Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
Not the final score and outcome we wanted (30-19), but I am pleased with the way we fought to the very end against a quality opponent. Things don’t get easier as we quickly need to re-group, have a great week of practice and get ready for Western who comes to town for our home opener Saturday night at 7:30pm
Offense – It was a very slow start offensively and we didn’t really get anything going until the 3rd quarter. Ultimately, turnovers were the deciding factor like they are in most football games. Guelph was out to stop Dillon Campbell in the running game, so we had to find other ways to get him the ball in space and that was through the air where Dillon was our leading receiver on the day and finished with 67 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving.
We also had some other standout performance by receivers: Carson Ouellette with 8 catches for 82 yards and Daniel Bennett with 5 catches for 62 yards and a TD. James Fracas would love to have some plays back, but he battled all day through injury and finished 32 of 45 for 318 yards.
Defense – Extremely pleased with how we came out on defense and played well from the very beginning. We kept a high powered offense, which scored 78 points last week in check. This great start defensively kept us in the game early on, while it took the offense a while to get going.
We got to Guelph’s quarterback several times forcing him to throw the ball away and we sacked him three times: Nakas Onyeka, Anthony Petrucci and Noah Usherwood. Leading the way in tackles was LB Nakas Onyeka (7), DB Malcolm Thompson (7), DB Ron Kinga (5.5) and LB Brandon Calver (5).
Special Teams – Anytime you face the nation’s leading returner you’ve got a stiff challenge ahead of you, but our cover teams rallied. We were able to force a fumble and recover it at the start of the second half, which led to our first offensive TD.
Kicker Nathan Mesher was good on his only field goal attempt from 34 yards. In the return game, William Pitt-Doe had a couple good kick returns, which included a 36 yard return where he just barely stepped out of bounds.
Here’s what is happening:
- Home Opener – Saturday, September 12th at 7:30pm
- Come see us take on Western at home this Saturday night! Should be a great atmosphere with 4,000 Frosh in attendance.
- MAASV – Male Allies Against Sexual Violence
- Our players took part in a great workshop last week with Stephen Soucie of MAASV. A very informative discussion and our players walked away as better people.
- Players of the Week Lunch
- Please join us at the Hawks Nest this Thursday for lunch at 12pm
- For just $15 enjoy: great food, highlight video, players of the week honoured, prizes, coaches update and more.
- Players of the week:
- Defensive Scout Team – DL Samuel Acheampong
- Offensive Scout Team – WR Brentyn Hall
- Special Teams – DB William Pitt-Doe
- Defense – DL Kwaku Boateng
- Offense – RB Dillon Campbell
- Adopt-A-Hawk – $24,196 and counting
- Thank you to all that have helped us with this AAH campaign; your support is greatly appreciated. For those of you still interested in supporting us, we still have some players that haven’t been adopted and we can give you their name and position.
- We are well on our way to eclipsing the $33,000 that we raised last year as a team.
- Get your tickets to see us at home this year:
- 2015 Home Schedule
- Sat, Sept. 12 vs Western – 7:30pm – Frosh Game
- Sat, Sept. 26 vs Windsor – 1pm – Homecoming
- Fri, Oct. 9 vs Ottawa – 7pm – Community Game
- Sat, Oct. 17 vs McMaster – 1pm – Senior Day
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Until next week,
Go Hawks Go!