Laurier hosts Windsor for Homecoming

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Photo: Heather Davidson

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

Game Date/Time: Saturday, September 26, 20151 p.m.
Game Location: University Stadium, Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo
Live Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv
Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com
Tickets: tickets.laurierathletics.com (Box Office opens at 9am on Game Day)

THE SKINNY

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-2) will look to even their record this Saturday when they host the Windsor Lancers (0-4) in their annual Homecoming game at University Stadium.

FAN INFORMATION

– Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available but are selling fast. Fans are reminded that any tickets that are still available on game day will jum p in price by $2
– Ticket limits will be in place for purchases on game day. Tickets will be limited to five per person
– Starting at 9 a.m., Seagram Dr. will be closed to vehicular traffic between Albert St. and Lester St.
– Gates will open approximately two hours prior to kickoff
– Fans walking to the game from campus are encouraged to cross Albert St. by using the crosswalk at Seagram Dr. or at the lights at University Ave.
– For more Game Day information, visit http://www.laurierathletics.com/generatepage.php?ID=69

NEED TO KNOW

– The Golden Hawks are coming into Saturday’s game fresh off their bye week. Laurier’s last game was two weeks ago when they lost to the No. 3-ranked Western Mustangs in their home opener
– The Lancers, a playoff team a year ago, have struggled this season, losing all four of their games thus far by a com bined score of 198-54
– Windsor has won three straight games against the Hawks, including a 26-25 overtime victory at Homecoming two years ago
– The combined score differential in the last three meetings between the Hawks and Lancers  is just seven points
– Last season, Laurier thrilled their Homecoming crowd with a resounding 53-3 win over the Carleton Ravens

ALL-TIME SERIES

The Golden Hawks lead the all-time series against Windsor with a record of 35-14-2. Laurier’s last victory against the Lancers was back in October of 2010 when they won 56-16 in Windsor.

MEET THE TEAMS
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-2)

The Golden Hawks head into their fourth game of the season coming off a much needed bye week. The purple and gold were banged up following two physical contests against nationally-ranked opponents in the Guelph Gryphons and the Western Mustangs but the two week break has allowed th e team to recover and recharge for one of their biggest games of the season.

A win on Saturday will be crucial for Laurier as they look to keep pace with the teams vying for a playoff spot in the OUA. Six teams in the league currently sit at two wins and a win on Saturday will help the Hawks rejoin the pack.

After missing the last two games due to injury, Week 1 starting quarterback Eric Morelli (Burlington, Ont.) is expected to return at pivot for the purple and gold. Morelli guided the Hawks to their only win of the season thus far when he threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns against the York Lions.

The running game should receive a boost as well for the Hawks as one of the team’s best offensive lineman Brett Golding (Dunnville, Ont.) is expected to start after missing the first three games of the season. His ability to open holes at the line should help get 2014 OUA MVP Dillon Campbell (Whitby, Ont.) going as he’s been slo wed down the last two games.

Defensively, the Lancers will need to be aware of rookie defensive back Malcolm Thompson. Taking on his hometown team, Thompson will look to duplicate his play from the first three weeks of the season that see him ranked second on the team in tackles with 18.5 and first in interceptions with two.

Windsor Lancers (0-4)

After qualifying for the OUA Quarter-finals a year ago, the Lancers have been in tough this year following the graduation of fifth year quarterback Austin Kennedy. Windsor has struggled on both sides of the ball, allowing nearly 50 points per game and over 550 yards of offence to the opposition while averaging only 13.5 points per game and 329 yards of offence.

Third year quarterback Casey Wright (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and freshman Liam Putt (Caledonia, Ont.) have seen time under centre this year but it has been the rookie that has started the last two games. Expected to make his third career start on Saturday, Putt, has thrown for 654 yards and three touchdowns but has also been picked off on four occasions.

Tarrence Crawford (Windsor, Ont.) leads Windsor’s ground game, averaging 57.3 yards per game while Beau Lumley (Windsor, Ont.) is Putt’s most dangerous receiver, averaging 25.2 yards per catch.

Defensively, Laurier will have to be prepared for defensive lineman Dave Flewelling (Bowmanville, Ont.) who currently sits tied for fourth in the OUA with three sacks.

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