Gibbon takes control
year at helm. Unbeaten Cheetahs eye second straight Bol d'Or
by ARPON BASU, Freelance
Gibbon found himself in a very unusual position last year when,
for the first time in his life, he was watching his football
team while standing on the sidelines.
arriving at Vanier College with a solid reputation as a winning
quarterback - six straight appearances in provincial championship
games through the peewee, bantam and midget ranks - Gibbon was
a backup last season to current Concordia Stingers starter Liam
the best of the situation, soaking up everything he could about the
collegiate game as he patiently waited his turn.
I was behind
the best quarterback in the league and I was learning from the best
coaches in the league," Gibbon, who turns 19 Friday, said at
his family's Ste. Rose home. "So it wasn't the worst thing that
could have happened."
In fact, it
couldn't have turned out much better.
spending the year learning how to read the more complex coverage
schemes of the Triple-A Collegiate Football League, Gibbon entered
this year as the unquestioned starter for Vanier and has gone
on to produce one of the team's best seasons in league history.
Gibbon threw 25 touchdown
passes in eight games this season to shatter the league record
of 18 that stood for 12 years, needing two fewer games to do
it. But more important to Gibbon was that his performance helped
lead his Cheetahs to an undefeated 8-0 regular season as they
prepare to make a run at a second straight Bol d'Or championship
when the playoffs start next weekend.
Cheetahs QB Myles Gibbon learned from the best last season.
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"For pretty much every
player, going undefeated and winning the Bol d'Or was the goal,"
Gibbon said. "So breaking the record never really entered my head
until I was one (touchdown) away from tying it. It just kind of snuck
up on me."
That's probably because breaking
records has become old hat for Gibbon, as the wall of fame filled with
trophies and game balls in his living room will attest.
Gibbon goes to the air, it's usually money in the bank.
most incredible mark would have to be his second year of peewee
in 2001 when he threw for a mind-boggling 89 touchdowns and
4,063 yards in 10 games with the Chomedey Blues.
185 pounds, Gibbon has decent size for a quarterback and an
outstanding arm that can launch the ball 40 yards downfield
with pinpoint accuracy, no matter the conditions.
example came in the second quarter of Friday night's season-ending
27-10 win over Champlain-Lennoxville when Gibbon rolled out
to his right and looked downfield into a stiff wind.
Most quarterbacks wouldn't
have even considered trying to go for the end zone, but Gibbon reared
back and threw a 34-yard spiral on the run into the waiting hands of
receiver Sanchez Deschamps for a touchdown.
Those plays were commonplace
for the Cheetahs this year, but it is Gibbon's temperament that impressed
Vanier head coach Peter Chryssomalis the most.
"He's really grown this
year," Chryssomalis said. "He seems much more in control of
himself, very poised and very confident."
Frankly, with all he's accomplished
this season, what possible reason could Gibbon have for not being confident?
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