Laurier football weekly update

20161112-kha-vo-laurier-mfoot-vs-western-369Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

2016 Yates Cup Champions! No words can possibly describe this incredible game and crazy ending, so here are the highlights: CLICK TO WATCH

Offence
Our plan on offence was to do the opposite of what we had done all year, use the pass to setup the run. This allowed us to spread out Western’s defence more and allowed our offensive line to create huge running lanes for second year running backs Levondre Gordon and Osayi Iginuan.

Levondre had 18 carries for 164 yards and a TD and Osayi had three carries for 49 yards.

Through the air, quarterback Michael Knevel was calm, protected the football and spread it to all of our receivers. In the final 8 minutes, down 40-19, we converted four third downs, which included a 3rd and 18 where Knevel found Brentyn Hall in the back corner of the endzone for a 29 yard TD to cut the lead to 40-26.

The next drive, another third down and this time Knevel found Carson Ouellette for a 23 yard touchdown to cut it to 40-33.

After a big turnover forced by our defence, Knevel found Kurleigh Gittens Jr. for the game-tying three yard TD in the back corner of the endzone.

We weren’t done there as, yet again, we got the ball back and marched down with a great run by Levondre to set up the game-winning field goal by Nathan Mesher.

Defence
The theme of our defence all year has been sacks and turnovers and, in the biggest moments in the 109th Yates Cup, we struck again.

Kwaku Boateng, Nakas Onyeka and Brandon Calver all found their way to the Western quarterback for sacks. Defensive back Godfrey Onyeka had another interception and we also forced three fumbles.

In the fourth quarter, when we needed it most, the defence got two, two-and-outs, which set up the offence with great field position.

The biggest play of the day on defence came with just 1:30 on the clock as Nakas Onyeka forced the fumble and Isaiah Messam scooped it up to set-up the game tying touchdown.

There were many fantastic performances by our defence from a tackling standpoint against a dangerous Western offence. Godfrey Onyeka led the way with 9.5, Scott Hutter had nine, Nakas Onyeka with 8.5 and Isaiah Messam with seven tackles.

Special Teams
Both our kickers did an outstanding job. Nathan McLean was responsible for punting and kickoffs and, in the fourth quarter during our comeback, his deep kickoffs that pinned Western back inside their own 20 yard line was absolutely key for us.

As for Nathan Mesher, what can I say about how calm and cool he is in the biggest moments on the biggest stage. To go 5 for 5 with it being very windy and the pressure of it being the Yates Cup is simply amazing!

On the final game-winning field goal attempt with 0.9 seconds left on the clock, Western even tried to freeze Nathan with a timeout, but this obviously did not work as Nathan split the uprights perfectly to secure the greatest fourthquarter comeback in the 109 year history of the Yates Cup.

Next up
Very early Thursday morning we will make the 10 hour bus trip to Quebec City as we play the Laval Rouge et Or Saturday, November 19th at 12:30pm. Laval has won more Vanier Cups than any team and they play in the largest stadium in Canadian University football. They are expecting 15,000 to 18,000 fans for this Uteck Bowl. Our best attribute is our mental toughness and you will see a team not intimidated. We greatly respect our opponent and their coaching staff, but we are also not satisfied with the trophy we just received.

Here’s what is happening:

Players of the Week Lunch
Join us this Wednesday, November 16th at noon in the Hawks Nest to recap the Western game, honour the players of the game, hand out some great prizes and look ahead to the Uteck Bowl vs Laval.

The Players of the Week: Offence – QB Michael Knevel, Defence – LB Nakas Onyeka and Special Teams – K Nathan Mesher.

OUA All-Stars
OUA All-Stars were announced last week and we had some great representation:

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Uteck Bowl Pre Game for Laurier Supporters
10AM – 11:30AM – Location TBD

Please RSVP with Heather Bolton hbolton@wlu.ca

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
We still have some of our players that have yet to be adopted. Please let us know if you are interested and we can find the perfect player for you.

Thank you to so many of you that have already sponsored one of our players! 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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