The Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School Trojans bantam girls flag football team won back-to-back home games last week to claim the GMAA Division 3 championship.
PCHS rolled to a 40-0 win against the MacDonald High School Bulldogs in their semi-final one day before before claiming the title with a 14-13 win against the College Sainte-Anne Dragons in the final on Wednesday.
Shaya Mills had a standout game on both sides of the ball in the Trojans’ dominant semi-final win last Tuesday.
“She was a very strong player for us today,” said PCHS co-coach Matt Randle, who noted that in addition to halfback on offence, Mills had two touchdowns off interceptions while playing cornerback for the first time this season.
“The team changes without here there,” he continued. “They lost their quarterback. If we had lost her, it would have been a closer game. But losing a quarterback is huge, you can’t recover from that.”
Randle and fellow Trojans co-coach Hugues Bertrand were still surprised about the lopsided result.
“There was a logjam in their division but we didn’t expect that,” Bertrand said. “We were surprised because we were expecting a closer game. By the second half all my subs on defence were in and I had a lot of starters out. That was just the way it went.”
MacDonald coach Karelle Bouffard credited PCHS’s athleticism and anticipation.
“This was the first time we played them,” Bouffard said. “A lot of them, we’ve heard, are soccer players so their speed was very good. They were good at intercepting, they were good at reading our plays.”
Bouffard also would have liked to see her players approach the game with a more positive mindset.
“I feel like we were a little down before the game and that might have interfered with that,” Bouffard said. “And our quarterback was injured so we had to put on the fly a new quarterback who hadn’t played the position all season. She played last year so it was putting her in on the fly and we found out today so it was kind of last minute. But we did with what we could and the girls adapted well to it. It took a few plays to adjust to it but then we adjusted and we tried to do our best.”