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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
The Battle of Waterloo was certainly a four quarter battle and the down-the-street rivals came out victorious 34-32.
We are obviously disappointed about the game and result, but there is no time to sulk. We are learning from the mistakes and quickly moving on to a talented McMaster team, who we play on the road this Saturday in Hamilton at 1pm.
We moved the ball well against the Waterloo defence, but just simply didn’t score enough points. At this point, any time a drive ends with a punt and not a field goal or touchdown we are disappointed. That being said, quarterback Tristan Arndt had a big day through the air going 21 of 33 for 428 yards and three touchdown passes.
Tristan did a great job spreading the ball around as receivers Kurleigh Gittens Jr. had eight receptions for 155 yards and a TD, Brentyn Hall had four receptions for 123 yards and two TDs and Ente Eguavoen added four receptions for 67 yards.
On the ground, we had a bit of a tougher day as Waterloo was determined to slow down the run. Running back Levondre Gordon had 13 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.
We were in tough defensively trying to contain and stop the conference’s hottest quarterback, Tre Ford. With most QBs, you must cover a receiver for about three seconds but, with how Ford can extend plays with his legs, you are in coverage sometimes for six to seven seconds.
The defence was led by linebacker Scott Hutter who had two pass breakups, and a tackle for loss to go along with his 3.5 tackles. Other defenders contributing were defensive backs Ron Kinga with seven tackles, Will Amoah with 6.5 and Daishane Johnson with four tackles.
Kicker Nathan Mesher has improved his punting each and every game this year. Nathan averaged an impressive 43.1 yards a punt and he was also 1-for-1 on his field goals, hitting it from 38 yards out.
On returns, Gittens Jr, Esson Hamilton and Kevantye Bailey combined for 124 return yards.
On our coverage units, rookie defensive end Tyler Eckert from Vancouver is fun to watch as he flies down the field to make tackles.
Thank you to all that attended the 5th Quarter Club presented by Amsterdam Brewery after the Waterloo game. We will have this post-game party once again after our next home game which is Saturday September 29th vs. the Guelph Gryphons (Homecoming).
Up Next: We travel to Hamilton this Saturday to take on the McMaster Marauders at 1pm. McMaster has a 2-2 record this season, with wins against Guelph and Toronto and their losses coming to Ottawa and Western. They are very well-coached and we will have to play four great quarters to be victorious.
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