With a home opener played on June 23, the Montreal Alouettes' marketing team could definitely have done more to celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. Never mind, two Quebec players put on the show at Stade Percival-Molson!
Indeed, Marc-Antoine Dequoy and Brian Harelimana put themselves in the spotlight by this eve of National Day.
The former scored his first career touchdown in the Canadian Football League (CFL). In the third quarter, the marauder took advantage of a badly caught pass by a rival to steal the ball. His long hair in the wind, Dequoy cleared the 21 yards that separated him from the end zone. A scene that Carabins fans saw a few times during his time at the University of Montreal.
“Scoring a touchdown in the CFL, I was told it helped prolong careers” , joked the second-year player after the game.
“On the bench, after the 18th knock on my helmet that my teammates gave me to congratulate me, I realized what I had just done. I am very happy,” he added with a smile.
Harelimana took up the challenge
For his part, Harelimana got his first career start, having had the daunting task of replacing linebacker Chris Ackie. According to coach Byron Archambault, the Laval resident has proven he can be a regular in the CFL.
“Brian could be a starter on any team on our circuit, he said. said. […] He showed it tonight [Thursday].”
The 26-year-old footballer did several good things, including two quarterback sacks, against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Of a humble nature, Harelimana said he was happy with his performance, but above all wanted to highlight the work of his teammates.
“I'm really happy, but it's important that I give credit to our defensive line. The guys did a great job and that's what got me to quarterback.”