Laurier football weekly update

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We are heading back to the Yates Cup after a 19-6 victory in the OUA Semi-Finals at home against the McMaster Marauders.

 Game recap & video


It was a great start to the game offensively as we took the opening drive eight plays for 71 yards and finished with a touchdown. After that, is was simply a game of field positioning and field goals.

Once again, quarterback Tristan Arndt was the man behind centre and he managed the game very well. Tristan was 17 of 26 for 189 yards and, most impressively, led a unit with zero turnovers. Tristan had three main targets on the day: Kurleigh Gittens Jr. had six catches for 70 yards, Daniel Bennett had three catches for 54 yards and Brentyn Hall had four catches for 30 yards.

On the ground, we did a solid job up front against a very tough McMaster defensive line and Levondre Gordon had 21 rushes for 121 yards and a touchdown.


Any time you hold an opposing offence to just six points in a playoff game, it is nothing short of amazing! We held the McMaster offence to under 300 total yards and only surrendered two field goals.

We were also able to get pressure on the quarterback and sacked him twice, once by linebacker Brandon Calver and another by defensive end Rashari Henry.

In the secondary, we did a great job covering a tough receiving core and we got two interceptions; one by Godfrey Onyeka and the other from Scott Hutter.

Leading the way in tackles was Godfrey Onyeka with 7, Brandon Calver had 5.5 and Ron Kinga added 5 more.

Special Teams

In the kicking game, Nathan Mesher made good on 4 of 5 field goals – three of which came in the final quarter and opened up the game and sealed the victory.  He also averaged 36.9 on his punts and this included three that pinned McMaster inside their own 20 yard line.

Our two return specialists helped us win the battle of field position all day. Carson Ouellette had six returns for 78 yards and Gittens Jr. had two returns for 67 yards.

Next Up

The 110th Yates Cup is a rematch down in London as we take on the Western Mustangs this Saturday (November 11th) at 1pm. Western is (once again) heavily favoured and they went undefeated through the regular season with ease. In their OUA semi-final game, they beat the Guelph Gryphons 66-12.

The underdog position is exactly where we were last year at this time and is the position where our team plays best!

Here’s what is happening:

Yates Cup pre-game reception – Saturday November 11th
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: South Endzone Beer Garden
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: Levondre Gordon
Defence: Scott Hutter
Special Teams: Brandon Calver

Kurleigh Gittens Jr. named OUA football MVP

OUA All-Stars: several Hawks recognized

OUA All-Rookie Team for three Hawks

Scott Hutter named OUA Defensive Player of the Week

Laurier grads soar: Kevin McDonald

2017 Laurier Football Adopt-A-Hawk – $24,322 and counting!
We still have many players yet to be adopted. Please consider adopting one of our players today:

Legacy Fund – $428,000 and counting!
The time is now to help us have sustained success!

Get your tickets for the Yates Cup!
Saturday November 11th @ Western Mustangs – 1pm. Let’s pack the stands behind our bench like last year – Section HBUY TICKETS

Until next week, go Hawks go!


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