Laurier Football – Week 1

­­­­Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football prog­­­ram,

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

We are 1-0 after a 37-6 victory over the York Lions this past Saturday Afternoon. There is lots to be impressed with and happy about, but also many areas that we can improve upon and will this week before our big game vs Waterloo this Saturday.

Offence:

Offensively we started the scoring off with a perfect QB Connor Carusello touchdown pass to receiver Ben McAlpine, this was the first of Ben’s career. Unfortunately, on the next drive Carusello left the game after a hit on his left shoulder (status day to day).  First year of eligibility, QB Taylor Elgersma took over at the helm and moved the offence successfully for the rest of the game. Late in the second quarter Elgersma found veteran receiver Kavantye Bailey for an 11 yards touchdown pass. One of the favourite targets on the day was 5th year receiver Ente Eguavoen, who had 7 receptions for 121 yards. Much of the second half was a ground a pound attack behind our offensive line, fullbacks and tight ends, led by running back Tanner Nelmes who had 20 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. Tanner was also our Offensive Player of the week.

Defence:

Defensively we put pressure on all three York Quarterbacks all day. This constant pressure might have only resulted in one sack by DE Luke Brubacher, but it was also the reason for four interceptions on the afternoon. These big interceptions were by, DB Will Amoah, DB Christian Hutter-Coppin, LB Tommy Bringi, and LB Shomari Hutchinson. On the ground, York had nowhere to go as all 12 members on defence constantly swarmed to the ball giving up just one rushing yard on 15 carries. In terms of tackles: LB Shomari Hutchinson led the way with 9, LB Tommy Bringi had 6, DB Patrick Burke Jr had five and we had four players with four tackles each: DB Ryan Long, DB Will Amoah, LB Jordan Veltri, and LB Mitch Rooney. Our Defensive Player of the week was LB Tommy Bringi.

Special Teams:

Going into the game, we knew that we were starting a new long snapper and a new kicker, both who had never dressed for a University football game before. Amazingly, Long Snapper Jason MacGougan and Kicker Dawson Hodge did exceptionally well. Dawson was 4 for 4 on Field Goals connecting from 12, 16, 20, and 31 yards away. He also punted the ball 8 times for a very impressive 42.2 yards per punt. In the return game, receivers Romy Simpson, Ente Eguavoen, and Josiah McKoy shared the duties and collectively had 8 returns for 118 yards. The day on specials was highlighted by blocking three kicks. LB Ife Onyemenam blocked a punt and LB Shomari Hutchinson blocked both a punt and a field goal. Shomari’s big day got him both ours and the OUA’s Specials Teams player of the week.

Full Athletics Game Recap: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10894

Scout Teams:

Unfortunately, in Canadian University Football not everyone gets to dress on game days, as they do in the NCAA. In fact, for home games 55 players dress and on the road just 47 players. Many of the players that do not get to dress are the heartbeat of our team and work tirelessly giving the scout team looks of the opposing teams Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams systems. This year we will recognize the Scout teams players of the week. For week 1, in preparation for the York Lions our offensive scout team player of the week was QB D’Andre Brookes and our defensive scout team player of the week is LB Jayden Griffiths.

Next up:

This Saturday, September 25th at 1pm, we play host to crosstown rivals the Waterloo Warriors. This will be the first of two #BattleOfWaterloo games this year, as we also travel across the street and play at Waterloo in the final regular season game of the year on Saturday, October 30th. Waterloo is a well-coached team, with some very talented players, and they are 1-0 after defeating the Windsor Lancers 42-14 in week 1.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         Video & Photos from York Game

o   Darren Stevenson & 519 Sports Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NguccfMp08I

o   Charity Matheson: https://laurierfootball.com/charity-matheson-photography-2021-week-1-vs-york/

o   Rossy Pasternak: https://laurierfootball.com/rossy-pasternak-photography-week-1-vs-york/

·         2021 Hall of Fame Class

o   Excited to say that Laurier Football is well represented at this years Sports Hall of Fame. Defensive End Kwaku Boateng, Linebacker Nakas Onyeka, and the 2004 Yates Cup Championship team are all being inducted.

o   Read about all other inductees here: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10889

·         2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign

o   Thank you to all that have donated towards our 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign! Amazingly as I am writing this newsletter, we have had 237 donors and raised $48,193, which is 120% of our team goal of $40,000.

o   We still have players that could use your help to reach their own individual goal of $300. If you would like me to help you find a player that matches your needs please email me mfaulds@wlu.ca

o   To donate: https://www.laurieralumni.ca/s/1681/15/adoptahawk-interior.aspx?sid=1681&gid=2&pgid=1565

Go Hawks Go!

Coach Faulds

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