Laurier heads to Hamilton to tangle with McMaster

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Photo: Kha Vo

FAN INFORMATION
Game Date/Time: 
Saturday, September 22 – 1 p.m.
Game Location: Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton
Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv
Radio: TSN 1150

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-Time Record vs McMaster (43-18-1)
– the Golden Hawks enter Saturday’s game on a four-game winning streak against the Marauders
– three of those victories have come in the post-season, including Laurier posting back-to-back semifinal victories over McMaster the last two seasons

TEAMS AT A GLANCE
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks – No. 5 in Canada
2018 conference record – 2-1 (Tied 3rd OUA)

– the Golden Hawks will be eager to get back on the field and regroup after being upset by the Waterloo Warriors last weekend in the annual Battle of Waterloo showdown
– Coach Faulds’ squad faced similar adversity a year ago when they lost a late-season contest to the Guelph Gryphons and responded with one of their best games of the season, a 40-15 win over the Marauders
– the loss to Waterloo leaves Laurier in the middle of a heated battle for the playoffs as eight teams are separated by just two points in the standings
– the Hawks continue to own the second-best point differential in the conference at +38 through three games

McMaster Marauders
2018 conference record – 2-2 (Tied 6th OUA)

– it’s been an up and down start to the season for the Marauders who squeezed out a Week 1 victory over Guelph before dropping road game at Ottawa and Western
– McMaster rebounded with a strong second half performance against the Varsity Blues to return to .500 heading into this week’s matchup
– offence has been tough to come by for the Marauders as prior to the second half against Toronto, they had scored just one touchdown in 14 quarters to start the season
– defensively, the team has been very good, ranking second in the conference in yards allowed per game at just 349.3 while allowing just 20 points per game, third best in the OUA

COACH’S QUOTE – Michael Faulds
“Having to face the adversity of defeat last week against Waterloo has been positive for our team. We have had more energy and excitement in practice this week and our players are eager to play this weekend. McMaster is a very well coached and tough team who bring a lot of pressure on defence and try to establish the run on offence. How we handle and adjust to those two things with be crucial for our success.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

OFFENCE
REC Brentyn Hall (Toronto)
– Laurier’s reigning offensive player of the week, Hall is coming off his best game of the season, a four-catch, 123 yard performance against Waterloo that was capped off by a pair of touchdowns
– Hall’s importance to the Laurier’s offence can not be understated as he provides a key secondary target for QB Tristan Arndt should opposing defences try to lock down fellow REC Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

DEFENCE
LB Scott Hutter (London, Ont.)
– after moving to linebacker for the first time in his career last weekend, Hutter will be looked upon to help steady a young group that struggled against Waterloo
– currently fourth on the team with 8.5 tackles, the veteran will look to continue to disrupt both the pass and run game of the Marauders where he’s excelled this season, posting two pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for a loss

McMaster Marauders

OFFENCE
RB Jordan Lyons (Burlington, Ont.)
– currently second in the conference in rushing yards, Lyons has been McMaster’s most consistent producer of offence this year, including a 168-yard performance against Ottawa in Week 2

DEFENCE
DL Enoch Penney-Laryea (Tuckahoe, N.Y.)
– the highly-ranked Marauders defence features a number of talented players, including Penney-Laryea who leads the OUA in sacks this season with four and is tied for second in tackles for a loss at 5.5

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