Laurier Football Update – February 2020

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

This newsletter is brought to you by our great friends and the best movers AMJ Campbell.

Big news since our last newsletter!! We are thrilled to announce the addition of Offensive Coordinator Todd Galloway to our staff. Todd is a fantastic coach, recruiter, leader and happens to also be a Laurier alum: https://laurierfootball.com/2020/01/28/todd-galloway-named-offensive-coordinator/#more-40233

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Coach Galloway has already started to put in his new offensive system, which has created a lot of buzz and excitement in the program. We look forward to seeing his positive impact on the program in many ways. 

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2020 Clothing Drive

o   Our clothing drive was a great success and will definitely become an annual event now. Together our team collected 14 large football travel bags worth of clothes and donated them to Thrift on Kent.

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Football Banquet

o   Our annual team banquet was held in the Turret on campus – Saturday, January 25th. Thank you to Jeyas and his staff for putting together such a great event. Another big thank you to our emcee Dan Polischuk.

o   “Score to Win” was presented at the banquet by Pete Izzio who kindly donated $2,300, which is $100 for every FG an TD scored at home in the 2019 season.

o   We also had a special presentation by Coach Gary Jeffries who donated the proceeds of his annual golf tournament to the Lee Maggiacomo scholarship fund and presented it former Golden Hawk great LB Anthony Maggiacomo.

o   Photos by Rossy Pasternak: https://laurierfootball.com/laurier-football-banquet-2020/

o   Here are the award winners:

  • Laurier Leader Award presented by AMJ Campbell – DB Will Amoah
  • Lineman of the Year – DL Sam Acheampong
  • Special Teams MVP – LB Mitch Rooney
  • Defensive MVP – LB Tommy Bringi
  • Offensive MVP – OL JD Richardson & OL Drew Mairleitner
  • Team MVP – RB Levondre Gordon

East/West Bowl Invites Announced:

o   The U Sports All-Star game is once again in Ottawa this year in the first week of May. This year we have three players representing Laurier Football: OL Bryce Bell, DL Alfred Green and RB/WR Kavantye Bailey.

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Proud of our Hawks #2020EastWestBowl #SoarAbove

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Save the Date – Friday, May 1st – Laurier Football Gala

o   Our 21st Annual Golden Hawks Football Dinner will be held on Friday, May 1st on campus once again at the beautiful Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. More details of the event to come.

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RIM Practices

o   We are back at RIM Park practicing every Friday from 3-5pm.

o   Take a look at the great photos from Rossy Pasternak:

Weekly Hard Hats

o   The weekly hard hats are awarded to the offensive and defensive players of the week who have worked the hardest and given the most effort in workouts, meetings and practice.

o   Week #3 went to Quarterback Connor Carusello and Defensive Lineman Alfred Green

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Leaders lead #SoarAbove

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o   Week #4 went to Linebacker Ife Onyemenam and Quarterback Connor Irwin-Lewis

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Work hard and get rewarded #SoarAbove

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o   Week #5 went to Offensive Lineman Isaiah Adams and Defensive Lineman John O’Reilly

Alumni Update

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Recruiting Class update

o   We are pleased with the 24 committed recruits we have in this years recruiting class

o   Our staff is working tirelessly to secure a few more in the coming months

NAME POS SCHOOL HT WT HOMETOWN
1 KEYON GRATTON DT ST MARY’S 6’4″ 280 KITCHENER, ON
2 ZACK BURMASTER WR ST THOMAS MORE 6’3″ 210 HAMILTON, ON
3 JARED WEILER DB RESURRECTION 6’1″ 185 WATERLOO, ON
4 JOSH RIETVELD OL ASSUMPTION 6’5″ 275 BRANTFORD, ON
5 MALIK BLOUT DL SIR ALLAN MACNABB 6’5″ 235 HAMILTON, ON
6 TYRESSE GRIFFITH RB ST DAVID 5’11” 180 WATERLOO, ON
7 CHIDERA UBOSI DL ABBEY PARK 6’6″ 235 OAKVILLE, ON
8 JASON MACGOUGAN LS M.M. ROBINSON 5’11” 215 BURLINGTON, ON
9 AVERY SCOTT RB DAVID SUZUKI 5’10” 205 MISSISSAUGA, ON
10 TRENT HUNTER WR A.N MYER 6’0″ 180 NIAGARA FALLS, ON
11 COLTON LONGBOAT OL MCKINNON PARK 6’6″ 299 CALEDONIA, ON
12 ANTHONY BRISCOE WR HOLY TRINITY 6’0″ 185 OAKVILLE, ON
13 AFOLABI AWOGBEMI DL ST THOMAS AQUINAS 6’3″ 255 BRAMPTON, ON
14 PAUL OWOLABI DB CENTENNIAL 6’1″ 190 CALGARY, AB
15 RYAN NEWICK WR ST THOMAS MORE 6’1″ 185 HAMILTON, ON
16 D’ANDRE BROOKES QB DAVID SUZUKI 6’2″ 190 MISSISSAUGA, ON
17 DAWSON HODGE K/P TERRY FOX 5’11” 180 PORT COQUITLAM, BC
18 GRANT GILMOUR LB GLENVIEW PARK 6’1″ 180 CAMBRIDGE, ON
19 ETHAN ELLIOTT DB TERRY FOX 6’1″ 185 PORT COQUITLAM, BC
20 FOLA ADENIYI DB ST THOMAS MORE 5’11” 175 HAMILTON, ON
21 ETHAN JORDAN WR CHATHAM KENT 5’11” 180 CHATHAM, ON
22 TANNER ELSON OL HOLY TRINITY 6’4″ 255 OAKVILLE, ON
23 ETHAN BAYFIELD WR ST. MIKES 5’11” 170 TORONTO, ON
24 MATT CARUSO DL OAKRIDGE 6’2″ 230 LONDON, ON

Please save the dates of our Home Games:

o   Sunday, September 6th at 7pm vs. Windsor Lancers – Home Opener & Frosh Game

o   Saturday, September 26th at 1pm vs. Ottawa Gee-Gees – Homecoming

o   Friday, October 9th at 7pm vs. York Lions – Thanksgiving Game

o   Saturday, October 24th at 1pm vs. Waterloo Warriors – Battle of Waterloo

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Until next time,

Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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