Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
It was a solid start to the regular season on Sunday afternoon as we beat the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 39-0.
We definitely did not play a perfectly clean game offensively and credit goes to a hard-playing Toronto defence.
In the second half, we were able to be much more efficient, move the ball and score more points.
We were led by quarterback Michael Knevel who spread the ball around and found seven different targets and ended up 25 of 39 for 341 passing yards and a TD pass with no interceptions.
Michael’s favorite targets on the day were Kurleigh Gittens Jr who had nine catches for 110 yards and Carson Ouellette who had the play of the day, when he broke four sure Toronto tacklers and found the endzone from 52 yards out.
The run game was led by Levondre Gordon who had 72 yards and a TD and both veteran Osayi Iginuan and rookie Kavantye Bailey had identical stat lines of 30 yards and a touchdown each.
It would be very tough to play much better than we did on defence.
Amazingly, Toronto had just one offensive snap on our side of the field and their biggest play of the day was a 14 yard reception.
Our stout defence allowed just seven first downs and a total of 75 offensive yards. It wasn’t just one or two players playing well the whole unit took turns making plays.
In the sack department, Rashari Henry, Emerson Gourdet and Robbie Smith all found their way to the Toronto quarterback.
Tackles were also spread out with many guys running to the ball and making plays. Isaiah Messam had 5.5, both Godfrey Onyeka and Brad Cowan with 4.5, Brandon Calver with 3.5, Ron Kinga with 3 and the list goes on.
Our cover units did a great job limiting Toronto returns all day.
In our own return game, we had some very big plays by our dangerous returners.
Kurleigh Gittens Jr had 128 total return yards and Carson Ouellette added another 114 yards of his own.
Both Kurleigh and Carson were very close to breaking for touchdowns and this is something to keep an eye on in future weeks.
In the kicking department, Nathan Mesher started our scoring with a very impressive 44-yard field goal. In total, Nathan was 3/4 on field goals and a perfect 4/4 on extra points totaling a 13 point afternoon. He boomed some punts early in the game and finished with a solid 35.3 average.
We are now currently in a bye week. This is definitely not a week off as we continue to strive to be the hardest working football team in the country. Our players still have daily weight lifting, meetings and practice.
On September 9th, we return to action and host the Carleton Ravens at 7pm for our O-Week Game.
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