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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
We played our best football game in a long time last Sunday evening in Kingston as we beat the #9-ranked Queen’s Gaels 44-18. This makes us 2-0 on the season with the bye week this weekend.
Balanced offensive football was on full display as we accumulated 385 yards passing and 250 yards rushing against Queen’s.
Through the air QB Tristan Arndt was a very impressive 24 of 30 for 310 yards and 3 touchdown passes. QB Jacob Spinella also saw some game action and had a great 75 yard touchdown pass.
The receiving core was led by Kurleigh Gittens Jr. who had 12 receptions for 178 yards and a TD. Kurleigh was not the only receiver with big plays, as Brentyn Hall, Ente Eguavoen and Esson Hamilton all found the endzone.
On the ground, we established our dominance at the line of scrimmage early and often. Running back Levondre Gordon led the way with 17 carries for 120 yards while fellow rusher Osayi Iginuan racked-up a bruising 26 yards and a touchdown.
It would be very tough to have a better start defensively then we had Sunday evening. After one quarter of play, Queen’s offence had zero first downs and just four yards passing and four yards rushing. This defensive dominance continued for the rest of the game. In fact, 11 of Queen’s 18 points came in the final three minutes of the game.
Once again, we held the opposition to fewer than 100 yards rushing and right at 50% completion rate.
We had two sacks on the night; one by DE Robbie Smith and another by DB Malcolm Thompson.
We tackled very well and they were spread out as DB Malcolm Thompson had four, DT Trevaughan James had three-and-a-half, LB Mario Pineda and DE Robbie Smith had three each and LB Jordan Veltri and LB Mitch Rooney both had two-and-a-half.
Kicker Nathan Mesher had a great game punting the ball with an average of 42.5 yards. Nathan was also 3 for 4 on field goals, with a long of 42 yards.
In the return game, the speed of receivers: Kurleigh Gittens Jr, Esson Hamilton and Romy Simpson was on full display as they had 13 returns for 146 yards.
We are currently on our bye week, but next Saturday, September 15th at 1pm we will play host to crosstown rivals the Waterloo Warriors at University Stadium.
Help us have a big crowd! This video will get you in the mood.
More Laurier Football headlines
Players of the Game vs. Ottawa
Offence – REC Kurleigh Gittens Jr.
Defence – DB Ron Kinga
Special Teams – LS Jon Timmons
Gittens Jr. named Laurier Athletics male Athlete of the Week
HawkTalk podcast is back for another season
Be sure to listen and download this weekly podcast which sees play-by-play announcer Dan Polischuk interview coaches and players. LISTEN
2018/19 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign
Thank you! We are off to a great start with well over 140 donors already. We have raised over 93% ($37,535) of our $40,000 goal! FULL DONOR LIST
Help bridge the gap between Laurier and the rest of the OUA by “adopting” one of our players today: www.laurieralumni.ca/AAHfootball
Post-Game – 5th Quarter Club presented by Amsterdam Brewery
We will be up and running next weekend with our post-game party after the Battle of Waterloo on September 15th.
Watch Us Play!
We would love to see big crowds this year. You will watch a highly competitive team and witness outstanding performances by many future professional athletes. Get your season tickets here and see remaining home games against the Waterloo Warriors, Guelph Gryphons (Homecoming) and Windsor Lancers.
Legacy Fund – $448,000 and counting!
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Go Hawks Go!