Laurier football weekly update

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all got to enjoy some quality time with those close to you.

It was a very happy Thanksgiving for those of us surrounding the team after the BIG 65-30 win Friday night over the Ottawa Gee Gees. It was good to finally play up to our potential and we are dedicated to keeping this momentum and continuing to grow as a team as the season continues.

Two very good opponents ahead of us in McMaster and Queen’s and it will definitely take even more focus and concentration by all to have the opportunity to compete and win.

Offense – When you score points on your first 6 possessions you know you have things rolling on offense. It was great to have a really balanced attack and pose an equally dangerous threat both running and throwing the football.

On the ground, RB Dillon Campbell was once again an absolute beast. In his record- breaking 37 carries, not once did he get tackled by the first defender. Dillon finished the day with 37 carries for 246 yards and a TD.

When it came to passing, QB Eric Morelli played as close to a perfect game as a QB can. He was a very efficient 20-24 for 298 yards and six TDs. The six TD passes ties Laurier great Bill Kubas for most thrown in a game. Eric did a great job spreading the ball around to his receivers.

Rookie Kurleigh Gittens Jr. led the way with seven receptions for 141 yards and a TD. Veteran Greg Nyhof had three for 85 yards and two TDs while Anthony Pizzuti had five for 38 yards and three TD’s – which tied another Laurier record (for TD receptions in a game) with Andre Talbot, Joel Wright and Bryon Hickey.

Defense – We did an outstanding job of slowing down Ottawa’s high powered passing attack. Ottawa came into the game averaging more than 40 points a game and their QB, Derek Wendel, was averaging an amazing 400 yards passing a game.

We entered halftime with just giving up 61 passing yards to Ottawa, which was instrumental in our 41-10 lead at the break. First year DB Scott Hutter had an impressive juggling interception to go along with his four tackles. DL Asante Mizan was one of many forces up front making things difficult for the Gee Gees. In terms of tackles, once again LB Nakas Onyeka led the way with eight, LB Matt Williams had seven and DB Godfrey Onyeka had four and a half more. Nakas is now fourth in the whole conference with 39 tackles.

Special Teams – Kicker Nathan Mesher was once again a perfect three for three on field goals making from 12, 12 and 37 yards. He only had to punt the ball three times all game and averaged 38.7 yards.

In the return game, the speedy Gittens Jr. took the opening kickoff 42 yards to set up great field position. With the score being what it was, Ottawa kicked many onside and moon shot kickoffs in the second half. RB Darian Waite did a fantastic job on two occasions of securing the football and giving us great field position.

Here’s what is happening:

Senior Day Game – Saturday, October 17th 1pm vs. McMaster
Please join come out and watch our seniors play their last regular season game at home.
This game has huge playoff implications and we can definitely use your support!

Post-Game Reception
Please join our coaches, players, parents, alumni and other Golden Hawk fans shortly after the game in the Turret for some refreshments and appetizers.

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 – DB William Amoah
Offensive Scout Team – WR Craig Yeboah
Special Teams – RB Darian Waite
Defense – DL Asante Mizan
Offense – QB Eric Morelli

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.
https://web.wlu.ca/adoptahawk/documents/2015-16AdoptAHawkGiftForm.pdf

Newsletter Subscribers
Help us expand our subscribers list and send me mfaulds@wlu.ca the email address of anyone interested, please and thank you!

Until next week,
Go Hawks Go!
Michael

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