Laurier Football – Quarterfinals

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

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Playoffs are here!!! This Saturday, November 6th at 1pm we will play host to the Guelph Gryphons at University Stadium. We finished the season 3-3 after a tough 36-8 loss to the Waterloo Warriors this past weekend. With Laurier, Waterloo, and Guelph all finishing 3-3, the tiebreaker came down to record against common opponents: Western, McMaster, and Windsor. We were 2-1 in those games, while Guelph and Waterloo were 1-2. As a result, we get the #2 seed and Guelph gets #3 because of their victory over Waterloo. The OUA West Semi-Finals will be #4 Waterloo @ #1 Western and #3 Guelph @ #2 Laurier. In the OUA East, the matchups are #4 Carleton @ #1 Queens and #3 Ottawa @ #2 Toronto.

Getting to know Guelph:

Like us, Guelph has had some very impressive games this year and then ones where they played below their potential. At their best, Guelph won games against Western and Waterloo and on the other end of the spectrum; they lost close games against Windsor and McMaster. Despite the ups and downs, we know in the playoffs we are going to see the best version of the Gryphons this Saturday.


Offensively Guelph has played three different Quarterbacks this year. Shawn Lal is their starter, but both Deandre Rose and Ettore Casati III have seen playing time. In the running game, they are a running back by committee type team, with five players having over 10 carries this year, led by Kwame Osei with 51 rushes for 199 yards. Their strength on offence is definitely their two receivers #12 Kiondre Smith and #6 Clark Barnes. Smith has 35 receptions for 472 yards and 4 touchdowns and Barnes has 23 receptions for 345 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively we will need to keep a close eye on both players all afternoon.


Defensively Guelph has good players on all three levels of defence. Upfront both defensive ends AJ Allen and Kristian Stewart are quick. Allen has four sacks and Stewart has 4.5 on the year. At linebacker, veteran Jared Beeksma plays sideline to sideline and is second on the team in tackles with 36.5, just behind AJ Allen who leads the Gryphons with 39.5. As good as the Gryphons are upfront, their defensive backs are even better. Unlike most teams in the conference, they have good athletes that are not afraid to play lots of man coverage. Their boundary corner Siriman Harrison Magayogo leads the secondary and playing beside him is Kosi Onyeka (brother of Laurier great LB Nakas Onyeka). We will need a balanced attack on offence and we have to execute at a high level.

Special Teams:

Guelph’s kicker Eric Stranz has a very strong leg; he is 17 of 22 on field goal attempts including one from 50 yards. Stranz also averages 41 yards per punt. In the return game, both receivers Kiondre Smith and Clark Barnes are very dangerous with the ball in their hands. Barnes returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Waterloo and Smith is the most consistent punt returner in the conference.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

  • Players of the Week vs Waterloo
    • Offence – WR Kavantye Bailey
    • Defence – DL Brandon Omonuwa
    • Special Teams – DB Nico McCarthy
    • Offensive Scout – OL Daniel Crowe
    • Defensive Scout – DL Omari Hastings

Photos from Waterloo Game – Mike Veltri

  • We Are One United Against Racism
    • Proud to say that several OUA coaches and players have been meeting since the start of the summer and collectively all 11 football playing universities in Ontario have teamed up for this: We Are One United Against Racism initiative.
    • Please check my personal, Laurier’s, and the OUA’s social media accounts for videos from this campaign. @MichaelFaulds @WLUAthletics @OUAsport
  • 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
      • October 29th – Corey Grant

Go Hawks Go!

Coach Faulds