Laurier football weekly update

20170930 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football vs WES-251Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Adversity can make you crumble or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and learn from it – and that is what we plan to do after the Western Mustangs were the better team at our Homecoming, beating us 29-13.

Game highlights and recap

Offence
We had good chunks of yardage; in fact first downs were even at 28 for both teams and total yardage in the game was separated by just 20 yards in favour of the Mustangs, but we need to be more productive when we get into scoring range.
We either settled for field goals, turned the ball over or punted just before getting into range.

On the ground, Levondre Gordon had a solid day racking up 18 carries for 107 yards. Through the air, Michael Knevel once again threw for over 300 yards, as he was 33 of 45 for 317 yards and a touchdown pass to Daniel Bennett.

Knevel’s favorite target on the day was Kurleigh Gittens Jr. who had 18 receptions for 174 yards. This was just one catch shy of the USports single game record held by former Hawk and training camp guest coach Andre Talbot.

Defence
We’re proud of our defence holding the Mustangs offence to just 29 points. When they did get into scoring range we forced them into field goals five times.

Through the air, we made it difficult for Western’s quarterback Chris Merchant and held him to just 109 yards passing. He did a good job of scrambling when he couldn’t find open targets down field and he managed to pick up valuable first downs.

We added two more sacks on defence; one each by linebacker Brandon Calver and safety Scott Hutter.

In terms of tackles, Calver led the way for us with 11, fellow linebacker Brad Cowan had seven, defensive back Godfrey Onyeka added six and defensive lineman Trevaughan James had five.

Special Teams
For much of the first half, both teams battled for field position and traded field goals. Nathan Mesher finished the day 2/3 on field goals, making good from 21 and 23 yards out. He also had a good day punting, averaging 41.3 yards on his seven punts.

In the return game, the big plays were limited. Carson Ouellette had four returns for 30 yards and Gittens Jr. had five returns for 39 yards.

Next Up
No time to have our heads down and sulk about the loss as we play at 7pm this Thursday, October 5th at York.

The York Lions are 1-4 on the season, but they will be very excited to play us and we need to clean up our play as the end of season nears.

Here’s what is happening:

Western game photos
VIEW HERE

Players of the Week
Offence: REC Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

Defence: LB Brandon Calver

Special Teams: K Nathan Mesher

HawkTalk podcast with Carson Ouellette and Brandon Calver
LISTEN HERE

Congratulations to the 2017 Laurier Athletics Hall of Fame inductees
FULL STORY

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 – $18,387 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:

  • 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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