Laurier football weekly update

_pet2285Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

After a tough loss to Western and a very short week of preparation for the University of Toronto our team responded really well. We are now 5-1 after a 54-3 victory Thursday night in Toronto over the Varsity Blues. CLICK HERE FOR HIGHLIGHTS

Offence
Many standout performances as we were able to have a very balanced attack, rushing for 207 yards and passing for 303 yards. The ground attack was led by two second year players with veteran Eric Guiltinan sidelined with a minor injury. Osayi Iginuan had 19 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown and Levondre Gordon had 16 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Through the air, Michael Knevel continues to get better each and every week. Michael threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Michael’s main targets on the day were also second year players: Kurleigh Gittens Jr had four receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns and, on the opposite side, Brentyn Hall had five receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. The offence still leads the county in rushing yards per game with 296 yards per outing.

Defence
The Toronto offence was held to just 255 total yards and only three points. The big plays on this side of the ball continued as we had seven quarterback sacks and four interceptions.

Many different Hawks got sacks, led by Jalen Price with two and Robbie Smith with 1.5.

When the Toronto Quarterback did manage to get the ball off, our defensive backs were in position to make plays on it. Scott Hutter had two more interceptions and Malcolm Thompson had two of his own. Malcolm’s second interception was special as it occurred in our own endzone and he took it back 110 yards for the touchdown.

The defence now leads the country with 27 sacks and 5 defensive touchdowns.

Special Teams
The scoring for the night wasn’t limited to just offence and defence. Kurleigh Gittens Jr opened up the scoring for the night with a 92 yard punt return touchdown.

Our return units blocked really well for our returners all night as we had 7 returns, both punt and kickoff, for 164 yards. Nathan McLean was our kicker for the night and made a 15 yard field goal and he also averaged 36.2 yards per punt.

Next up
This Friday morning at 11am is our School Day game against the Guelph Gryphons. We are expecting roughly 4,000 elementary school kids to attend. This is a nice way to play in front of a large crowd when the student population is away with fall reading week.

Here’s what is happening:
Players of the Week Lunch
Join us this Thursday, October 13th at noon in the Hawks Nest to recap the Toronto game, honour the players of the game, hand out some great prizes and look ahead to Guelph this Friday.

The Players of the Week: Offence – QB Michael Knevel, Defence – DB Malcolm Thompson and Special Teams – Returner Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

Final 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.

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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