Three Hawks named to East-West Bowl

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Photo: Laurier Athletics

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

TORONTO (March 1, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team will be sending three players to the 15th annual East West Bowl, hosted by Laval University, as U SPORTS announced the team rosters on Wednesday.

Defensive backs Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., and Isaiah Guzylak-Messam of Hamilton, along with defensive lineman Rashari Henry of Ottawa, will suit up for the West at the week-long event, which runs from May 8 to 13 and features U SPORTS football players heading into their Canadian Football League (CFL) draft year.


Onyeka heads to Quebec City as one of the headline players of the event having been named a CIS/U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian each of the past two seasons.

The 6-3, 205 lbs corner is coming off the best season of his career as he recorded 40.5 total tackles, second most on the team, along with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, one knockdown, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

During Laurier’s playoff run, the two-time OUA First Team All-Star added 21 tackles, two knockdowns, one fumble recovery and one interception in helping the purple and gold win the Yates Cup and advance to the Uteck Bowl.

Guzylak-Messam, a fellow defensive back, will represent Laurier after appearing in all of the Hawks’ games for the first time in his career. Hobbled by injuries through his first two seasons, appearing in just 10 total games, Guzylak-Messam dressed in all 11 games for the purple and gold in 2016.

During the regular season, the 6-2, 205 lbs halfback registered 26 total tackles and one knockdown before adding 11 total tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one knockdown and one interception in the playoffs.

Rounding out the group of Golden Hawks heading to Quebec City in May is Henry, a 6-0, 260 lbs defensive end. Dressing in seven regular season games, Henry had 3.5 total tackles and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. During the playoffs, he added two tackles, both of which were sacks.

Over the 15-year history of the East West Bowl, including this year’s group, the Golden Hawks have sent 54 players to the event with 17 having gone on to be drafted into the CFL.

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