Knevel, Henry and Smith named POTW

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Yates Cup bound! For the first time since 2006, Laurier Football is headed back to the Yates.  After a resilient 21-19 win over McMaster last weekend, the Golden Hawks will travel to London this week to take on arch-rival Western in the OUA Championship game.

This will also be an interesting rematch from last year’s OUA semi-final when Laurier gave Western all they could handle but in the end came up just a little bit short.  The Hawks will be looking for a much better result this time around as they look to secure a spot in the 2016 Uteck Bowl.

Coach Faulds and the rest of the Laurier Football staff would like to invite you to join them at this week’s QB Club luncheon as they reflect on the big win over McMaster and plan for the Yates Cup game in London.  Due to other playoff committments, the luncheon will be moved up one day this week and will take place on WEDNESDAY, November 9th in the Hawk’s Nest (Top floor of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre) and will run from Noon to 1p.m.  Lunch is $15 including tax and tip and can be paid at the door. Please RSVP to Wendy Webb (wwebb@wlu.ca) by Wednesday (tomorrow) morning to assist us in preparing for the correct attendance. As always, the Laurier Football Players of the Week will be recognized.

This week’s players of the game are quarterback Michael Knevel on offence, defensive lineman Rashari Henry on defence and cover Robbie Smith on special teams.

Knevel, a fourth year geography major from Brantford, Ont., takes home offensive honours after being named the Porter Airlines Player of the Game. Making his first career start, Knevel was impressive in leading Laurier to a 21-19 victory. He connected with Kurleigh Gittens Jr. on a 63-yard touchdown in the first quarter before setting up the Hawks’ second touchdown of the day with a 65-yard run. In total, he finished the day 11-of-18 for 159 yards and a touchdown while adding 85 yards on three carries on the ground.

Henry, a third year economics major from Ottawa, had one of his best games in a Laurier uniform in helping Laurier shutdown a high-powered McMaster offence. Henry recorded a pair of sacks in the game, the most he’s recorded in a single game in his three-year career, helping to shut down a pair of dangerous Marauders drives.

As for Smith, the second year kinesiology and physical education major from Brampton, Ont., he was critical in the Hawks’ limiting the Marauders ability to return the ball on special teams. The cover had two special teams tackles, both in the second half, as he finished the day with 3.5 total tackles. Smith’s efforts helped hold McMaster to just 12.5 yards per kickoff return and 3.4 yards per punt return.

The Laurier Football Players of the Week are presented by OneCard and the Laurier Bookstore.

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