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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
We are still alive and have a lot to play for this weekend down in London after a 39-24 victory over the Windsor Lancers at our School day and Senior day game last Friday in front of 4,498 fans.
Another record setting day for receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr as he became the all-time receptions leader in the OUA. Kurleigh now has 200 receptions in his career.
The most amazing part is that most people he’s passed and those still ahead (only 5 in U Sports history), all played five years and Kureligh has done this in just four seasons.
The run game was key for our offensive success as the wind was a big deal on Friday. Levondre Gordon led the way with 19 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Wong also found the endzone and had eight carries for 40 yards.
Through the air, QB Connor Carusello was 12 of 22 for 159 yards. His favorite target was Kurleigh, who finished the afternoon with eight receptions for 101 yards.
Impressive effort on defence as we limited Windsor to just 87 rushing yards and a grand total of 256 total yards. It was a day of big plays as we had four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Defensive tackle Trevaughan James led the QB pressure with 1.5 sacks, linebacker Tommy Bringi and defensive lineman Sam Acheampong each had one and defensive end Tyler Eckert got a half sack. As for the turnovers, linebacker Mario Pineda recovered the fumble and defensive back Will Amoah made a fantastic interception in the endzone.
Amoah also led the group in tackles with 7, linebackers Tommy Bringi and Scott Hutter both had 6 and Trevaughan James had 4.5.
Another record setter on Friday was kicker Nathan Mesher who became Laurier’s all-time leading scorer and now has 275 points to his name. Nathan was a perfect 4 for 4 on field goals, connecting for 29, 38, 42 and 17 yards.
In the return game, Kureligh, Esson Hamilton and even full back Mario Villamizar all contributed to us having eight returns for 103 yards.
The big play on special teams was when kicker Max Sherwood kicked off deep into the endzone and defensive back Chris Haggart caused a fumble allowing receiver Esson Hamilton to pick it up for the touchdown.
Up Next: We travel to London this weekend to play the Western Mustangs at their Homecoming Saturday, October 20th at 1pm. With a win we can finish as high as the 2nd seed in the OUA and have a first round bye, with a loss we can finish as low as 7th and out of the playoffs.
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