Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
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We are now 3-2 after a 33-8 victory over the Windsor Lancers this past weekend. We now shift our focus to the final regular season game of the year this Saturday, October 30th at 1pm against the Waterloo Warriors.
Offensively we played our best game of the year with a very balanced attack. We ended the day with 185 rushing yards and 304 yards passing. Quarterback Connor Carusello was 18/25 for 250 yards and two touchdown passes. Quarterback Taylor Elgersma also saw some action and was 2/2 for 54 yards and one touchdown pass. Receiver Ben McAlpine caught his second touchdown pass of the year on an acrobatic throw from Carusello. The top target on the day was Ente Eguavoen, who had the second most receiving yards for a Laurier receiver ever, as he had 10 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, our running back by committee was on top display. Our full backs, tight ends and offensive line did a great job creating holes for Tanner Nelmes 36 yards, Kevin Wong’s 60 yards, and breakout performer Quentin (Avery) Scott’s 86 yards and a touchdown. No Surprise our offensive player of the week was WR Ente Eguavoen.
Coming off a shutout against McMaster a week ago, our defence almost did it again! Windsor did not score until 1:18 left on the clock in the 4th quarter. This stellar performance by our defence is becoming the norm and so is creating many turnovers. We lead all of U Sports in interceptions with 13 and fumble recoveries with 11 – an incredible 24 turnovers created in just five games. We intercepted the Windsor quarterbacks three times on Saturday: LB Tommy Bringi, DB Christian Hutter-Coppin, and DB Ayo Ajayi. Linebacker Tommy Bringi also forced a huge fumble early in the second quarter as Windsor was driving. Both Bringi and DB Chris Haggart led the team in tackles with seven each. In addition, contributing greatly was DB Patrick Burke JR and LB Shomari Hutchinson both with four tackles on the afternoon. Our defensive player of the week was linebacker Tommy Bringi.
We cannot say enough how impressed we are with freshman kicker Dawson Hodge. We felt in recruiting we got the best kicker in the country and he is living up to that every single week. Dawson averaged 44.1 on his punts, including a 57 yarder. Dawson is now 11/12 on field goals on the year, after going 2 for 2 against Windsor, connecting from both 15 and 41 yards. Our protection and coverage units were also impressive. Tight end Cal Taylor is a key cog in protection, and both defensive backs Ryan Long and Chris Haggart covered and tackled well. Our special teams player of the week was Dawson Hodge.
Full Game Recap: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10957
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 five, in preparation for the Windsor Lancers our offensive scout team player of the week was WR Tyriq Quayson and our defensive scout team player of the week was DB Elias Chagui.
This week we travel just two-minutes away and play the Battle of Waterloo Round # 2 at Waterloo Saturday at 1pm. Waterloo is now 2-3 on the season. They started 2-0 with victories over Windsor and us in week two, but have since lost games against McMaster, Guelph, and Western. Being the last game of the year there are many playoff implications. Read all OUA playoff scenarios here: https://oua.ca/news/2021/10/26/football-plenty-to-play-for-on-the-gridiron-with-playoff-positions-still-up-in-the-air.aspx
More Laurier Football Headlines:
- Fantastic Photos from our Windsor Game
- Charity Matheson: https://laurierfootball.com/charity-matheson-2021-week-6-vs-windsor/
- Ranked #8 in the country.
- Our victory over Windsor has moved us up one spot nationally to the eighth ranked team in the country.
- OUA & U Sports Players of the week.
- WR Ente Eguavoen got both OUA & U Sports offensive player of the week
- LB Tommy Bringi got OUA defensive player of the week.
- Argos Kurleigh Gittens Jr – article by Mike Hogan
- Two straight 100 yards receiving games by Kurleigh Gittens Jr.
- OUA Anti-Racism Research
- Very insightful Anti-Racism Report done by the OUA and Toronto’s IDEAS Research lab.
- 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign
- Incredible! 242 Donors and raised $49,718, which is 124% of our team goal of $40,000.
- Thank you to all that have donated!
- To donate: https://www.laurieralumni.ca/s/1681/15/adoptahawk-interior.aspx?sid=1681&gid=2&pgid=1565
Go Hawks Go!