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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
Last Saturday we simply didn’t accomplish what we set out to do. We are now right in the middle of the OUA standings at 2-2 after a 21-20 loss to McMaster. We will look to rebound this weekend at our Homecoming game against the 2-3 Guelph Gryphons Saturday at 1pm at University Stadium.
We got off to a great start with a 12 play, 72-yard drive that ended in a touchdown to open the game. After that opening scoring drive, we showed great inconsistencies the rest of the game moving the ball.
We were able to out-gain McMaster in first downs, rushing and passing yards, but couldn’t score when needed.
Through the air, quarterback Tristan Arndt was 18 of 25 for 202 yards passing with one touchdown pass and one interception.
Receiver Brentyn Hall had the lone touchdown through the air in the second quarter. On the ground, Levondre Gordon was once again impressive with 22 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown.
We made it extremely tough on McMaster’s offence all day and limited them to just 255 total yards.
A combination of pressure on the quarterback and good coverage resulted in McMaster throwing just 12 of 26 for 135 yards.
We were also opportunistic with three interceptions on the afternoon by defensive back Daishane Johnson, defensive back Will Amoah and linebacker Scott Hutter. Scott was also able to get to the quarterback and had a big sack for a nine yard loss.
The leading tacklers were linebacker Tommy Bringi with 7.5, defensive back Malcolm Thompson with five and linebacker Scott Hutter with 4.5.
The kicking game was more of a challenge when dealing with the wind on Saturday.
Nathan Mesher averaged 36.9 on his punts. Three of them were angled nicely and pinned McMaster inside their own 20 yard line. On field goals, Nathan was 1 for 2 making from 25 yards.
In the return game, the combination of Kurleigh Gittens Jr. and Esson Hamilton had nine returns for 92 yards.
Up Next: This Saturday at 1pm is our Homecoming against the Guelph Gryphons at University Stadium. Make sure to get your tickets and arrive early. Very much a must-win game for both teams as we are 2-2 on the season and the Gryphons are 2-3.
Following the game, the 5th Quarter Club presented by Amsterdam Brewery will occur in the stadium gymnasium. This post-game party will start at 4:30pm and there will be lots of food and beverages.
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