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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
You can win in every statistical category, but if you lose in turnovers it is tough to win and that is exactly what happened against Guelph at Homecoming, as we were defeated 27-24.
Turnovers were the big issue on Saturday as Guelph intercepted us six times, five of which were off deflections. We were able to move the ball with a lot of success in the first half and even with the interceptions we built a 24-7 lead in the second quarter.
This did not continue in the second half as Guelph continued to tip balls and come down with them. We were led on the ground by running back Levondre Gordon who had 21 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. once again had 10 receptions for 90 yards. Kurleigh is now tied with the great Stef Ptaszek for the Laurier all-time lead in receptions with 186.
We played really well on defence all afternoon. In fact, two of Guelph’s touchdowns were given up by the offence. In total, the defence just gave up 16 first downs and 269 yards of offence.
There were lots of big plays from this unit as linebacker Mario Pineda had an interception and returned it 19 yards. There were also two sacks, one by linebacker Tommy Bringi and another by defensive tackle Trevaughan James.
Tommy Bringi also led the team in tackles with 7, while Scott Hutter, Ron Kinga and Malcolm Thompson all had three.
In the second quarter our special teams came up big, as our punt return unit had some great blocking and returner Gittens Jr. took it 80 yards for the touchdown to give us the lead. On the day our returners had 188 return yards.
In the kicking game, Nathan Mesher averaged 37 yards a punt and was 1 for 2 on field goals, hitting from 15 yards out.
Up Next: This Friday at 1pm we are in our nation’s capital to take on the Carleton Ravens. Carleton is 4-2 on the season and this is a must-win for our football program.
More Laurier Football headlines:
Players of the Week vs. McMaster
2018/19 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign
Thanks to you, we have surpassed our $40,000 goal with $46,380 raised! But let’s not stop there. Help bridge the gap between Laurier and the rest of the OUA by “adopting” one of our players today: www.laurieralumni.ca/AAHfootball
Waterloo Region Record article on Mario Pineda
One more home game and it is also Senior Day! Please come out and cheer on our seniors one more time on Friday, October 12th when we take on the Windsor Lancers. Get your game tickets here and see remaining home games against the Guelph Gryphons (Homecoming) and Windsor Lancers.
Legacy Fund – $448,000 and counting!
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Go Hawks Go!