Laurier football weekly update

20160917-kha-vo-laurier-mfoot-vs-carleton_-140Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

It was a torrential downpour at Carleton’s Homecoming this past weekend, but we did not mind at all because we left with a tough, hard-fought 17-16 win. The win makes us now 3-0 on the year and we have moved up to the #5 spot in the CIS national rankings.

Offence
It was a very slow start offensively with the rain coming down sideways. We did, however, find life in the second half as quarterback Michael Knevel took over and guided us on a terrific 90-yard drive capped off by a one yard Darian Waite touchdown run.

Then, late in the third quarter and most of the fourth, we imposed our will on the ground. Fifth year running back Eric Guiltinan, behind our great offensive line and fullbacks, pounded the Carleton defence for 200 rushing yards. Eric’s performance was so good that he received OUA player of the week honours.

Through the air, it was a big challenge with several errant throws and dropped balls in the inclement weather. We did, however, have some big time conversions to extend drives. Michael connected with Brendan McCracken and Carson Ouellette in second down situations.

Defence
The defence, once again, was tough all day. Carleton had some terrific offensive weapons, but our defence stood strong. Even when there was a bit of bend, there definitely was no break.

Creating turnovers is definitely a focus of Coach VanMoerkerke and, once again, our defence had some very big ones in this game. Safety Taylor Calverley had two awesome interceptions, one at mid-field and one in the end zone to stop a touchdown.

Scott Hutter also found his way to the ball a few times. Scott had a great fumble recovery and he also had an interception and took it back 54 yards for the touchdown. His performance earned him the OUA defensive player of the week.

The last turnover of the day – and maybe the biggest – came late in the fourth quarter when Carleton went for it on 3rd and 1 from mid-field. Our defensive line had a great surge up front and Nakas Onyeka made the tackle in the backfield to force a turnover on downs.

Special Teams
Our cover teams had a huge challenge this week as we faced the nation’s most explosive returner. All day, our players rallied and were able to tackle him before he could get up to speed and make the big returns he is used to.

On returns, we cannot say enough about Carson Ouellette who caught ten punts while looking up into a torrential downpour. Not once did Carson even bobble the ball at all and he quickly ran up field for positive yards.

In the kicking game, Nathan Mesher averaged 38.4 on his punts and he made the game winning field goal from just eight yards away. One might think that is literally a chip shot, but the distance actually made it very tricky as Nathan had to get really far underneath the ball to get it to rise so quickly and had to deal with a sharp angle.

Next up – Homecoming
Please come out and watch our Golden Hawks this Saturday at 1pm as we take on our crosstown rivals the Waterloo Warriors. Waterloo is a very young football team, but we know that they are well coached and will be excited to play at our Homecoming.

Here’s what is happening:

Players of the Week Lunch
Join us this Thursday, September 22nd at noon in the Hawks Nest to recap the Carleton game, honour the players of the game, hand out some great prizes and look ahead to Homecoming against Waterloo this weekend.

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

Post-Game Reception at Turret
Join us post-game at the Turret. Enjoy a drink and some appetizers with Laurier coaches, players, alumni and supporters.

Two More Regular Season Home Games
Get your tickets now http://tickets.laurierathletics.com/  Remaining home schedule:

Saturday, September 24thWaterloo 1:00pm – Homecoming

Friday, October 14thGuelph 11:00am – School Day Game

Behind the Lens
Be sure to check out the great photos from Laurier Football photographer Kha Vo in the Media section – Behind the Lens.

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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