Laurier hosts School Day Game against Windsor

Photo: Pete Methner

Over 3,000 elementary school children will be in attendance on Seniors Day for the purple and gold

Game Date/Time: 
Friday, October 12 – 11 a.m.
Game Location: University Stadium – Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo

– Halftime performance from Four Paws Flying Entertainment
– All elementary school children will receive complimentary activity booklet
– Fifth Quarter Club post-game at Wilf’s presented by Amsterdam Brewery

All-Time Record vs Windsor (36-15-2)
– the Hawks and Lancers square off on Friday for the first time in two years
– in their last meeting back in 2016, Laurier ended a four-game losing streak against the Lancers as they picked up a 38-9 victory in Windsor

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks – No. 7 in Canada
2018 conference record – 3-3 (T5th OUA)

– facing a must-win game last week against Carleton, the Hawks responded with one of their most consistent performances of the season, getting big plays on offence, defence and special teams to snap their three-game losing streak
– rookie QB Connor Carusello will get his second straight start under centre after an impressive debut that mirrored that of former Yates Cup MVP Michael Knevel who also picked up his first career victory on the road against the Ravens
– Laurier is just 1-3 against Windsor under head coach Michael Faulds and the Lancers have historically played the Hawks tough over the last decade
– the Hawks will need a victory to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot as nine teams are still in playoff contention in the conference

Windsor Lancers
2018 conference record – 1-5 (10th OUA)

– Windsor was officially eliminated from playoff contention after their lopsided loss to the No. 1 Western Mustangs last week
– despite their 1-5 record, the Lancers have been a tough opponent to face this season, giving Carleton, York and Guelph competitive contests this season
– look for the Hawks to run against a Windsor defence that ranks 10th in the conference in rushing yards allowed per game
– the Lancers will look to rely on their passing game against the Hawks that averages nearly 250 yards per game

IN THEIR WORDS – Michael Faulds
“A lot of excitement for our last regular season home game, not only is it a school day game with thousands of screaming elementary school kids, but it is also our senior day and another must win football game for our team. Windsor is a team we haven’t played in a couple years, but we know they will be well prepared and really want to beat us. We need to continue to build off the momentum we gained last week against Carleton and play four great quarters to keep our playoff hopes alive.”

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

QB Connor Carusello (Caledonia, Ont.)
– coming off an impressive showing in his first career start, the young Golden Hawks pivot will be looking to back up that performance against Carleton with another strong game against the Lancers
– showcased a strong, accurate arm against the Ravens that helped him throw for 383 yards and four touchdowns

DL Robbie Smith (Brampton, Ont.)
– Smith is coming off his best game of the season against Carleton and is now up to 15.5 tackles and three sacks for the season
– sitting two sacks behind Kwaku Boateng for the all-time Laurier record, Smith will be tasked with trying to disrupt Windsor QB Sam Girard who has thrown for 11 touchdowns, versus just two interceptions, this season

Windsor Lancers

REC Alex Bornais (Tecumseh, Ont.)
– a deep receiving core for the Lancers that features three 300-plus yard receivers is led by Bornais, who has 392 yards and three touchdowns so far this season

LB Daniel Metcalfe (Kingsville, Ont.)
– the third-year linebacker has been a dominant presence for Windsor all season, posting 41.5 total tackles along with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception

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