Josh Davis

The Laurier Golden Hawks are going to have their hands full as they prepare to take on the 8-0 and second ranked Western Mustangs. The Hawks will be looking for a much different result than when the two teams met in September. The Mustangs came into University Stadium and beat the Hawks 59-9 in a game that was never competitive.

However, this is a different Laurier football team facing the Mustangs this week, as the Hawks are peaking at the right time. The Mustangs will be heavily favoured, however, the Hawks (under Coach Faulds) have shown an ability to rise to the level of their opponent.



OTTAWA (CIS) – Wilfrid Laurier running back Dillon Campbell, Saskatchewan defensive back Vince Greco and Calgary kicker Johnny Mark are the CIS football players of the week for the period ending Oct. 31, 2015.

Campbell, a fifth-year kinesiology / physical education student from Whitby, Ont., was honoured on offence thanks to his record performance in a stunning 29-15 OUA quarter-final win over defending conference champion and 2014 Vanier Cup finalist McMaster, Saturday in Hamilton. Playing in what could have been the final game of his brilliant university career, the 5-foot-8, 205-pound senior exploded for 285 rushing yards, a new school standard and the best tally in the country this season, on 39 carries, which tied the OUA single-game record. It was the first playoff win since 2010 for the Golden Hawks (5-4), who travel to London on Saturday to face undefeated Western (8-0) in semifinal action (1 p.m. on Rogers TV & OUA.TV).


Photos: Bruce Bell

BURLINGTON, ON – The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Football Players of the Week for the period ending November 2nd, 2015.

OFFENCE: Dillon Campbell (Whitby, Ont.) – 5th yr. – Laurier

Dillon Campbell exploded for a stunning 295 yards to help lead his Laurier Golden Hawks to an upset 29-15 win over the defending Yates Cup champions McMaster Marauders this weekend.

The 5-foot-8, 205 lbs Whitby, Ont. native carried the ball a stunning 40 times, breaking the OUA record for most carries in a game, all while averaging a ridiculous 7.4 yards per carry. The Hawks all-time leading rusher, and the holder of six Laurier rushing records, broke one of his own against Mac, with his rushing performance breaking the school’s single game rushing record to lead the purple and gold to their first playoff victory since 2010.


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Graphic: Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks announced today the football players of the week for their OUA Quarter-final victory and they include running back Dillon Campbell on offence, defensive back Austin Reusch on defence, and cover Kwaku Boateng on special teams

The Laurier Football Players of the Game are recognized weekly at the Quarterback Club luncheon. This week’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 5 in the Hawk’s Nest and will run from noon to 1 p.m.



Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics
HAMILTON, ON – On the strength of one of the greatest single-game performances in school history, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks upset the No. 6 McMaster Marauders 29-15 in the OUA Quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium.

Star running back Dillon Campbell, of Whitby, Ont., the Hawks all-time leading rusher and the holder of six Laurier rushing records, broke one of his own against the defending Yates Cup champions as he ran for a single-game school record of 295 yards to lead the purple and gold to their first playoff victory since 2010.


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Photo: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record

Christine Rivet
Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — You might not have heard much about one of the finest defensive co-ordinators in the country because under the radar is exactly where Ron VanMoerkerke likes to fly.

He does, however, poke his head out from time to time.

“I don’t like the limelight. The attention should go to the players,” insisted Wilfrid Laurier University’s defensive wizard, the antithesis of his bold, brash and in-your-face defence.

Cool and in control, VanMoerkerke has quietly pulled the levers on the Golden Hawk defence for a dozen years, winning a Vanier Cup in 2005.

VanMoerkerke, 47, is the longest-serving defensive co-ordinator in the 11-team Ontario University Athletics football conference and almost certainly its most respected.


Photo: Kha Vo

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

Game Date/Time: Saturday, October 31 – 1 p.m.
Game Location: Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton
Live Webcast/Stats:
Radio: TSN 1150


The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, the sixth seed in the OUA, will be looking for the upset this Saturday when they face the No. 6 McMaster Marauders, the third seed in the OUA, in one of two OUA Quarter-final games.


The Hawks and Marauders last squared off two weeks ago in Week 8 of the regular season where McMaster picked up a 30-21 victory at University Stadium.