Laurier football weekly update

faulds profile 1Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

What a great, full team effort it was Monday night under the lights in front of close to 5,000 fans. We completely dominated in all three phases of the game and head into the bye week after an impressive 74-3 win over the York Lions.

Offence
After a slow start to the game, the offence came to life in the 2nd quarter and stayed on fire until the final whistle. In total, over 800 yards of offence and 575 yards on the ground.

All off-season our offensive line and running backs heard what will Laurier do without Dillon Campbell? Dillon is an unreal, recording-setting back and will always be known as one of the best Hawks ever, but on Monday night new names were called upon and were very successful.

Eric Guiltinan had 18 carries for 180 yards and two TD’s, Levondre Gordon had eight carries for 115 yards and two TD’s and Osayi Iginuan had nine carries for 110 yards and a TD. Tre Nicholson, Eli Fera and Darian Waite all added to the rushing attack very well.

Through the air, Julien John threw for 137 yards – including a touchdown pass to receiver Josh Perez. Michael Knevel then played most of the second half and threw for 110 yards, which included a touchdown pass to Daniel Bennett. Marcus Arkarakas and Brentyn Hall also had good games with identical stat lines of 3 receptions for 52 yards.

Defence
It was another dominating and suffocating performance by the defence. York was able to get just 13 first downs all game and gain only 238 yards of total offence.

Up front, the defensive line once again had pressure on the York quarterback early and often and accumulated six more sacks. Kwaku Boateng, Jalen Price, Rashari Henry, Trevaughan James, Sam Acheampong and Zach Houghron all registered sacks. This gives the defence an impressive 15 sacks in just two games.

The linebackers and defensive backs were also all over the field and we were able to get another defensive touchdown. Malcolm Thompson took an interception 70 yards for the touchdown in the second quarter. Malcolm sure has a knack for the football and when he gets it he scores every time. In just his second year playing, Malcolm has four defensive touchdowns. This is more than many offensive players get in a career. Another noteworthy stat is that defensive end Kwaku Boateng’s sack gives him 17 for his career, passing Laurier great Giancarlo Rapanaro for second most in school history. Kwaku is now just half a sack behind the all-time leader Eric Schwab.

Special Teams
Kicker Nathan Mesher was 1 for 2 on field goals making it from 24 yards away. He also averaged 37.5 yards on his punts including a 47 yarder. In the return game we had some excellent blocking all game.

On the opening kick return of the night, Julious Washington took it back 61 yards and was one man away from taking it the distance.

We did find the endzone on a return in the 4th quarter as Carson Ouellette took a punt return 65 yards for the touchdown. Carson has been so consistent for us in the return game and on several occasions he’s been close to scoring, so to final get there was special for him and the guys blocking for him.

Next up
After the bye week, we will make the journey to Ottawa to take on the Carleton Ravens. The game is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, September 17th and we would love to see some Purple & Gold in the stands cheering on our boys.

Here’s what is happening:
Behind the Lens
Be sure to check out the great photos from Laurier Football photographer Kha Vo in the Media section – Behind the Lens.

Players of the Week Lunch
Join us next Thursday, September 15th at noon in the Hawks Nest to recap the York game, honour the players of the game, hand out some great prizes and look ahead to the Carleton game.

The Players of the Week: Offence – RB Eric Guiltinan, Defense – DB Malcolm Thompson and Special Teams – Returner Carson Ouellette. http://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=8531

Two more regular season home games
Get your tickets now http://tickets.laurierathletics.com/. Remaining home schedule:

Saturday, September 24th – Waterloo 1:00pm – Homecoming
Friday, October 14th – Guelph 11:00am – School Day Game

Adopt-A-Hawk
Thank you to so many of you that have already sponsored one of our players! Please help us raise the funds necessary to compete with the CIS best football teams. Consider adopting one of our Hawks today!

If you have a positional preference, just reach out to me and I can make suggestions. https://web.wlu.ca/adoptahawk/documents/2016-17AdoptAHawkGiftForm.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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