by John Austen
The Concordia Stingers football team has a new secret agent. The name
is Bond. Jon Bond.
Six-foot-six, the 225-pound quarterback from Plymouth, Mass., is already
making a name for himself in his first year of Canadian university football.
Bond is a big reason why the Stingers posted two wins in their first three
games this season to sit atop the QIFC conference, tied with the Laval
Rouge et Or. He is the leagues leading passer heading into the seasons
The Stingers scored early and often last Saturday, as they dumped the
Bishops Gaiters 46-4 at Concordia Stadium. Bond was 11 for 17 for
213 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 52, 27, 37 and eight yards before
being replaced by veteran Hugo Fortier in the second half.
We are in the fortunate situation of having a couple of really good
quarterbacks, said head coach Gerry McGrath. They complement
Bond was happy with Saturdays result. It came together [against
Bishops], he said. The offence was good today, and so
was the defence.
Fortier opened the season as starting quarterback for the Stingers when
they played the Université de Montréal on Aug. 28. After
failing to generate much offence against the expansion Carabins, Bond
took over and the Stingers rolled to an easy victory.
I know I can be a starter in this league, Fortier said. I
got into eight games during my first two seasons. Ive learned the
system, I know the team and Im ready mentally to do this. We should
have a tremendous squad this year.
McGrath also praised Fortier. Hugo is a real student of the game
and a good passer, he said. He also has a knack for getting
himself out of trouble.
The Stingers were playing their third game in 11 days when they took on
the Gaiters, but they showed no fatigue. In less than two minutes, Concordia
scored all the points they would need. Runningback Jean-Michel Paquette
returned the opening kickoff 76 yards. Two plays later, he ran the ball
into the end zone.
Other offensive stars for the Stingers included Ben Ouimet and Richard
Marin. Concordias defence did the rest, as the Gaiters could only
muster a pair of rouges and a safety.
The Stingers next game is Saturday afternoon, whent they take on
Acadia at Concordia Stadium in the first week of interlocking conference