Laurier football weekly update

20161001-kha-vo-laurier-mfoot-vs-western-187Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Unfortunately, our trip down to London didn’t go as planned and we lost to Western 45-26. This puts us to 4-1 on the season with three games remaining. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm0RM7Cxol4

Offence
Western’s game plan was to limit our ability to run the ball as successfully as we have and they succeeded. Eric Guiltinan was held to 36 yards and Levondre Gordon to 55 yards on the ground.

In his second career start, Quarterback Michael Knevel showed poise and made some great throws through the air. Michael threw for 243 yards two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The main target for Michael was receiver Brentyn Hall who finished the game with six receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Tight End Mario Villamizar had his third touchdown reception on the year and Kurleigh Gittens Jr had a 13-yard touchdown run.

Defence
Once again, the defence found the endzone as Linebacker Nakas Onyeka forced a fumble and Defensive Lineman Rashari Henry scooped it up and ran it back 33 yards for the touchdown.

Shortly afterwards, defensive Back Godfrey Onyeka intercepted a ball and returned it for 27 yards. Our defence did a great job limiting the Western’s run game to just 155 yards on the day.

Ultimately, Western has a ton of weapons and found a few ways to break some of them free in the second half. Nakas Onyeka led the charge with 9.5 tackles, Godfrey Onyeka had 8 and Taylor Calverley & Isaiah Messam each had 6.

Special Teams
Western found their way to our punter in the first half but, after that, our special teams outplayed theirs.

Both of our return units did a fantastic job blocking for dangerous returner Kurleigh Gittens Jr. Kurleigh had 142 yards on punt returns and another 161 yards on kickoff returns. Add these totals to his 40 yards receiving and his 13 yard touchdown run and Kurleigh finished the day with 356 total yards.

Next up
No time to dwell on the loss and the perfect recipe to get over it is a quick turnaround. This week we play Thursday evening at 7pm in Toronto.

The Thursday game before Thanksgiving is always good as our players and staff will be able to get a few days off this weekend with family and friends before we get back to work with an important game against Guelph next week.

2016/17 Transparent Fundraising Targets
Thank you to all the new donors we have had in the last month. We are now five months into this year’s fundraising campaign and we are over halfway to our initial target. If you haven’t already please consider adopting one of our Hawks! https://web.wlu.ca/adoptahawk/documents/2016-17AdoptAHawkGiftForm.pdf

Laurier Football 2016/17 Fundraising Targets

May 1st, 2016 to April 31st, 2017
Amount Raised to Date
Football Dinner (April 2016) $45,000
Adopt-A-Hawk (Target $50,000)  
          Football Alumni $3,490
          Friends of the Program  $16,135
          Corporate Partners $2,860
Total AAH $22,485
Outright Donations (Target $125,000)  
          Football Alumni  $25,649
          Friends of the Program  $1,130
          Corporate Partners  $41,000
Total Outright Donations $67,779
Total Amount Fundraised (Target $220,000) $135,269

Click here to view the complete list of donors.

Here’s what is happening:
Players of the Week Lunch
Join us this Wednesday, October 5th at noon in Wilf’s to recap the Western game, honour the players of the game, hand out some great prizes and look ahead to Toronto this Thursday night.

The Players of the Week: Offence – WR Brentyn Hall, Defence – DL Rashari Henry and Special Teams – Returner Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

One more regular season home game
Get your tickets now http://tickets.laurierathletics.com/ Remaining home schedule:
Friday, October 14th – Guelph 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.

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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