Laurier football weekly update

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

After a thrilling 21-19 win over the McMaster Marauders in the OUA Semifinals we are heading to the 109th Yates Cup in London.

20161105-laurier-mfoot-vs-mcmaster_-175Offence
Quarterback Michael Knevel continues to impress our staff and he is improving each and every week. In the first quarter, he found receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr for a beautiful 63 yard touchdown catch and run. He finished the day throwing for 159 yards, one TD and zero interceptions.

More impressive than Michael’s ability to throw was his scrambling in the game. Michael had a huge 65 yard rush late in the second quarter, which setup an Osayi Iginuan one yard touchdown run. Then, late in the game, Michael had a key bootleg rush for a first down, which allowed us to run more time off of the clock.

Other key contributors were: RB Levondre Gordon who had 22 carries for 91 yards and Kurleigh Gittens Jr who had 3three receptions for 72 yards – including that long touchdown.

Defence
One defence, we absolutely shut down the run game and allowed only 39 yards on the ground. McMaster accumulated yards through the air, but by making them one dimensional we also forced them into mistakes.

Defensive Backs Ron Kinga, Isaiah Messam and Taylor Calverley all intercepted the McMaster quarterback. We were also able to put pressure on him, including three sacks by Rashari Henry (2) and Kwaku Boateng. The play of the game for our defence and our team came on a McMaster 3rd and 1 in the final minutes of the game. Everyone knew the QB sneak was coming and our guys were determined to shut it down and that’s exactly what they did.

Special Teams
Both Nathan’s dressed for us and shared the kicking duties. Nathan Mesher was a perfect 2 for 2 on field goals and Nathan McLean had the kickoff duties, which included a very big point he gave us by blasting the opening kickoff of the second half through the McMaster endzone.

This point loomed large as it forced McMaster to go for two points after their final touchdown instead of going for the game tying extra point.

On our cover teams, we were led by Robbie Smith who had a couple great open field tackles. In the return game both Kurleigh Gittens Jr and Carson Ouellette averaged more yards per return than McMaster’s returners.

Next up
This Saturday, November 12th we will head down to London to play the Western Mustangs in the 109th Yates Cup. Please consider attending the game and wearing your Purple & Gold. We want the stands behind our bench packed!

Here’s what is happening:

Pregame Reception for Yates Cup
We’ll be hosting a reception from noon-1pm in the General Beer Garden (South endzone of TD Stadium) for alumni and friends of the program.  Light snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.  Please RSVP to Heather Bolton – hbolton@wlu.ca

Tickets for the Yates Cup
https://westernmustangstickets.universitytickets.com/w/

Players of the Week Lunch
Join us this Wednesday, November 9th at noon in the Hawks Nest to recap the McMaster game, honour the players of the game, hand out some great prizes and look ahead to the Yates Cup.

The Players of the Week: Offence – QB Michael Knevel, Defence – DE Rashari Henry and Special Teams – Robbie Smith.

Behind The Lens
Check out Behind the Lens in the Media section for photos from all of our games.

Atlantic Schooner’s Grey Cup Pre-Party
As another way to raise funds for the football program, we are selling tickets to the Atlantic Schooner’s Grey Cup Pre-Party on Thursday, November 24 at the Toronto Convention Centre.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at: http://www.laurieralumni.ca/s/1681/15/social.aspx?sid=1681&gid=2&pgid=1075&cid=3835&ecid=3835&crid=0&calpgid=564&calcid=2357

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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