Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
It felt good to get back into the win column on Saturday at Waterloo’s homecoming. The emphasis on discipline during the week of practice definitely paid off and we dropped from 20 penalties against Windsor to just 8 on Saturday and came away with a 42-0 win.
Offense – RB Dillon Campbell is now the Laurier All-Time leading rusher, passing Laurier great Andy Cecchini’s who has had his name in the Laurier record books since 1991. Dillon was tough to tackle and in just 2 ½ quarters he had 31 carries for 241 yards and 3 TD’s. From that point on four other running backs got game action and all ran well behind our great offensive line that continues to push opposing defenders around. On a day of really windy conditions, when you need to be able to run the ball, the O-Line paved the way for almost 400 rushing yards. Through the air we struggled, but managed to find the endzone once on a 32 yard completion from QB Eric Morelli to WR Marcus Arkarakas.
Defense – It doesn’t matter who the opponent is anytime you can walk away with a shutout it is a great accomplishment. Our defense completely shut down the run and forced Waterloo to have to pass in the windy conditions. What is even more impressive than the shutout is holding the opposing offense to just 98 total yards of offense. A key play in the game was LB Brandon Calver forcing a fumble and DB Tanner Philp scooping it up and taking it back 11 yards for the touchdown. DB Ben Millar also had a big play, getting a 3rd down interception in the endzone to complete the shutout. In the tackles department we were led by first year LB Matt Williams who was all over the field making big hits and he ended up with 7 tackles.
Special Teams – The 60km/h winds were a big factor in the game and both teams had their challenges kicking the ball. Kicker Nathan Mesher still averaged a good 41 yards per punt and was 1 for 3 on field goals, making one from 11 yards. DB William Pitt-Doe led in the return game with a 32 yard kick return and a couple good punt returns. Our focus this week on special teams is our punt protection where we need to do a better job.
Here’s what is happening:
Friday, October 9th 7pm vs. Ottawa Gee Gees
The theme of this week is a playoff mentality. Even though we have 3 games remaining we are in a situation of MUST win football. Ottawa has an identical 2-3 record and we can use all of your support Friday night at 7pm here at University Stadium.
This game is also staff & faculty day and the kids section will have a large bouncy castle.
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 – LB Adam Masur
Offensive Scout Team – WR Jake Gassler
Special Teams – DB William Pitt-Doe
Defense – LB Matt Williams
Offense – RB Dillon Campbell
Adopt-A-Hawk – $27,862 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.
Two home games left! Watch us this Friday night.
Fri, Oct. 9 vs Ottawa – 7pm
Sat, Oct. 17 vs McMaster – 1pm – Senior Day
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Until next week,
Go Hawks Go!