Laurier football weekly update

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For a quarter and a half, the Battle of Waterloo was a very close contest. Full credit to the much improved Waterloo Warriors for that. The game then opened up from the end of the second quarter on and we played very well in all three phases, leaving with a 71-24 victory. Game recap and video here.

Offence
The touchdowns were spread out offensively as we got four each on the ground rushing and through the air passing.

On the ground, our two-headed monster of Levondre Gordon and Osayi Iginuan was on full display. Levondre had 18 carries for 106 yards and two TD’s while Osayi had eight carries for 93 yards and two TD’s.

Running backs Eli Fera and Kavantye Bailey both contributed very well and, together, they added an extra 10 carries for 73 yards.

Through the air, Michael Knevel was 15-26 for 279 yards with three TD passes. His favorite target was Brentyn Hall, who had three receptions for 144 yards. Carson Ouellete had five receptions for 88 yards while Kurleigh Gittens Jr. was on the other end of Knevel’s last TD pass.

In the fourth quarter, quarterback Tristan Arndt entered the game and threw a perfect 34 yards TD pass to veteran receiver Daniel Bennett.

Defence
On defence, we opened the game with a huge play as All-Canadian defensive back Godfrey Onyeka sacked Waterloo’s quarterback and caused a fumble that was recovered by Robbie Smith.

On the day, three other defenders got sacks: Sam Acheampong, Rashari Henry and Robbie Smith – who now leads all of the OUA and USports in that category with 6.5.

Our defensive backs also did a great job and we had interceptions by Isaiah Messam and Shomari Hutchinson. Our leading tacklers on the afternoon were: Godfrey Onyeka with 8, Brad Cowan with 5 and both Taylor Calverley and Brandon Calver with 3.5 each.

Special Teams
We have mentioned all year how dangerous both of our returners Carson Ouellette and Kurleigh Gittens Jr. are and, when we needed it most, they delivered.

Right before the half with the score still fairly close, Kurleigh took a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and this really propelled us into halftime and led to the momentum shift in the game.

On the kicking end of things, Nathan Mesher was 1/1 on field goals and a perfect 9/9 on extra points. He also had his best punting performance of the season, averaging 42.3 a punt – including a massive 64-yarder.

Next Up
It doesn’t get much bigger than this: Homecoming, two undefeated teams, a rematch of the 2016 Yates Cup, the 4th and 5th ranked teams in the country and it is forecasted to be an absolutely perfect fall day of 15 degrees and sunny.

Be at University Stadium Saturday at 1pm to see us host the Western Mustangs! laurier.universitytickets.com

Here’s what is happening:

Waterloo game photos
VIEW HERE

Post-game reception 
Everyone is welcome to attend our Homecoming post-game reception up in the Turret immediately following the game.

Players of the Week
Offence: REC Brentyn Hall

Defence: DL Sam Acheampong

Special Teams: RET Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

FULL STORY

HawkTalk podcast with Nathan Mesher and Robbie Smith
LISTEN HERE

Legacy Fund – $397,839 and counting!
The time is now to help us have sustained success! http://www.laurieralumni.ca/footballlegacyfund

2017 Laurier Football Adopt-A-Hawk – $17,887 and counting!
We still have many players yet to be adopted. Please consider adopting one of our players today: www.laurieralumni.ca/AAHfootball

Get your Tickets!
Remaining home schedule:

  • Western – September 30th 1pm [Homecoming]
  • McMaster – October 21st 1pm

Tickets for all home games on sale laurier.universitytickets.com

Until next week, go Hawks go!

Michael​

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