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As the French Elite D1 Championship past the middle of the regular season, the North Division standings started to get less confusing.
The undefeated La Courneuve Flash kept his record spotless with an easy win over crosstown rivals the Asnières-sur-Seine Molossians, while second place Thonon Black Panthers looked impressive beating the Cougars of Saint-Ouen. Finally, the Amiens Spartans tied their record with an easy win over the winless Vikings of Villeneuve d’Ascq.
La Courneuve Flash 49 (6-0) – Asnières-sur-Seine Molossians 7 (1-5)
the Glow continued their dominant season this weekend at home, knocking out Molossians 49-7. The game was never close as the hosts took a 28-0 lead at half-time and continued from there.
Thonon-les-bains Black Panthers 35 (5-1) – Saint-ouen l’almône Cougars 14 (3-3)
the black panthers won a remarkable victory at home against Cougarsas their 35-14 victory kept them in second place behind Glow, and widened the gap with the teams behind them. After the score was tied at 7-7 after the first quarter, Thonon had a dominant second quarter, outclassing Saint-Ouen 21-0, then put the game away in the third quarter. This game was all about the turnover battle, like the Thonon the defense forced four turnovers, including three interceptions of Cougars quarterback Brody Hahn, while Thonon the offense did not return it at all. the Cougars‘ the offense actually exceeded the black panthers but could not limit the disastrous games. Thonon Quarterback Brett Hunchak had a very effective day, throwing four touchdowns with just 127 yards, a line stat helped by the short fields his defense gave him. Akiva Wedge added 64 yards and a rushing touchdown for the Black panthers. Adel Bafdile led the way with two interceptions for the Black Panther defense.
Amiens Spartans 49 (3-3) – Villeneuve-d’Ascq Vikings 20 (0-6)
The winless vikings have been thought to be able to keep it close against the Spartansbut they didn’t, because Amiens took this one 49-20. the Spartans The offense, which has struggled all season, found a way to play at a high level this week. Amiens Quarterback Cornelius Kinchen had a memorable day, completing 24 of 40 passes for 297 yards, along with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Four different receivers caught touchdown passes, including Valentin Prioul who led the team with 85 yards and two scores. In defense, the team also shone, forcing three viking turnovers (two interceptions and a recovered fumble). Tristan Trinquart returned an interception for a touchdown and was also a perfect 7/7 on the PATs as a kicker. For the vikings, quarterback Hugo Vienne didn’t have a terrible day, throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns, despite throwing two interceptions. the vikingsThe attack simply could not overcome the difficulties in their defense.