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 now 1-1 after a tough 36-12 loss to the Waterloo Warriors. Many things to clean up as we prepare for our game this upcoming weekend vs the Western Mustangs down in London
Offensively it was a tough day at the office and we struggled at times to play mistake free football. The errors along with the very hard rain made it challenging to consistently move the ball. In his first career start, quarterback Taylor Elgersma showed real toughness as he took several hits and kept standing in there and throwing the ball. Late in the first half, he orchestrated a good drive, which ended with 15-yard touchdown pass to receiver Raidan Thorne. Raidan tied fellow receiver Kavantye Baily for the team lead in receiving yards, both with 43 on the day. Nick Petermann had 35 yards on three receptions and both Romy Simpson and Anton Matthews had 25 yards receiving. Altogether, Elgersma threw for 205 yards on 17 completions. On the ground, Tanner Nelmes had 60 yards rushing, Brady Loenhart had 17 and Avery Scott added 10 yards. Our offensive player of the game was receiver Kavantye Bailey who not only blocked well, but also had 4 receptions for 43 yards.
Defensively we played the single toughest player to defend in the country in Warriors quarterback Tre Ford. Just when you think, you have Ford wrapped up for a tackle he manages to escape and scramble for first downs. Mr. Ford threw for 226 yards, but it was his 169 yards rushing that was tough to contain. We did create some big plays as defensive back Ryan Long was able to get an interception, defensive back Patrick Burke Jr created a forced fumble on the goal line, and defensive end John O’Reilly had a big 26 yard sack. Our leading tacklers on the day were DT James Fleurissaint with nine, LB Shomari Hutchinson with seven; we than had three players tied with six: DB Ayo Ajayi, LB Tommy Bringi, and DE John O’Reilly. Our defensive player of the week was LB Jordan Veltri, who was all over the field and showed incredible toughness, he had five tackles on the afternoon.
Kicker Dawson Hodge once again was impressive. He made good on his only field goal attempt making it from 41 yards. He also handled the ball well in the wet weather and had six great punts, including one that travelled 54 yards. What was most impressive is that he angled all of his punts away from one of the premier returners in the country in Tyrell Ford (twin brother of QB). Altogether, Ford was only able to get 16 yards on his three returns. In our return game receiver, Ente Eguavoen had seven total returns for 121 yards. The other highlight on special teams was that we were able to once again block a field goal as defensive end John O’Reilly got his big hand up to block a 31-yard attempt. Our special teams’ player of the week was kicker Dawson Hodge.
Full Game Recap: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10910
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 teams and work tirelessly giving the scout team looks of the opposing teams Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams looks. This year we will recognize the Scout teams players of the week. For week 2, in preparation for the Waterloo Warriors our offensive scout team player of the week was WR Zach Swenerton and our defensive scout team player of the week is LB Alex Provan.
This Saturday, October 2nd at 1pm, we play down in London against the Western Mustangs. This is a very important game in the OUA West side of the bracket, as both teams are 1-1 on the season. Western beat McMaster in week one 41-13, before losing to Guelph this past weekend 23-21.
More Laurier Football Headlines:
- Video & Photos from York Game
- Darren Stevenson & 519 Sports Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVsHg_bIlXQ
- Charity Matheson: https://laurierfootball.com/charity-matheson-photography-week-2-vs-waterloo/
- Darla Furlani: https://laurierfootball.com/darla-furlani-photography-week-2-vs-waterloo/
- More Than a Game
- This year all 11 OUA football teams have United Against Racism team flags. We all compete weekly for three hours on Saturday afternoons, but We Are One when it comes to being United Against Racism. Locker rooms across the province are listening, learning, and educating. I am extremely proud of our teams’ togetherness!
- Beyond February
- Our series celebrating many of the terrific black student athletes we have had in the history of our football program continues. Every month on the 29th day, please check out our Laurier Football social media accounts for these features.
- Beyond February to date:
- March 29th – Roan Kane
- April 29th – Chris Redguard
- May 29th – Mark Miles-Levene
- June 29th – Gerry Smith
- July 29th – Ray Wilson
- August 29th – Patrick Smalling
- September 29th – Adrian Jones
- 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign
- Thank you to all that have donated towards our 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign! Amazingly as I am writing this newsletter, we have had 238 donors and raised $48,493, which is 121% of our team goal of $40,000.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- To donate: https://www.laurieralumni.ca/s/1681/15/adoptahawk-interior.aspx?sid=1681&gid=2&pgid=1565
Go Hawks Go!