Laurier football weekly update

Week9_7Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Unfortunately our season came to an end Saturday in London as we lost a hard fought game 32-18 to Western. It is safe to say, we gave Western their toughest game of the year and headed into halftime down just 15-13.

Although there are no moral victories and we wish we were prepping for the Yates Cup this week, I am extremely pleased with the heart and work ethic our team showed the second half of the season.

Offence – A big 53-yard run by RB Dillon Campbell to open the second quarter led to three points but, unfortunately, it also ended the day for our star player who re-aggravated an already battered ankle. Dillon amazingly played the whole season with an injured body (ankle, shoulder and knee).

After Dillon’s departure, we struggled to have any consistent yardage. A few throws from QB Eric Morelli to receivers Kurleigh Gittens Jr., Daniel Bennett and Marcus Arkarakas was really the only yardage gained and led to a few field goals. Against a team like Western, we know we can’t settle for field goals, we need to find a way into the endzone and on Saturday that wasn’t the case.

Defence – What more could we say about the defences performance on Saturday? Western was the top offence in CIS history scoring more points and gaining more yards than any team ever has, but Saturday afternoon they met their match.

Our defence created havoc all afternoon; we were able to put pressure on the QB and were also able to create turnovers. Defensive linemen Rashari Henry and Kwaku Boateng had sacks. Kwaku also caused two fumbles and recovered one of them himself.

We also swarmed to the ball and were led in tackles by: DB Godfrey Onyeka with 11, LB Brandon Calver with nine and DB Malcolm Thompson with eight and a half. Malcolm also made the biggest play of the day when right before halftime he had an interception and took it back 58 yards for the touchdown.

Special Teams – Kicker Nathan Mesher once again impressed us going 3 for 3 on field goal attempts from 10, 37 and 39 yards. He finished the year going an incredible 22/27 in his first year starting. He also had a great game punting into a pretty strong wind and averaged almost four more yards per punt than Western’s punter.

In the return game, a huge kick return by DB William Pitt-Doe got called back by a phantom hold that would have put us already into field goal range. Our cover units also did a good job against Westerns returners.

Here’s what is happening:

OUA All-Rookies
We have four players on the OUA All-Rookie Team:
WR Kurleigh Gittens Jr
DL Trevaughan James
LB Matt Williams
DB Scott Hutter
http://www.oua.ca/sports/fball/2015-16/releases/20151110b7d8qu

2016 Starts Today
We are back on the practice field today. The CIS allows just 20 out-of-season practices from the Vanier Cup to the end of April. This means we can practice right up to the Vanier Cup and prevent any teams ahead of us from widening the gap.

These extra practices have definitely paid off the last few years and it is a great opportunity for some of our younger players who were on scout teams all year, to the Vanier Cup and prevent any teams ahead of us from widening the gap.
These extra practices have definitely paid off the last few years and it is a great opportunity for some of our younger players who were on scout teams all year, to run our systems and get more comfortable.

108th Yates Cup on CHCH

Recruiting
We suddenly shift gears now from season mode into recruiting mode. High school football is now into playoff season and the OFSAA Bowls are just a few weeks away.

The finish we had to the season will have a very positive affect on recruiting and we know we can bring in one of the top recruiting classes in the country again this year.

Visit the Class of 2016 recruiting page to see who we have committed for next season so far.

Adopt-A-Hawk – $28,706 and counting
The season is now over, but we still need your continued support!
We have closed the gap to the top teams in this conference and to get over the hump will take all of us.

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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