Carabins: Winning the battle for turnovers

Carabins: Winning the battle of turnovers

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Winning the battle of turnovers is a football cliché often used by coaches to explain to their players the best way to win. The Montreal Carabins will have to do better at this level if they want to find their way back to victory. 

Victims of two consecutive defeats, the Blues find that this facet of the game is what cost them victory in their most recent outing, a 12-5 defeat against the Green & Gold from the University of Sherbrooke. 

“The two losses have nothing to do with each other. In Quebec, we were not there in the first half, first launched head coach Marco Iadeluca. The loss was deserved, in the sense that they dominated the game and they won the game, while last week, in Sherbrooke, I think that with our performance, we deserved a better fate. The only place where we didn't dominate was in turnovers, and that cost us a football game.”

Before this duel in Estrie, the Carabins had caused 11 turnovers and had themselves been victims seven times. Against the Greens, the Montreal team caused none, but saw their rivals steal the ball from them five times. They now have a -1 differential in turnovers in 2022.

“When you lose a turnover battle 5-0, your chances of winning the game are almost nil,” admitted Iadeluca.

Everyone will have to put their shoulder to the wheel to reverse this trend during the last game of the season, Saturday against the McGill Redbirds, at Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, as well as in the playoffs.

“It's part of the goals in the game plan,” said linebacker Michael Brodrique, who returned an interception for a major earlier this season. The guys are respecting Denis' [Touchette, defensive coordinator] game plan and we have to make the necessary plays.”

“It's a combination of the two, but definitely, on offense, [we have to ] commit a little less,” Iadeluca added.

Holding the rushing game

Under a crop of 1,075 rushing yards after seven games, the Redbirds are one of only two teams to break the 1,000 rushing yard mark this season. The Carabins will therefore have to emphasize this facet of the game.

They had also succeeded in this mission during the first game between the two teams, on September 24, giving them only 99 yards in the floor. The Blues then limited their opponents to 166 yards through the air, in addition to making nine quarterback sacks.

“Obviously in Canadian football, when you slow down the other team in the first down and they have a long second down, the work is almost already done on defense,” Brodrique explained.