Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
A poor performance on both sides of the ball against a very good opponent and we ended up with the score we deserved 59-9. We have corrected the film and the coaches/players are learning from the mistakes. The bye week has come at a very good time as we can get healthier after a very tough start to the season on the injury front. We also recognize that the two toughest teams in our conference are behind us and we can look to gain momentum and unlike last year try and peak as a team late in the year. This bye week will be used to get better in all aspects and to recapture the confidence leading into Homecoming.
Offense – It was a struggle all night on offense and it didn’t help that we gave Western 14 points off of turnovers. 400 yards of offense is an okay day at the office, but way too many penalties and turnovers ended promising drives. RB Dillon Campbell looked to have that spark and speed back that we are accustomed to seeing; he had 74 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards in less than 3 quarters of action. Our receiving core was led by Kurleigh Gittens JR with 3 catches for 69 yards and Daniel Bennett with 5 catches for 75 yards.
Defense – The Western offense is a healthy juggernaut right now clicking on all cylinders. Our defense fought hard for all four quarters and a lot of players got game experience. DB Malcolm Thompson got his second interception of the year and also had 7 tackles. Our leading tackler was LB Nakas Onyeka with 8.5 and he also had a sack. Other players rallying to the football and making some good tackles were LB Stu Smith with 6, DB Godfrey Onyeka with 6 and DB Austin Reusch with 5 tackles.
Special Teams – The positives we do take from this game came on special teams where we had terrific play. We had several great returns by WR Carson Ouellette and DB William Pitt-Doe. Our tackling was very good on our cover units against some top level returners. Kicker Nathan Mesher had a couple of his best punts on the year and he was 3 for 3 on field goals, hitting from 37, 33 and again from 37 yards. In just his third ever CIS game he is getting better every week and gaining lots of confidence.
Here’s what is happening:
- Homecoming vs. Windsor – Saturday, September 26th at 1pm
- After the bye week we will face the Windsor Lancers for Homecoming.
- Exciting year with it being the 10 year anniversary of the 2005 Vanier Cup Team.
- 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 Yalkun Sakir
- Offensive Scout Team – RB Levondre Gordon
- Special Teams – K/P Nathan Mesher
- Defense – DB Austin Reusch
- Offense – WR Daniel Bennett
- Adopt-A-Hawk – $25,396 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 – 3 home games remaining:
- 2015 Home Schedule
- 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!