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20171021 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football vs MAC-237Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Last Saturday, we finally played a game where all three phases: Offence, Defence and Special Teams played well in the same game. With a 40-15 victory over the McMaster Marauders we secured the OUA #2 seed and a first round bye.

Game highlights and recap

With quarterback Michael Knevel out due to injury, it was second year quarterback Tristan Arndt who took charge of the offence.

In his first start ever, the second year pivot out of London played exceedingly well. Tristan was an impressive 18 for 23 for 213 yards, with three TD passes and no interceptions. On the ground he was just as impressive, rushing the ball three times for 65 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run that broke the game open in the second quarter. Tristan’s touchdown targets were Kurleigh Gittens Jr., Mario Villamizar and Daniel Bennett.

The other offensive touchdown came on a 25-yard touchdown run by Eli Fera.

A few records were broken by receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. With his ten catches for 114 yards, Kurleigh became the Laurier single season receiving yards leader with 953 yards and the OUA & USports single-season receptions leader with 75 catches in just eight games.

We completely shut down McMaster’s run game, holding them to just 35 rushing yards on the day. This allowed our defence to pin their ears back a bit and get after the quarterback.

We ended the afternoon with five sacks for 32 yards. Many different defensive lineman added to their sack totals: Trevaughan James, Sam Acheampong, Alfred Green and Robbie Smith – who had two.

With those two sacks, Robbie finished the season with an impressive 10.5 on the year, breaking Yannick Carter’s Laurier record of 9.5 set in 2006. Robbie is also tied for the USports lead in sacks with Kene Onyeka (Godfrey’s brother) from Carleton.

With constant pressure on the quarterback we were also able to get two interceptions, one by rising star Shomari Hutchinson and the other by two-time All-Canadian Godfrey Onyeka.

Special Teams
We had the edge in the kicking game as Nathan Mesher was 1 for 1 on field goals, hitting from 32 yards out. Nathan also punted well, averaging 41.6 per punt – including two that pinned McMaster inside their own 20 yard line.

Our returners were also good as Gittens Jr. had three returns for 46 yards and Carson Ouellette had five for 75 yards – including a 41 yard punt return.

Next Up
We could play any one of three different opponents on Saturday, November 4th at 1pm here at University Stadium.

Should #3 McMaster beat #6 Queen’s this weekend, we will automatically play McMaster.

If Queen’s beat McMaster, then we will play the winner of the #5 Guelph at #4 Ottawa game.

Here’s what is happening:

OUA semi-final pre-game reception – Saturday, November 4th
Start time: 11:00 am
Location: University Stadium gym
Cash bar and light snacks will be available
RSVP: Heather Bolton –

McMaster game photos by Kha Vo
Additional Laurier Football Photographers:
Pete Methner McMaster game photos

Players of the Week
Offence: Tristan Arndt
Defence: Robbie Smith
Special Teams: Jon Timmons

Weekly HawkTalk podcast: OL Ed Cadougan & LB Shomari Hutchinson

Laurier grads soar: Wayne Kemick

2017 Laurier Football Adopt-A-Hawk – $22,927 and counting!
We still have many players yet to be adopted. Please consider adopting one of our players today:

Legacy Fund – $397,839 and counting!
The time is now to help us have sustained success!

Get your tickets for OUA semi-finals!
The opponent will be one of McMaster, Guelph or Ottawa. Tickets on sale at

Until next week, go Hawks go!


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