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 2-2 after a 22-0 victory in Hamilton this past weekend against the McMaster Marauders. We now shift our focus to the 2-2 Windsor Lancers who come to town this Saturday, October 23rd for a 2pm kickoff.
Offensively quarterback Connor Carusello was back after leaving with a shoulder injury in the 1st quarter of our first game against the York Lions. He was able to spread the ball around evenly to six different targets. Carusello finished the day 16 of 25 for 200 yards. Three receivers had four receptions: Ente Eguavoen, Romy Simpson, and Raidan Thorne. On the ground, it was running back by committee as five different Hawks had carries for a total of 112 yards rushing. Leading the charge was senior running back Kevin Wong, who missed the first 3 games due to injury, but is working his way back and had 50 yards on the afternoon. Our offensive player of the game was receiver Ente Eguavoen for his 4 receptions for 65 yards.
A shutout in football is one of the tougher things to do as a team – to do so against the annually high-powered McMaster offence makes it an even more impressive accomplishment. The biggest key to the success was the consistent pressure that we put on the McMaster quarterbacks all afternoon. In total, we had an impressive 9 sacks. Leading the way once again was defensive end Luke Brubacher who had 3 sacks. Other defenders getting to the quarterback include LB Tommy Bringi, DB Christian Hutter-Coppin, DE Reignings Awah, DE John O’Reilly, and DT Abraham Odiase. The pressure also helped create turnovers, as we had two interceptions one by DB Will Amoah and another by Patrick Burke Jr. Patrick Burke Jr’s interception was early in the 1st quarter and he returned it 37 yards for the touchdown. This was right after the fumble return touchdown and gave us a quick 14-0 lead. Leading the way in tackles was once again LB Ife Onyemenam with six, LB Tommy Bringi added five, and DB Christian Hutter-Coppin had 4.5. Our defensive player of the week was defensive end Luke Brubacher for his three sacks and a forced fumble.
The game could not have started any better on special teams. Early in the first quarter, Dawson Hodge boomed a punt and the McMaster returner dropped it and it perfectly popped up into the hands of defensive back Ryan Long who caught it and ran all the way for a touchdown to give us the early 7-0 lead. Our coverage and protection was great all day – something that we really focussed on the whole bye-week. Dawson made 2 of 3 field goals and is now 9 of 10 on the season. Our special team’s player of the week was Ryan Long for his great tackling and the big fumble recovery touchdown.
Full Game Recap: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10945
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 game 4, in preparation for the McMaster Marauders our offensive scout team player of the week was WR Jake Bennett and our defensive scout team player of the week is DL Omari Hastings.
This week we play host to the Windsor Lancers – note that this is a 2pm kickoff. Windsor is also 2-2 on the year, with losses to Waterloo & Western and wins against Guelph & McMaster. With just two regular season games remaining, saying it is an important football game in an understatement.
More Laurier Football Headlines:
· Fantastic Photos from Mike Veltri
· Walk-On Defensive End Luke Brubacher
o Terrific article by Mark Bryson in The Record about DE Luke Brubacher. Luke first put on a helmet less than 2 months ago and now finds himself 2nd in the OUA in sacks.
· Ranked #9 in the country
o Thanks to our win in Hamilton, we have returned to the top 10 list. This is not something we pump our chests about – end of season rankings are what matters most.
· 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign
o Incredible! 241 Donors and raised $49,518, which is 123% of our team goal of $40,000.
o Thank you to all that have donated!
Go Hawks Go!