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 1-2 after a 36-15 loss to the Western Mustangs. The score definitely looks lopsided, but with five minutes remaining in the game, we held a 15-14 lead before the floodgates opened. Tough to have silver linings or moral victories, but there is lots to build off for how we played for 3.5 quarters. We will use this bye week to work on fundamentals, execution, and ultimately get healthier for the final stretch of the season.
Offensively we got in our own way at times and had self-inflicted mistakes. Dropped balls, too many men in huddle, and misaligned formations all took yardage away and prevented us from executing more efficiently and putting more points on the board. Quarterback Taylor Elgersma stood in there and made some terrific throws under extreme pressure from Western defensive line. On the day, Taylor was 18-30 for 241 yards. The dropped footballs alone would have increased his total by roughly 100 yards. Taylor spread he ball around evenly with all five starting receivers: Eguavoen, Simpson, Bailey, Petermann and Thorne all having 3-4 catches each. On the ground we had very little rushing attack, the one bright spot was an 8-yard touchdown run by Kavantye Bailey in the 3rd quarter, which gave us a 15-7 lead. Our Offensive player of the week was QB Taylor Elgersma.
This was one of the more impressive defensive displays in years. Western did not score a single point in the first half and as mentioned before we held a 15-14 lead with five minutes remaining in the game. Turnovers were the key, as we intercepted Western quarterbacks 3 times: LB Tommy Bringi, DB Patrick Burke Jr, and DB Christian Hutter-Coppin. We also forced two fumbles and recovered both of them and on top of that, we had a big third down stop. Not only did we create turnovers, but we also pressured the two Western quarterbacks and had three sacks: LB Ife Onyemenam, LB Tommy Bringi, and DE Luke Brubacher. Fantastic stat lines and games played by many, but in his first career start our defensive player of the game was Linebacker Ife Onyemenam.
Impressively in his first year, red shirt freshman kicker Dawson Hodge is now 7 for 7 on field goals in his three game career. Dawson connected on field goals from 41 and 39 yards out. Dawson also had two punts over 50 yards, one of which travelled 59 yards. As good as our specials teams played at times, our punt protection had mental errors on two occasions resulting in Western being able to block two punts. Then with five minutes, remaining in the game Western captured the lead with a punt return touchdown. Our top cover player, who made some fantastic tackles, was defensive back Ryan Long – Ryan is our special team’s player of the week.
Full Game Recap: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10920
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 3, in preparation for the Western Mustangs our offensive scout team player of the week was WR Ryan Speight and our defensive scout team player of the week is DB Tristan Hudson.
This weekend is our bye week. We next play on Saturday, October 16th down in Hamilton at 1pm vs the McMaster Marauders.
More Laurier Football Headlines:
- 2021 Laurier Golden Hawks Hall of Fame
- Fantastic Laurier Football representation in the 2021 Laurier Golden Hawks Hall of Fame class.
- 2004 Yates Cup Champions https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10927
Defensive End Kwaku Boateng https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10921
Linebacker Nakas Onyeka https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10903
- 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 $49,293, which is 123% 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
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend & Go Hawks Go!