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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
The mood at Thanksgiving was much better as we are back in the win column after a very tough road win in Ottawa against the Carleton Ravens last Friday 37-31.
A back and forth game and our offence showed no quit as Carleton retook the lead four different times and each and every time we responded.
Second year quarterback Connor Carusello made his first career start and he did very well. Connor was 21 of 31 for 383 yards and four touchdown passes. Connor spread the ball around evenly with five different receivers having at least two catches.
Brentyn Hall led the way with six catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. Other touchdowns through the air were to Kurleigh Gittens Jr., Ente Eguavoen and Esson Hamilton.
On the ground, it was by committee as we had six different ball carriers and we totaled a very impressive 195 rushing yards.
We were able to stop Carleton’s rushing attack, holding them to just 91 yards on the ground and just four yards per carry.
Through the air they have some very explosive receivers, but when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter, we can up very big with several stops.
We were able to get a lot of pressure on the quarterback including two sacks: one by Robbie Smith and another by Scott Hutter. We also intercepted Carleton’s quarterback twice, once by Will Amoah who ran it back 40 yards and another by Malcolm Thompson.
Leading the way in tackles was Alfred Green with 6.5, but there were many others contributing: Robbie Smith had 6, Tommy Bringi had 5 and Will Amoah, Scott Hutter and Ron Kinga all had 4.5 tackles.
It was a tale of two halves for our special teams as the game started off normal with kicker Nathan Mesher going 3 for 4 on field goals and handling his normal punting duties. Then things changed early in the third quarter as Nathan suffered an injury and was forced to leave the game.
The combination of Gittens Jr. and receiver Nick Petermann handled the kicking duties from that point on. In fact, on Kurleigh’s first punt, he ran it 36 yards for a big first down, which set-up a score.
Petermann made both of his extra points and was just wide on his one field goal attempt.
We also had a very big play on punt return as Gordon blocked a punt in the second quarter.
On returns, both Gittens Jr. and Hamilton were really good all afternoon as we had 11 returns for 204 yards, which included a 73 yard kickoff return by the latter.
Up Next: Senior Day & School Day Game is 11am this Friday against the Windsor Lancers. Come cheer on our amazing group on seniors as they player their last regular season home game.
Join us after the game for the 5th Quarter Club presented by Amsterdam Brewery. Players, coaches, alumni, parents and all friends of the program are welcome to join us at Wilf’s this Friday at 2:30pm for the post-game party.
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