Laurier looks to snap losing skid on Homecoming

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Photo: Jeff Hutter

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

FAN INFORMATION
Game Date/Time: 
Saturday, September 29 – 1 p.m.
Game Location: University Stadium – Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo
Tickets: tickets.laurierathletics.com
Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv
Radio: 570 News
Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com

PROMOTIONS
– First 3,000 fans receive Golden Hawk Rally Towels
– Halftime performance from Craz-E-Crew Stunt Team – BMX Bike Performance
– Expanded Kids Club
– Kids 12 and under Free
– Fifth Quarter Club post-game at University Stadium Gym presented by Amsterdam Brewery

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-Time Record vs Guelph (42-18-0)
– while the Hawks have historically dominated the Gryphons, Guelph has been the better of the two teams head-to-head recently, winning five of the last six meetings, including a 24-14 win in Guelph last season
– Laurier was victorious the last time these teams met at University Stadium, a 27-25 win for the Hawks in 2016

SATURDAY STORYLINES
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks – No. 8 in Canada
2018 conference record – 2-2 (7th OUA)

– what started out as a promising season for the purple and gold has quickly turned on it’s head after consecutive losses to Waterloo and McMaster
– the back-to-back defeats have been a rarity for the Golden Hawks as of late, something that hasn’t happened since the team lost three straight in 2015
– heading into Saturday, the Hawks and Gryphons both sit outside a playoff spot, adding extra fuel to an already important game for the purple and gold
– after a sluggish offensive performance against the Marauders, Laurier will be looking to get their playmakers involved early and often against a stingy Gryphons’ defence that is allowing less than 20 points per game, third best in the conference

Guelph Gryphons
2018 conference record – 2-3 (8th OUA)

– Guelph has also had their fare share of tough losses this season, including a 33-32 defeat on their Homecoming weekend last week to the Queen’s Gaels
– in that contest, the Gryphons rallied from 33-7 deficit only to come up short when their field goal attempt late in the contest was wide
– like the Hawks, Guelph’s defeats this season have been by the narrowest of margins, losing three games by a combined five points, nearly identical to Laurier’s three losses by a combined three points
– relying heavily on the ground game on offence, Guelph may be hard pressed in that regard on Saturday as Laurier ranks second in the conference in rushing yards allowed per contest at just 109.3

IN THEIR WORDS – Michael Faulds
“Homecoming isn’t just another game; there is a lot more excitement in and around the stadium. It is great seeing so many generations of Golden Hawks at the game all wearing their purple and gold and cheering loudly. This year’s game is even more important as we are trying to gain momentum back and move up the OUA standings.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

OFFENCE
RB Levondre Gordon (Mississauga, Ont.)
– the fourth-year running back has been arguably the Hawks’ most consistent offensive threat so far this season
– has rushed for over 100 yards in three of Laurier’s four games and his four rushing touchdowns leaves him tied for third in the conference

DEFENCE
DB Will Amoah (Kitchener, Ont.)
– the third-year defensive back has been quietly having a very good season for the purple and gold
– currently leads the Hawks in interceptions, after picking up his second of the season against McMaster, while ranking second on the team in tackles with 13.0

Guelph Gryphons

OFFENCE
QB Theo Landers (Maple Ridge, B.C.)
– a dual threat quarterback, Landers has been the most dynamic element of the Gryphons’ offence this year, including leading the team in rushing with an impressive 76.6 yards per game
– through the air, the fourth-year pivot has been less deadly but has still put up 893 yards and six touchdowns to just one interception

DEFENCE
LB Luke Korol (Dundas, Ont.)
– Korol has been nothing short of dominant for the Gryphons this season as he leads the conference in tackles per game at 10.0
– the fifth-year is also tied for fifth in the conference in sacks with three while recording two pass breakups

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