Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
I’m proud of the way our team fought with a very good opponent for four quarters. After a back-and-forth first quarter score of 21 – 21, it was a defensive showdown. In the end, McMaster made the timely plays when needed and we had some tough bounces not go our way.
The team has quickly moved on from this 30-21 defeat and we are now in a must-win situation this weekend against Queen’s. It is a very simple playoff scenario for us – win and we are in, lose and we are definitely out. There is no other scoreboard watching as the results from other games do not affect our playoff outcome.
Offence – We quickly jumped out to a good start as QB Eric Morelli found WR Kurleigh Gittens JR for a 37 yard TD throw and catch. After that, we moved the ball at times, but could never find ourselves back in the end zone on offense.
Running back Dillon Campbell had a couple of big runs – including a 40 yarder in the fourth quarter, where the defensive back literally made a touchdown saving shoe string tackle. Two plays later we squandered that potential scoring drive by fumbling. This week we will need a balanced attack as we head to Kingston and play in front of their Homecoming crowd.
Defence – Early on, DB Ben Millar made the score 14 – 0 with an impressive 65 yard interception return for a TD. Other than a five minute period in the second quarter where the McMaster offense caught fire and scored three TDs, our defence played really well.
We knew we were facing a team that averaged 50 points a game and we definitely slowed them down. Defensive end Kwaku Boateng had 2 sacks and LB Brandon Calver added another. Linebacker Matt Williams was all over the field and had 12 tackles. Defensive back Godfrey Onyeka had five tackles to go along with an interception, meanwhile DB Austin Reusch, DB Malcolm Thompson and LB Nakas Onyeka all had seven tackles themselves.
Special Teams – On a cold and windy day, both teams’ kickers missed their field goal attempts. In the punting department, we averaged three yards more per punt, which is always a good stat when you out-punt your opponent.
The special teams standout performance was made on our kick return, where we had some outstanding blocking and speedy receiver Kurleigh Gittens JR took it all the way for an 101 yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Here’s what is happening:
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 Ray Cruz
Offensive Scout Team – WR Pete Nikolic & WR Noah Olynyk
Special Teams – WR Kurleigh Gittens JR
Defense – DB Ben Millar
Offense – WR Kurleigh Gittens JR
Adopt-A-Hawk – $27,961 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.
Help us expand our subscribers list and send me firstname.lastname@example.org the email address of anyone interested, please and thank you!
Until next week,
Go Hawks Go!