Laurier aims to extend lengthy win streak vs Waterloo

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Photo: Jeff Hutter

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

FAN INFORMATION
Game Date/Time:
 Saturday, September 15 – 1 p.m.
Game Location: University Stadium – Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo
Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv
Radio: 570 News
Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com

PROMOTIONS
– First 500 fans receive Golden Hawk Thundersticks
– Autograph Day – Golden Hawks will be on the field post-game to sign autographs
– Kids 12 and under Free
– Laurier Staff Appreciation Game
– Amsterdam Brewery sampling in West Endzone
– Fifth Quarter Club post-game at Wilf’s presented by Amsterdam Brewery


HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-Time Record vs Waterloo (42-14-1)
– Laurier is riding a 14-game winning streak against Waterloo dating back to 2003
– the Hawks’ average margin of victory during the win streak is 44-9

TEAMS AT A GLANCE
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks – No. 4 in Canada
2018 conference record – 2-0 (Tied 1st OUA)

– coming off their bye week, the Golden Hawks look to continue their form from an impressive 44-18 win over Queen’s this weekend
– the Hawks’ offence was clicking against the Gaels, getting touchdowns from five different players as they once against demonstrated their balanced attack
– defensively, Laurier allowed just one touchdown outside the final minutes of the contest and were particularly stingy in limiting the options both on the ground and through the air
– heading into the Battle of Waterloo, the purple and gold lead the OUA in rushing yards per game by a wide margin, averaging over 50 yards more per contest than the second-ranked Guelph Gryphons
– on defence, Laurier ranks second to the Western Mustangs in yards allowed per game

Waterloo Warriors
2018 conference record – 2-1 (Tied 3rd OUA)

– after a quick start out of the gate against the OUA’s only two winless teams, Waterloo came back down to earth in their last contest, a 21-18 setback on home turf to the Carleton Ravens
– the Warriors’ possess a potent offensive attack that leads the conference in passing yards per game and ranks third in rushing yards per game
– on the other side of the ball, Waterloo has struggled, ranking ninth in yards allowed per game and seventh in points allowed per game

LISTEN: Michael Faulds previews the Battle of Waterloo on “The Mike Farwell show on AM 570 NEWS (at 1:47:29)

COACH’S QUOTE – Michael Faulds
“We are excited to host a meaningful home football game and the fact that our opponent shares the same city and street with us makes it that much more special. Waterloo is well coached and playing really good football, so it should make for an exciting and entertaining game for those in attendance.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

OFFENCE
RB Levondre Gordon (Mississauga, Ont.)
– leading the conference in rushing yards per game, the fourth-year running back has been dominant through two games, averaging 7.4 yards per carry
– has had great success against Waterloo in his career picking up 240 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns in three games

DEFENCE
DL Robbie Smith (Brampton, Ont.)
– the fourth-year defensive end has picked up right where he left off in 2017, sitting second on the team in tackles (6.5) while recording two sacks in two games
– will be a crucial part of the Hawks’ defensive efforts to contain Warriors’ QB Tre Ford who leads the conference in passing yards while also leading his team in rushing yards

Waterloo Warriors

OFFENCE
QB Tre Ford (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
– one of the most dynamic players through the first three weeks of the OUA season, the reigning U SPORTS Rookie of the Year leads the conference in passing accuracy (80%), passing yards (1085) and touchdowns (12)

DEFENCE
LB Jack Hinsperger (Waterloo, Ont.)
– rookie linebacker has been a force on defence for Waterloo, leading the team in solo tackles (14) and sacks (2.5)

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