The momentum and energy this program has continues to grow and was on full display Saturday in Hamilton. McMaster has been an OUA powerhouse for more than the last decade and we played a great four quarters against them in all three phases of the game and walked away with a 29-15 victory.
The road only gets harder and tougher, but that is what we have signed up for and that is what we are excited about. We travel this Saturday, November 7th to play the #2-ranked Western Mustangs. When the ball is kicked-off on Saturday it will be exactly eight weeks since we lost 59-9. Both teams have grown since that game, but we are a confident group that won’t shy away from anyone.
Offence – McMaster was a team that has given up the fewest yards per game in the OUA this year and we came out and had 538 yards of offence. Through the air, quarterback Eric Morelli made some clutch throws including a 46-yard bomb on the very first play to WR Carson Ouellette.
Morelli found both WR Anthony Pizzuti and WR Greg Nyhof for touchdowns, but his main target on the day was WR Daniel Bennett – who had three catches for 83 yards. Daniel also threw a big 49 yard pass of his own on a trick play to WR Zeph Fraser.
The real story of the game was on the ground as the offensive line once again showed their dominance. Eric Morelli had a touchdown rush and Dillon Campbell was unstoppable. We really leaned on Dillon and he responded with 39 carries for 285 yards.
Defence – McMaster had averaged an impressive 44.4 points per game, but our defence completely took them out of their game. Our defensive line got to their great quarterback early and often making him feel uncomfortable in the pocket. Our linebackers were aggressive and filled on the run, completely shutting that down and our defensive backs played their hearts out against one of the top receiving corps in the country.
Defensive end Kwaku Boateng had two sacks and picked up a fumble recovery on DL Trevaughan James’ sack. Defensive back Godfrey Onyeka led the team in tackles with eight, while DB Austin Reusch was all over the field covering receivers and knocking down passes. LB Nakas Onyeka had four-and-a-half tackles to go along with a sack.
Special Teams – Kicker Nathan Mesher made good on both of his field goal attempts from 39 and 32 yards. Our cover teams did a great job of covering some talented Mac returners and pinning the McMaster offence deep in their own territory on multiple occasions.
In the return game WR Carson Ouellette did a good job on kick returns averaging 20 yards a return.
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 – DB Rod Kinga
Offensive Scout Team – OL Sukhneet Kahlon
Special Teams – DL Kwaku Boateng
Defence – DB Austin Reusch
Offence – RB Dillon Campbell
Adopt-A-Hawk – $28,661 and counting
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We are well on our way to eclipsing the $33,000 that we raised last year as a team.
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Until next week,
Go Hawks Go!