Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – Buoyed by record-setting performances from receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. and defensive lineman Robbie Smith, the No. 7 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team defeated the No. 5 McMaster Marauders 40-15 on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium to clinch second place in the OUA standings.

Gittens Jr., a native of Ottawa, led the Hawks’ offensive barrage against the second-ranked defence in the country as he had 10 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. In the process, he became the U SPORTS single-season receptions leader with 75 and Laurier’s single-season receiving yards leader with 953.

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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – The No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team announced their players of the week following the team’s 24-14 loss to the No. 10 Guelph Gryphons on the road Saturday afternoon.

This week’s Laurier Football Players of the Week are running back Levondre Gordon on offence, defensive lineman Robbie Smith on defence and cover Godfrey Onyeka on special teams.

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GUELPH, ON – The No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team ran into a stout Guelph defence on Saturday afternoon as the No. 10 Gryphons downed the purple and gold 24-14.

The Gryphons (4-3) were led by their defence all afternoon as they limited the Hawks (5-2), who entered the contest ranked second in the OUA in yards per game, to just 186 yards, including holding the nation’s leading passer, Michael Knevel of Brantford, Ont., to just 116 yards on 36 attempts.

While Laurier’s defence was just as strong, holding Guelph’s offence out of the endzone, they couldn’t contain the Gryphons’ special teams. Kicker Gabriel Ferraro of Mississauga, Ont., accounted for 17 of the Gryphons points, including hitting five of his seven field goal attempts, and Jacob Scarfone of London, Ont., returned a missed field goal 122 yards for Guelph’s lone major of the day.

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WATERLOO, ON — The No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team (5-1) will be looking for their sixth win of the season when they head on the road to meet the No. 10 Guelph Gryphons (3-3) Saturday afternoon.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.
Game Location: Alumni Stadium, Guelph
Live Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv

THE SKINNY

Coming off a 53-31 win over York before the Thanksgiving weekend, the Golden Hawks sit tied for second in the OUA. With Western having clinched the conference’s top spot, the Hawks are battling it out with McMaster for the second first-round playoff bye over the season’s final two weeks. Fresh off their bye week, the Gryphons currently own the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA after recording their third win of the season over Waterloo on Sept. 30. Guelph is holding off Queen’s and Carleton (both 2-4) for the final post-season berth and are within striking distance of fifth-place Waterloo (4-3).

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WATERLOO, ON — The No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team has announced its players of the game following a 53-31 win over the York Lions on the road Thursday night. The win improved Laurier to 5-1 on the season.

This week’s Laurier Football Players of the Week (offence, defence, special teams) are: Michael Knevel (Brantford, Ont.), Shomari Hutchinson (Lasalle, Que.) and Stu Smith (Mississauga, Ont.).

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