame Kiyermmeh convert
narrowed the gap to 16-9 with only 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Cheetahs were then called for offside on their onside kick attempt after it appeared that the home team had recovered the ball. This gave the Spartiates the ball at mid-field and appeared to have secured the victory. Attempting to kill the clock, the Spartiates were forced to run the ball as the Cheetahs used their two remaining time outs to prolong the game. Vanier then forced a fumble on a terrific hit and life was worth living once again as the home team marched the ball down the field. On the last play of regulation time, Arthur fumbled. After a mad scrammble for the ball, Roch Labossière scooped it up around the 25-yard line and found a seam as he made a mad dash towards the endzone. A key block by Arthur gave Labossière the final room that he needed to make it in the endzone. Kyermmeh convert evened the score 16-16 for regulation as time had expired. Unfortunately, Vieux-Montréal kicked a field goal in the extra session for the win and to send the visitors to the championship game.

Arthur had a huge game for the Cheetahs completing 21 of 42 pass attempts for 296 yards. Danny Desriveaux led the receiving corps with 5 catches for 81 yards while Challenger hauled in 7 passes for 79 yards. Clyve Sawyers led the way on the ground with 46 yards rushing on 9 carries. The defense was paced by Jeffrey Webster and William Miller with 13 tackles apiece while Amir Khalil recorded 11 tackles to go along with 4 quarterback sacks. This was the first loss for coach Ray Gagnon's squad on the field this season.


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